Zaira Ahmad ZAKA

Born 1974 / Quetta, Pakistan

Education

1994 – 1999                National College of Arts, Department of Printmaking, Lahore, Pakistan

Experience

Since 1999                  teaching arts, organization of students´ exhibitions, workshops and projects

2010                            co-created ‘Educate-One’ that supports the education of many and is based upon the idea that ‘No child is left behind’

2013                            Artist in residence, China

2013                            foundation of ‘Zaira Zaka Studio Residencies’ program, to promote printmaking. Two successful residency programs include artists from Nepal, UK, the Netherlands and Pakistan.

Exhibitions (selection)     

1999                            National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan; Ejaz Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan;                                                                         Crow Eaters Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

2000                           Hunerkada Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan; Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan; Nomad Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

2001                            Embassy of Switzerland, Islamabad, Pakistan

2002                            Chisels Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan; Studio Ali, Islamabad, Pakistan

2003                            Creation Arts, Crown Plaza, Dubai, UAE

2003, 2004                 Group Exhibition, Wafi City, Dubai, UAE

2004                            Camel Caravan, Dubai, UAE; American University, Dubai, UAE;                                                                             Printmakers @HP, Group Exhibition, Minneapolis, USA

2005                            International Ink: Appalachian State University Campus, USA                                                                                  Group Exhibition, Nomad Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

2006                            Contemporary Pakistani Printmakers, Group Exhibition, St Donats Arts Centre, Wales; Sultan Gallery, Lancaster; Swansea, UK

2010                            Penang International Print Exhibition, Pipe, Malaysia

A4 International Contemporary Printmakers Exhibition, Cornwall, UK   1000 Words from breakfast to dreaming, Vogue Art Lahore, Pakistan

2011                            Annual Exhibition, Provinces of Pakistan, Vogue Art Lahore, Pakistan

Three in a crowd, Khas Islamabad; Rohtas Lahore; Pakistan

2012                            Art Chowk Karachi, Pakistan; Artist Proof Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

Exposition with Atif Khan, Nomad Gallery Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistani Artists Residency Exhibition, 798 Art Zone Beijing, China

Sydney-Lahore Printmaking Exhibition, Lahore, Pakistan

1st International Print Biennale, VM Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2014                           Connect Five, curates International Printmakers Exhibition, Satrang Gallery, Islamabad

2013                           Double Vision, curates International Printmakers Exhibition, Satrang Gallery, Islamabad

Her works are in permanent collections in Dubai; Chinese Ministry of Culture, Beijing, China; Pakistan National Council of Arts and in various private collections.

She lives in Bahria Town, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Contact: zaira_printmaker@hotmail.com

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