Frankly, we do not know much about the works Pakistani artists are putting up abroad. We do not even know that there exists more art outside the Sadequain-Gulgee-Zuberi paradigm that we know of. It is amazing what these artists (rather art visionaries) have created however the people must know about more art genii that are re-defining art as we know today. So go on and read up below, a short profile on Shazia Sikander, a Pakistani-American artist who has been a part of numerous exhibitions both within the country and abroad and recipient of international awards and fellowships.
Born 1969, Shazia studied at the National College of Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design. With mass international acknowledgment, Shazia has been able to challenge how miniature painting and art has been perceived so far. Pushing all boundaries, she has worked with numerous media and performance installations which has garnered her national international recognition in the form of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, the Medal of Art-US State Department, MacArthur Fellowship among many others. Her works infuse history, religious values, and politics with personal themes. Her work has also been a part of the 1997 Whitney Biennale and the 2005 Venice Biennale.
Shazia’s works show great consideration in the way she blends her technique, together with every detail there is in her canvas; the lines, the dots-all tangle up quite aesthetically, something which is losing its essence in post modern art.