Painting | Pakistan


    Painting | Pakistan

About Minaa Haroon

Minaa Haroon is a contemporary visual artist who executes ideas through miniature paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and digital works. She graduated with Bachelors in Fine Arts from National College of Arts Lahore, in 2012 and later did her Masters in Art and Design from Beaconhouse National University with Honors in 2016. She has received the prestigious “Sir Percy Award” at NCA and “Young artist 2012” at Alhamra Art Council in 2012. She had been permanent faculty member of Lahore Grammar School, visiting faculty member in Beaconhouse National University and University of Management and Technology. She has exhibited her work at various art galleries nationally and internationally and has upcoming exhibitions in Karachi and Berlin. She recently joined Lahore Arts Council as an Assistant Director- Fine Arts (Government of Punjab) and has curated various exhibitions at Alhamra Art Gallery, Museum of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University and Queen Sirkit Convention Center, Thailand.

Her work is influenced by the pictorial division of spaces existing in Mughal miniature paintings. The use of flatness, multiple perspectives, narratives, and juxtaposition of one space, is based on a hierarchical structure that hides the various metaphors within it. Her constant engagement with the notion of spaces on a diverse level and the need to understand its importance is an integral part of her practice. Her observation of the intersection between the everyday and the hidden spaces, the material and the immaterial challenges the notion that ideologies are manifested in our everyday life choices and that is where they are made visible.

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Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan


2016: Masters in Art and Design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
2012: Bachelors in Fine Arts (Miniature Painting), National College of Arts, Lahore
2007: Intermediate in Fine Arts, Music and French, Kinnaird College for Women University, Lahore
2005:Arts and humanities, Lahore Grammar School, Lahore


2019: “Apni duniya aap paeda ker”, Learn Fest, Management House, Lahore
2019: “Looking back to look within”, group show, ArtChowk Gallery, Karachi
2018: “Alhamra National Exhibition”, group show, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2018: “Void”, two person show, Studio Seven, Karachi
2018: “Beltand Road”, group show, Suzhou University Museum, China
2018: “From here to there”, group show, ArtKaam Gallery, Karachi
2017: “National Exhibition”, group show, PNCA, Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore
2017: “Tribute to Pakistan”, group show, Sudio Seven Gallery, Dubai
2017: “The Incoming”, group show, Sudio Seven Gallery, Dubai
2017: “Illusion of Reality”, three person show, Satrang Gallery, Islamabad
2016: “Loving & Living”, Degree show, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
2014: Group show, Vogue Art Gallery, Lahore
2013: Group show, Nairang Gallery, Lahore
2012: “Emerging Talent”, group show, V.M. Art gallery, Karachi.
2012: Group show, Collage art gallery, Lahore
2012: “Day after Tomorrow”, Young Artists’ Exhibition, Alhamra Arts Gallery, Lahore.
2012: Degree show, National College of Arts, Lahore


2019: “Current- 15th Annual Young Artists’ Exhibition”, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2018: “Alhamra National Exhibition of Visual Arts”, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2018: “Khat Art”, group show of Calligraphy at Alhamra Arts Gallery, Lahore
2018: “Colors of Pakistan”, Museum of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, Thailand
2018:“Single Country Exhibition”, Queen Sirkit Convention Center, Thailand


2017 – present: Assistant Director (BPS-17) at Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore Arts Council, Government of Punjab.
2016 – 2017: Visiting Lecturer at University of Management and Technology, Lahore
2015: Teaching Assistant in MA Art Education Program at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
2012-2014: Art instructor at Lahore Grammar School, Paragon, Lahore


2019: Coordinator, “EBRU”, Turkish painting workshop, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2019: Conducted, “Children Art & Crafts workshop”, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2019: Conducted, “Oil painting workshop”, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2019: Conducted, “Calligraphy workshop”, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore
2016: Participated in workshop “Exploring Anthropology and Ethnographic Research” at University of Management and Technology, Lahore


2014-15: Being awarded scholarship and on Dean’s honor list, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
2015: Being awarded “Sir Percy Award” at National College of Arts, Lahore
2012: Awarded as “Young Artist 2012” at Lahore Art Council, Lahore
2009-11: Being awarded scholarship for three years at National College of Arts, Lahore
2006-08: Music Representative at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore
2007: Participated in musical night at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore


2019: Juror, Final year thesis, NCBAE, lahore
2019: Judge, “Hult Prize 2019″, Kinnaird College for Women University, Lahore
2018: Juror, “End Polio Now”, District Polio Plus Chair & District Women Literacy Chair”, Lahore Heritage Museum, Lahore


Ansari, Shahab. “National Exhibition Opens” The News, 27th November,2018.
Munir, Fatima. “A sense of attachment: Creating depth in vacant spaces” The Express Tribune, 15th October, 2018.
‘”Void” Nigaah Art & Culture from South Asia, Novmeber 2018.
Ahmed, Shoaib. “Cultural Circle: Group show of calligraphy from 30th” Dawn News, 27th May, 2018.
Ahmed, Shoaib. “500 artworks to feature at young artists, exhibition” Dawn News, 12th April, 2018.
Ahmed, Shoaib. “Culture Circle: Documentary celebrates life, work of late young artists” Dawn News, 21st May, 2017.
Quershi, Mariam. “Art as Psychological Space” ArtNow Contemporary Art of Pakistan.
Hasan, Zainab. “Illusion of Reality” Youlin Magazine 31 (March) 2017.
Kazim, Syeda Shehrbano. “Unique mediums to explore space, reality” Dawn News, 29 March 2017.
Thesis show, International The News, 26 January 2016.
Rahman, Saeed. “Undergraduate thesis: Another batch of young artists enter the market” 18 January 2012.



Tell us about yourself and what led you to become an artist?


Becoming an artist was a very intuitive process which started formally when I was 13 years old and began to learn drawing and painting through different teachers. Later I joined National College of Arts (NCA) and did Bachelors in Fine Arts, major in miniature painting. Recently completed Masters in Art & Design from Beaconhouse National University (BNU). These years of formally learning made me grew as a research based practicing artist. The idea of creation and exploration of different mediums is what lead me to become an artist and create works that are intriguing and very detailed.


What’s your creative process?


My forefather’s home was near old Lahore, which has an embedded history of the Mughal Empire. For the series ‘Out of City’ I photographed the architectural spaces of the surrounding areas that I often used to visit in my childhood and made drawings of the spaces in multiple perspectives that are inspired by the Mughal miniature paintings. I precisely cut windows and doors from the drawings and create depth through layers or by using colour in the artworks. Creating detailed works is a meditative process for me.


What is wasli and what role does that play in your work.


Wasli is a handmade archival paper, which originates from 10th century and was used by miniature painters in Mughal Empire. I deeply value my training of being a miniature painter therefore I use its sensibilities in the process of understanding art making and for creating my works. The layers of paper used in making wasli is the essence of my works.


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