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Painting by MDSVAD Alumna to be Auctioned by Bonhams

Visual Artist and MDSVAD alumna, Soraya Sikander’s Painting ‘The Sea’ to be auctioned at Bonhams New Bond Street, London, United Kingdom. Soraya Sikander is an expatriate Pakistani painter of the natural world, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The artist also participated in The Citizens Foundation October Art Auction in USA where her two paintings: ‘Butterflies’ and ‘Still Life’ were auctioned live at the gala. The Foundation raised a total of $ 2.6 Million dollars through the auction for the Flood Victims

The artwork originally painted in the year 2018 was never before available for sale. It is the artist’s logo cover piece and will be auctioned for the very first time. The painting comprises several shades of blue, with subtle painterly tonal gradation. The artwork is an ode to the artist’s city of birth and is inspired by her memories of Karachi, Pakistan.

Soraya Sikander’s commitment to the environment is reflected in this artwork. Painting ‘The Sea’ to be auctioned at Bonhams is available for immediate bidding at:



Excerpt by the artist:

"The Sea' is a result of observation meeting memory. This piece is an interpretation of the Karachi sea; where the mangroves remind me of Arabic calligraphy alphabets. There is a gradual tonal contrast between the cool sky, changing to deeper blue near the horizon, and the sea itself, with its peaceful movement and gentle wave ripples as reflected in the artwork. My nature studies go deeper than appearances, suggesting memories, metaphor and heritage. This series has been hailed by art critics as redefining landscape painting, pushing boundaries extending overlapping seascapes with influences of calligraphy - its success lies in its ability to create a new genre of 'calligraphy landscape' painting, of which I am a pioneer, which has caught the imagination of the international art community. "

About Soraya Sikander:

Soraya Sikander is one of today’s leading contemporary South Asian artists known for her landscapes and organic forms. The artist has been ranked as one of Pakistan’s best known painters making it big internationally, listed as ‘Artist to watch’. Soraya works in oil and acrylics on canvas and is internationally renowned for inventing her pioneering Calligraphy Landscapes. Recognition for her work has come through critical acclaim and nonstop sold-out exhibitions. She is also a TEDx art speaker. Soraya Sikander trained in fine arts through the London Atelier of Representational Arts, and University College London Slade School of Fine Art summer intensive.

Her art has been reviewed by: China News, HELLO! Magazine, OK!, The National, Khaleej Times, Gulf News, The Gulf Today, Dahabiya, Al Bilad, Jaffat El Aqlam, Artlyst, etc. Soraya Sikander has held over twenty four international group and solo exhibitions at premier galleries and museums worldwide including: Beijing Biennale 2019, Beijing Biennale 2017 (National Art Museum of China), Galerie Patries Van Dorst (Netherlands), Etihad Modern (Abu Dhabi), National Museum of Bangladesh (Dhaka museum), La Galleria Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade (London), Unicorn Gallery (Karachi, Lahore), Alhamra Art Gallery (Lahore), Sharjah Heritage Museum, The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) RAK Fine Art Fair, Lahore Biennale, etc.

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