Faiza Butt is one of Pakistan’s foremost contemporary artists, creating ripples internationally with her iconic, pop culture inspired images. She graduated from the National College of Arts in 1993 and was awarded the Berger Gold Medal for outstanding student of the year. She holds a master’s degree in painting with a distinction award from the Slade School of Fine Art, London.
In 1995, Butt was awarded a UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary, and was artist in residence for three months at the Bartle Arts Trust (BAT) in Durban, South Africa. During this time, she held workshops for women from shantytowns, presented talks at museums and galleries and produced a solo show at the BAT Centre.
Butt’s elaborate drawings are obsessively crafted with passion and rigour, and create surfaces that hover between photography and embroidery. Born into a family of five sisters, feminist themes are close to her heart. Her 2009 exhibition, Three Women Show, at Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi, was very well-received and served as a step towards improving Indo-Pak relations through cultural connections.
Her work has been exhibited at various art fairs, such as Art Dubai and the Hong Kong Art Fair, and extensively in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and the United States.
In a genre of her own, London-based Butt’s art pays homage to the miniaturist tradition, juxtaposed with current and controversial themes that explore issues of politics, gender and identity.
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