Profession: Visual Artist
Location: Lahore, Rio de Janeiro
|Saira Ansari was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1982 but moved to Pakistan in late 1983. She received her BFA Degree in Painting in 2004 from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. She returned to her Alma Mater for a Masters Degree in 2009, where she graduated with an MA (Hons.) Visual Arts degree in January 2011.
Ansari´s practice consists of experimenting with mixed media and she has moved fluidly between 2D and 3D in several of her works. A large body of her work is based around text based pieces and small ´scribble-like´ drawings. She also maintains a blog under The s.a. Project title as part of her art practice. Her content often contains strong opinions about the structures of power that she observes in her personal life, around her and within the art world.
Ansari has participated in several group exhibitions in Lahore and Karachi since 2003. Her first solo exhibition ´the work that will probably never end´ was held at the Grey Noise gallery in 2010. In 2011, Ansari has participated in 3 international shows - IAS 2011, Delhi, Art Dubai 2011 and a group show at Jamjar gallery, Dubai - and is working on the fourth one which will be held at the Asia House, London, later this year.
Ansari currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she is completing her MA dissertation on public spaces of art in Pakistan.