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Born 1973

B.F.A. in Miniature Painting, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (1996)

The artist lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Select Solo Exhibitions

2007-06 Directed and Coordinated Double Date, a collaborative inter-disciplinary performance project,
AKA Gallery, Saskatoon and Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2003 Conceived, Directed and Coordinated Lady Excusing her Love Bites as Cat Scratches, a
collaborative performance artwork, produced by SAVAC, Canada
2001 Woven Narratives: New Miniatures, Gallery Rohtas II, Lahore, Pakistan
2000 Miniature Paintings, Gallery Jutner, AIR Program, Vienna, Austria

Select Group Exhibitions

2009 Contemporary art exhibit, featuring Pakistani artists Farida Batool, Adeela Suleman and
Tazeen Qayyum at Aicon Gallery, New York
2009 Failed States: recent work by Tazeen Qayyum and Adeela Suleman, Aicon Gallery, London
2008 Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto and New York
2008 Elusive Realities: recent works by Tazeen Qayyum and Sumaira Tazeen, Chawkandi Gallery,
Karachi, Pakistan
2007-08 Urban Myths & Modern Fables, curated by Haema Sivanesan, University of Technology, Sydney
and 24Hr Art, Darwin, Australia and Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough,
2007 Never promised you a Rose Garden: Art of Pakistan, private collection of Brigitte Neubacher,
Palais Palffy, Vienna, Austria
Homecoming, curated by Atteqa Ali, National Gallery of Pakistan, Islamabad
Dialogue with Tradition, curated by M. Imran Quraishi, National Gallery of
Pakistan, Islamabad
Women Looking East, curated by Steven Spennel, University of Rhode Island, Providence
Campus, U.S.A.
2006 Contemporary Miniatures: Between Two Worlds, Croweaters Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
Gendering Detail, Contemporary Miniature Paintings, curated by Kristy Phillips,
Art Square Gallery and SAGA (South Asian Gallery of Art) Toronto, Canada
2005 Ongoing Dialogue, Foresight Art Center, Amman, Jordon
A Thousand and One Days: The Art of Pakistani Women Miniaturists, curated by Enrico
Mascelloni, Salima Hasmi and Duccio K. Marignoli, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii and
Musee des Beaux, Rouen, France
Miniatures, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
Bartlett Center for the Arts, Oklahoma State University, USA
2004 JALA- Japan Afro-Asian Latin American Exchange Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum,
2003 Bolly>Lolly>Holly>Tolly, a SAVAC member exhibition, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
43rd Suzzara Prize 2003-Spirit and Body; between tradition and cybernetics,
curated by Enrico Mascelloni , Padova, Italy
3rd Annual Exhibition by the Canadian Society of Miniature painters, Sculptors and Gravers, at
the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa.
Negotiating Borders; Miniature Paintings, curated by Salima Hashmi, Siddhartha Art Gallery,
Kathmandu, Nepal.
2002 2nd Painting Biennale, Saba Cultural and Artistic Center, Tehran, Iran
Miniatures, Croweaters Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
10th Asian Biennale, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2001 Contemporary Artists from Pakistan, curated by Salima Hashmi, Athens, Greece
and Warsaw, Poland
2000 Contemporary Miniature Paintings, Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Contemporary Miniatures, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
1999 Miniature Paintings, Offset Portfolio Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan
1996 Degree Show, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
1995 Miniaturists, Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore, Pakistan

Achievements and Awards

2008 Project Grant for emerging artists, Toronto Arts Council, Canada
2006 Access and Career Development Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Canada
2006 Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Canada
2000 UNESCO Bursary for a three-month residency in Vienna, Austria
1997 Pioneer member, The Offset Portfolio Centre- a resource centre which maintains a database
on the works of artists from Pakistan
1997-2000 Organized seven group and eight solo exhibitions of various artists at The Offset Portfolio
1999 Teaching, Art of Miniature Painting
1996 Award of Excellence, performance, National College of Arts, Lahore
1992-1996 Three Gold Medals for puppet making and performance, by The Puppeteers NCA, Pakistan


National Gallery of Amman, Jordon
National Art Gallery, Nepal
Federal Chancellery, Vienna, Austria