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Zara Mahmood is a Pakistani artist based in Dubai. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, where she specialized in Printmaking. After acquiring her undergraduate degree, she pursued an MA in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), UK, with a focus on Painting.


Her works have been shown in Beirut, Dubai, Karachi, Lahore, Madrid, Sharjah and Philadelphia including solo shows at Sabrina Amrani (Madrid), Cuadro Fine Art Gallery (Dubai) and her first institutional solo show in the UAE held recently at Maraya Art Centre (Sharjah). She was commissioned by UAE Unlimited (under the patronage of Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa Bin Sultan Al Nahyan) to create work for the exhibition 'Tashweesh’, held at Maraya Art Centre (Sharjah) in 2019. Zara was a member of Campus Art Dubai in its fifth iteration in 2016 (CAD 5.0). She has designed and led drawing workshops at Jameel Arts Centre, Sharjah Museum, Dubai Ladies Club and The Pavilion in conjunction with START. She was recently a speaker on a panel for the global RewirED Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai, alongside football icon Clarence Seedorf and renowned opera singer Juan Diego Flores, which focused on the role art, music and sport can play in education to foster strategic thinking and build leadership and collaborative skills. 


Zara has taught at the American University in Dubai and at Zayed University, and is a member of Dubai-based alternative rock/electronica band Sail Into Night. She is currently pursuing an MFA at New York University in Abu Dhabi.  

Towards Time, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
Degrees of Modulation, Sabrina Amrani, Madrid
Looking at the Overlooked, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai
A Return to the Ground, UAE Embassy (in collaboration with Dirwaza Curatorial Lab), Tokyo
Nine Nodes of Non-Being, 421, Abu Dhabi
gabriel, Grey Noise, Dubai
Bound, Bayt Al Mamzar (in collaboration with NYUAD MFA Program), Dubai
Wamda, Warehouse #1 (in collaboration with UAE Unlimited), Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
Landscape of Memory, Koel Gallery, Karachi
Microcosm III, Gandhara Art Space, Karachi
Tashweesh, Maraya Art Centre (in collaboration with UAE Unlimited), Sharjah
but even if I cannot see the sun, (participated as Sail Into Night), Grey Noise, Dubai
They Really Live the Real Reality, Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia
Dhaka Art Summit, courtesy ArtChowk, Dhaka
Sikka Art Fair, Dubai
Beirut Art Fair, courtesy ArtChowk, Beirut
Exploring the Narrative, Park Hyatt, Dubai
Amnesia - The Loss of Cultural Memory, Art Chowk, Karachi
Sheikha Manal's Young Artist Award, Al Mahara Ballroom, Dubai
Pierced Perceptions, Two person show, Rohtas 2, Lahore
Muqtanayati, thejamjar, Dubai
Once Upon A Sting, thejamjar, Dubai
How I Bought Myself A Diamond, AUD, Dubai
Creek Comtemporary Art Fair, Bastakia, Dubai
Talbiya Series, Al Hamra, Lahore
Al Qoulliya, Meem Gallery, Dubai
Villa 111, Creek Contemporary Art Fair, Bastakia, Dubai
Sheikha Manal's New Signature Exhibition, Business Bay, Dubai
Itch, Farnham Maltings, Surrey, UK
A Beautiful Loan, MA Degree Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
Printmaking Show, Nairang Gallery, Lahore
DIAC Members' Exhibition, Wafi City, Dubai
Interactions, BFA Degree Show, National College of Arts, Lahore
2022   Recipient of Master's scholarship in Arts and Media at NYU, Abu Dhabi
2020   Recipient of Art Jameel Research and Practice Grant
2016   Selected for Campus Art Dubai 5.0
2011   Winner of Sheikha Manal's Young Artist Award, Fine Arts
2004   Winner of DIAC Members Exhibition
2004   Distinction, Bachelors of Fine Arts - Printmaking

2022   Drawing workshop, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah

2020  'Drawing As Comfort' in collaboration with Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai

2019   Drawing workshop in collaboration with UAE Unlimited, Jameel Art Centre,



2011  'Drawing the Biennial' in collaboration with The Pavilion, Sharjah Museum,                     Sharjah
           Drawing workshop, Dubai Ladies Club, Dubai
           Painting workshop in collaboration with START, The Pavilion, Dubai
           Printmaking workshop in collaboration with START, Park Hyatt, Dubai


'Zara Mahmood's first institutional solo show in the UAE merges light and time', Vamika Sinha, The National, July 2022

'The Nebulous Murmur of Time', Saira Ansari, Towards Time catalogue, 2022

'Lightness of Being', Saira Ansari, Canvas Magazine, November/December 2019 (Volume 15, Issue 6)

'From Soap to Algae: UAE artists creating art from everyday items annual exhibit', Laura Egerton, The National, February 2019

'Ways to Observe', essay for Tashweesh catalogue, Laura Egerton, 2019

'Intensifying White Noise', essay for Tashweesh catalogue, Suheyla Takesh, 2019

'Art, The Custodian Of Our Everchanging Nature', essay for Tashweesh catalogue, Adel Khozam, 2019

‘But Even If I Cannot See The Sun’, Ipek Ulusoy Akgul, Art Asia Pacific, April 2016

‘Healing Hearts and minds through the power of Art’, Janice Ponce De Leon, Gulf News, November 2011 

‘Collective Amnesia’, Muniza Agha-Fawad, Nigaah magazine, Vol.1 Fourteen, 2011

‘Artists' Speak’, Kavita Srinivasan, Masala magazine, March 2011

‘The Art of Denial’, Salwat Ali, DAWN Images (DAWN newspaper), March 2011

‘Amnesia’ - Total Blank’, Pakistan Art Review, March 2011

‘Winner of Young Artist Award 2010 honoured’, Khaleej Times, January 2011

‘Sheikha Manal's Young Artist Award’, Al Bayan (Arabic), January 2011

‘Sheikha Manal's Young Artist Award’, Al Ittihad (Arabic), January 2011

‘Sheikha Manal's Young Artist Award’, Al Khaleej (Arabic), January 2011

‘Once Upon A Sting’ review, Christopher Lord, Time Out Dubai, October 2009

'Language of Art’, Quddus Mirza, The News, January 2008




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