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Humaira Abid

Seattle, WA , U.S.A.
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‘My goal is to raise awareness through my work and discuss issues that are often overlooked.’ – Humaira Abid

“[Humaira Abid] hits a new peak, combining technical prowess with fierce vision to produce charged political drama.” ―Michael Upchurch for The Seattle Times

“Searching For Home, in its defiance and compassion, is vital viewing for all of us.” ―T.S. Flock for Vanguard Seattle.

“In her newest exhibit… the political is personal and the perspective is decidedly feminist.” – Brangien Davis for Crosscut

Humaira Abid (b. 1977, Rawalpindi, Pakistan) spent her formative years in Lahore. Challenging the artistic media seen as traditional for women, Abid studied Sculpture and miniature painting at the National College of the Arts in Lahore and graduated with honours in 2000. Abid’s commitment to her artistic career is illustrated by her continuous participation in gallery and museum exhibitions, residencies, art fairs, biennials, symposiums and workshops around the world. She has been reviewed in numerous publications, as well as the subject of multiple documentaries including the NW Emmy Nominated ‘Heartwood’. Now based in the Pacific-Northwest, she still maintains a studio in Lahore, and a frequent guest lecturing and gallery shows in Pakistan. Through her work, Abid pushes the boundaries acceptable for women within Pakistan, while challenging preconceptions about Pakistani culture as her work is exhibited on the global stage. She shows the stains of the political and the social at the scale of the personal.


2000  Honors Graduate, National College of Arts, Lahore.
           Major: Sculpture. Double Minor: Miniature Painting


2018     MY SHAME, traveling solo exhibition, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA and Twelve
             Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2017     SEARCHING FOR HOME, solo museum exhibition, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA
             (Sep. 2017 – March 2018)

2016     THE DRESSING ROOM, solo project presented by Khaas Art Gallery at START
              Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2015     RED, Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

2013     Featured Artist at Aaina, South Asian Women’s Focus, Seattle Asian Arts Museum,
             Seattle, WA

2011     RED, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

2010     SCULPTURES BY HUMAIRA ABID, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2009     LULLABY, Rohtas ll, Lahore, Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan and Showcase
             Art Gallery, Dubai

2007     LOVE GAMES, solo show, Sandra Phillips Art Gallery, Denver, USA

2006     INNER CONCERTO, solo sculpture show, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2004     DIRECTIONS, Solo sculpture exhibition, V.M Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

              ROSE RELATIONSHIPS, Rohtas II, Lahore and Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad,  

2003     HIDDEN PERSPECTIVES, Solo sculpture exhibition, Rohtas II, Lahore, Pakistan


2016      NW ART NOW, Tacoma Art Museum, WA
               WHY WOOD: Contemporary Practices in Timeless Material Wood, SOFAEXPO,
               Chicago, IL
               Represented by Taseer Art Gallery at India Art Fair, New Delhi, India

2015      Exhibition by Khaas Art Gallery at ART15 London, UK
               ‘Out of Sight’ survey show of contemporary northwest artists, King street station,
               Seattle, WA
               FEAT 2015, Artist Trust Fellowship Exhibit, Galvanize, Seattle, WA
               Asian-Pacific American heritage month exhibition, Bellevue City Hall, WA

2014-15 Knock on Wood’ Biennial at Bellevue Arts Museum, WA,
               ‘Against the Grain’ Three person Show, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle WA

2013-14 Installation ‘Garden of Fertility’, Seattle Municipal Tower, WA

2013      Women’s Work: Culture and the Feminine, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012     Past and Present, Zahoor ul Akhlaque Gallery, National College of Arts, Pakistan
              Celebrating Art: 30 Years of Rohtas, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

2010     In Family Unity – Unity of the world, traveling group show, Russia, (September 2010 –    
             Women and Art 2010, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE

2009     Five Women Show, Rohtas ll, Lahore, Pakistan

2007      Group exhibition, National Art Gallery, Islamabad
              Group exhibition, Kuona Trust, Naivasha, Kenya

2005     Art For a Noble Cause, Group exhibition, Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore
             Contemporary Chronicles, in Miniature – Art from Pakistan and India, Art-Alive Gallery                    
             New Delhi, India
             Group exhibition, Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Malaysia

2004     Group exhibition, Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore
             PARTAGE international artists’ exhibition, MGI, Mauritius

2003     Scope X, NCA faculty exhibition, Zahoor ul Akhlaque Gallery
             Negotiating Borders: Contemporary Miniatures from Pakistan: Group exhibition,
             Siddharta Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
             Group exhibition Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2002     Group exhibition Rohtas I, Islamabad, Pakistan
             Group exhibition, Rohtas II, Lahore, Pakistan

2001     Group exhibition, Gallery NCA, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
             Punjab Artists’ Association Exhibition, Lahore Arts Council, Pakistan


2009     Bolivia Art Biennial, La Paz, Bolivia
2008     International Wood sculptors Symposium, Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany
2008     2nd International Women Artists Workshop, Kenya
2006     Artist in residence, Europos Parkas, Museum of central Europe, Lithuania
2005     Sculpture Symposium, Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Malaysia
2004     Artist in residence, Garhi Artists’ Studios, Lalitkala Academy, New Delhi, India
2004     PARTAGE, International Artists Workshop, Flic en Flac, Mauritius


2017                     Art Innovator Award Finalist, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

2016                     Art Project individual Artist Grant, by 4Culture, Seattle, WA

2015                     Fellowship by Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

2014                     GAP Grant by Artist Trust, Seattle, WA

2014                     Art Project individual artist Grant, by 4Culture, Seattle, WA

2013                     Open 4Culture, individual artist Grant, 4Culture, Seattle, WA

2012                     Community Choice Award by International Museum of Women, USA (International jury                
                              selected 6 finalists from 600 works of art and winner was selected by public vote)

2005                     Gold Medal in Delphic Games of Arts, Kuching, Malaysia.


City of Seattle’s portable works collection, Seattle, WA

Daetz Centre (Museum of Sculpture in Wood), Lichtenstein, Germany

National Art Gallery and Museum, Islamabad, Pakistan

Rangoon Wala Trust, V.M Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

Partage Contemporary Artists Association, Mauritius

Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

Kuona Trust International, Nairobi, Kenya

Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

Sarawak Living Museum, Sarawak, Malaysia

For a full bio and resume, please visit Humaira Abid’s website.