Samar F Zia lives and works in London and Karachi.
Born Karachi, Pakistan.

Education

2011-2013 Masters in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
2004-2007 Bachelors in Fine Art, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

Selected Exhibitions

2017
Bahishti Cultures, Fitzrovia Chapel, London

2014
Reinforcement, Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad
Mixed Media Exhibiton, Candid Arts Trust, London

2013
Rough Around the Edges, Hanmi Gallery, London
Secrets, Enigma's, and Puzzles, Open Arts Cafe, West London Synagogue
MAFA Degree show, Central Saint Martins, London

2012
On being different and same at the same time, London
Attaining heights, V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi
MA Fine Art Interim show, V22, London

2011
Once upon a wintertime, Hackney Downs Studios, London
Reinforcement, Solo exhibition (2 parallel shows), Canvas gallery, Karachi

2010
Bits and pieces, KSA Gallery, Karachi

2009
Alumni Show 2, IVS Gallery, Karachi
Dear Diary show, Poppy Seed Gallery, Karachi
Two person show, Khaas gallery, Islamabad Faculty 4, IVS Gallery, Karachi

2008
Performance, Sunday Bazaar- The Museum of Non-Participation, Vasl artists in residence Brad Butler and Karen Mirza, Karachi
Alumni Show 1, Collaborative Video installation, IVS Gallery, Karachi
Alumni Show 1, IVS Gallery, Karachi Performance with Monali Meher, Vasl artist in residence, Karachi
Karara I, Grandeur Arts, Karachi Emerging Talent show, V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi Group Show, Rohtas I, Islamabad.

2007
Group Show, Commune Gallery, Karachi

2006
Badin Charity Show, Canvas Gallery, Karachi

Selected Reviews

Mind and God, 03.04.2014, Youlin Magazine
http://www.youlinmagazine.com/review/mind-and-god/MjQw

Art Exhibition: Capturing the Mundane on Canvas, Maryam Usman, 02.04.2014, Express Tribune http://tribune.com.pk/story/690027/art-exhibition-capturing-the-mundane-on-canvas/

Rough Around the Edges, Zahra Khan, January 2014 Issue, ArtNow Contemporary Art of Pakistan
http://www.artnowpakistan.com/Review/RoughAroundtheEdges-439.html#.Us1d-WRdVZ1

UAL Talent: Samar Zia, Naz K Rasmussen 09.05.2013, Arts London News
http://www.artslondonnews.com/2013/05/09/ual-talent-samar-zia/

Review Reinforcement, Allison white, Nov/Dec 2011, Art Asia Pacific
http://artasiapacific.com/Magazine/76

The Sound of Fury, 30.05.2010, Dawn News
http://archives.dawn.com/archives/44967

Dear Diary–A new art exhibition to look out for, 07.01.2010, Metblogs
http://karachi.metblogs.com/2010/01/07/dear-diary-a-new-art-exhibition-to-look-out-for/

Refreshingly Green-Karara Exhibiton, 26.08.2008, Business Recorder Karachi

Strokes to ponder, 07.10.2008, The News

Young Artists Work Go on Display at Rohtas Today, 25.03.2008, Daily Times

Who Am I? Ask Fine Arts Students at the Indus Valley School, 13.12.2007, The News

Show Stopper: The Indus Valley Thesis Degree Opens with 4 Years of Hard Work, 12.2007, Daily Times

Works of two artists on display at Khaas, 17.04.2009, Dawn News

Breaking Boundaries in search of identity, 17.04.2009, The News

Budding Artists’ Work Par Excellence, 25.03.2008, Dawn News

Work

2017
Art program, After-school Arts club, Fitzrovia Community Centre, London

2016
Artist-in-residence, Fitzrovia Community Centre, London
Art program, Teeny Turners, Fitzrovia Community Centre, London

2013
Visiting curator, Rough Around the Edges, Hanmi gallery, London

2012
Tour guide, Hayward gallery, London

2011
Happy Hands, Arts and crafts books, Research, Artwork, concept and Design

2009- 2010
The Rising Tide, Assistant Curator, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi

2010
Birth of Pakistan, Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi

2009
The Emperors New Clothes, Collaboration with Naiza Khan, Talwar Gallery, New York

2008
Unilever Art-Room, Wikked Plus TV, educational TV show, Vasl Art, Karachi

2006
Mural painting, The Lady Dufferin Hospital, NGO Aura, Karachi

2005
Prop construction, Tehrik-e-Niswan Theatre troupe, Karachi

Teaching

2008 – 2010
Visiting Faculty, Department of Fine Art, Indus Valley school of Art and Architecture, Karachi

Workshops

2007
Pigment making workshop, Jaipur, India

2000-2001
Cosmetology and make-up course, Harrods, Karachi

Awards

2010
Half tuition scholarship, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston

2007
Distinction in Thesis, BFA, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

2006
First prize, The Naqsh Art Gala, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Pakistan