Beaconhouse National University (BNU)

Soraya Sikander

Graduation year:   2011

Unveils 'Cosmos' Solo Exhibition at Unicorn Gallery

Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design (MDSVAD) alumna, Soraya Sikander, captivated art enthusiasts with her solo exhibition titled 'Cosmos.' The travelling exhibition was unveiled at Unicorn Gallery in Karachi on February 01, 2024, presenting a collection of Sikander's new nature-based paintings. 'COSMOS' was not just an exhibition; it was a journey that art enthusiasts didn't want to miss. Starting from Karachi on February 01 to 07, the exhibition then moved to Lahore from February 22 to 28. This dynamic journey added an extra layer of anticipation and engagement, allowing art lovers in both cities to experience the diverse and captivating artworks of Soraya Sikander. 'Cosmos' at Unicorn Gallery: A Symphony of Nature Renowned for her critically acclaimed landscapes and organic forms, Soraya Sikander's 'Cosmos' redefined and reinterpreted classic subject matter such as landscapes and still-lifes, challenging methods and historical traditions in art. The exhibition, in collaboration with Avari Towers Karachi, Phenomena by Pomme, and Majoor Arts UAE, showcased Sikander's mastery in oil and acrylics on canvas. Notably, the artist was internationally celebrated for her groundbreaking Calligraphy Landscapes. A Resounding International Presence Soraya Sikander, an MDSVAD alumna, earned a distinguished place among South Asia's best-known painters, gaining recognition as an 'Artist to watch' internationally. Trained in fine arts through the London Atelier of Representational Arts, University College London's Slade summer school, and BNU Lahore, Sikander garnered critical acclaim and consistently sold-out exhibitions. A Journey of Art Across the Globe Sikander's work was showcased in premiere museums worldwide, including the National Art Museum of Moldova, National Gallery of China, Etihad Museum, and the Asian Art Museum. Her art also received accolades such as the Art Circle Award Abu Dhabi and was featured in esteemed art auctions, including Bonhams. A Landmark Exhibition in Pakistan This solo exhibition, 'Cosmos,' marked a significant moment for Soraya Sikander as she returned to her home country after a six-year hiatus. The exhibition was a visual feast, offering art enthusiasts a chance to witness the evolution of an artist whose work resonated globally. Beaconhouse National University extended its warmest congratulations to Soraya Sikander and encouraged art lovers to experience the magic of 'Cosmos' at Unicorn Gallery, a showcase of artistic brilliance that reflected the caliber of talent fostered at MDSVAD.

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