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Fine Art Focus: Shahzia Sikander

by Grace Bonney

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Few things make me happier than discovering an artist or maker I’ve never heard of. Not only do I get to fall in love with something wonderful and new (to me), but I get that very important reminder that there is always more to find, more to understand and more to learn.

For today’s Fine Art Focus, Ana Na chose artist . Her work blew me away from the moment Ana’s email loaded. I love seeing the way she weaves watercolor, gauche and paper together to tell beautiful and often complex stories with deep political and cultural connections. Her work also introduced me to the world of contemporary miniature painting! Read on to learn more about Shahzia and her artwork. xo, grace

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About: Shahzia was born in Pakistan and received her BFA from the National College of Arts in Lahore in 1991. She moved to the United States to get her MFA from RISD in 1995.
Work: Shahzia’s work examines complex political and social histories through miniature painting, an area she has had a big hand in re-popularizing since the 1990s. She has shown her work in galleries and museums across the world and was awarded the Inaugural Medal of Art by former US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
More: You can read more about Shahzia’s work on her website, watch videos of her work and process and watch a great interview between Shahzia and the Director of the MoMA, Glenn Lowry, .

*Images of artwork courtesy of . Portrait photo via .

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