Saba Qizilbash


Saba Qizilbash


P.O. Box 31093 Dubai  




Rhode Island School of Design. M.A. Art Education, with Honors (2004)

Providence, RI, USA 

National College of Arts. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, with Distinction (1999)

Lahore, Pakistan

Kinnaird College for Women. Intermediate Degree in Psychology, French. (1995)

Lahore, Pakistan



Current               Adjunct Professor (2007-). Dept. of Visual Communication.   Dubai, UAE

                          American University in Dubai      





APRIL 2017         By Land – New Drawings, Solo Show, Koel Gallery                                       Karachi, PK

MAY 2017           Sovereign Art Prize Gala Show                                                                    Hong Kong



2013                   The Empress’ New Clothes, Solo Show, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery                    Dubai, UAE

2011                   Not For The Faint of Heart, Solo Show, ArtChowk                                        Karachi, PK

2008                   Inside Insight, Rohtas II Gallery                                                                 Lahore, PK

2002                   Correct 20, Rohtas II Gallery                                                                      Lahore. PK




2016                   Universal Post, Art Dubai                                                                           Dubai, UAE

2015                   Radio Project, Art Dubai                                                                            Dubai, UAE

2014                   Identity, Women Caucus for Art                                                            New York, USA

2013                   Sikka Art Fair 2013, Al Fahidi                                                                     Dubai, UAE

2012                   Piece of Land, Two Person show, Rohtas II                                                   Lahore, PK

2012                   Mawtini (Home), Group Show, Tashkeel Art Gallery                                      Dubai, UAE

2010                   Summer Show, XVA                                                                                  Dubai, UAE

2010                   Jadeed, Bastakiya Art Fair                                                                         Dubai, UAE

2009                   Once Upon a Sting, 3 person show, Jam Jar Gallery                                     Dubai, UAE

2009                   That Fleeting Moment, DUCTAC Gallery                                                       Dubai, UAE

2008                   South Asian Woman Art Exhibition, South Asian Foundation                     Srinagar, India

2008                   How I Bought Myself a Diamond, American University in Dubai                     Dubai, UAE

2008                   Creek Contemporary Art Fair, Bastakiya                                                      Dubai, UAE

2007                   Al Quolliya. Meem Gallery                                                                          Dubai, UAE

2007                   Summer Collection. XVA Gallery                                                                 Dubai, UAE

2004                   Combined Talents (Juried show). FSU Museum of Fine Arts                         Florida, USA

2003                   ArtWallah (Juried show), South Asian Diasporic Art show               Los Angeles, CA. USA

2003                   Seamlessness. Momentum Gallery                                                  San Francisco, USA

2002                   Studio in the Museum. Process Exhibition, RISD Museum                      Providence, USA

2002                   Installation as Drawing. Group show                                                     Pawtucket USA

2002                   Artist Association of Punjab, Group show, Al Hamra Art Gallery                     Lahore, PK

2001                   Resonance and Rebirth: Woman Experience. Francis Mill Gallery        San Francisco, USA

2001                   Post-Post Card Show. Southern Exposure                                        San Francisco, USA

2001                   Open Studios. Group show, Sitka Center of Art and Ecology                       Oregon, USA

2000                   Paintings from Across the Street, The Crow Eaters                                       Lahore, PK

2000                   Welcoming the Millennium. National College of Arts                                      Lahore, PK   


AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS                                


2017                   Finalist for Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong

2015 - 2016         Selected for Campus Art Dubai 4.0 – 6-month course for artists (Art Dubai initiative)

2014 - 2015         Selected for Campus Art Dubai 3.0 – 6-month course for artists (Art Dubai initiative)

2014                   Elected as RISD GULF ALUMNI CHAIR

2013                   Shortlisted for International Emerging Artist Award. IEAA. Dubai

2003-2004           Honor Student, Rhode Island School of Design, RI. USA

2003                   Community Service Learning Grant. Rhode Island School of Design, RI, USA

2002                   Fellowship. Rhode Island School of Design. RI. USA

2000- 2001          Artist-in-Residence. Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Oregon. USA

1999                   Award of Distinction. Degree Show. National College of Arts. Pakistan

1996-1999           Academic Achievement scholarship. National College of Arts. Pakistan




2014                   Crossing the Line - Conference 1, American University in Dubai

2015                   Crossing the Line - Conference 2, SACI Florence, Italy



2016         Figure Drawing Masterclass: 2 day workshop commissioned by Nadi Al Qouz, Al Serkal Avenue Dubai, UAE

2008         At the End of the Rainbow: Designed a photography workshop for manual labourers taught by Visual Communication Students of American University in Dubai. Commissioned by Art Dubai. 

2006         Colouring Outside the Lines: Intercultural conflict management through collaborative art      projects. New Delhi, India - Sponsored by KHOJ Workshops, New Delhi

2004        Aik Defa Ka Zikr Hay (Once Upon a Time): Storybook making workshop for young carpet   weavers. Sheikhupura, Pakistan - Commissioned by BUNYAD Foundation

2004        Super Heroes of Palo Alto. Identity and superhero capes - Palo Alto Art Center. CA, USA

2003        East Meets West Dance Workshop. A fusion dance workshop combining Pakistani dance with urban HipHop - CityArts, Providence, RI. USA. Funded by RISD’s Community Service Grant

2002       Free-Zone Art: Artists work with Special Children. Ameen Maktab – The Pakistan Society for the Welfare of Special Children. Lahore, Pakistan

2002       Earth-Bound, workshop on Site-Specific/Installation Art. Lahore Grammar School, Pakistan



Hashmi, S. (2015). The Eye Still Seeks. India: Pengiun books



Hello! Indo-Arabia. Nov 2015

Studio International, Jan 2015

Seaman A., “The National”. August 2013

Malik S, The Express Tribune. March 2012

Srinivasan K, Masala Magazine. March 2011

Shamim A, “Pakistan Art” Review. 2011

Janahi S, The Gulf News. July 2010

Barrett N, Time out Dubai. June 2010

Lord C., "Time Out Dubai". October 2009

Fikri R., "Art Dubai Journal". Issue 5. July 2009

Sukhera L., "The Blue Chip". December 2008

Khanna R., “ Kohl Magazine”. Issue 5. August 2008

Rehman, L., “Herald”. May 2008

Bhattacharya, R., “Art India”. June 2006

Akhtar. A., “The News on Sunday”. 15 March 2002

Hashmi, S., “Dawn”. 20 September 2000

Mirza, Q., “The News on Sunday”. 12 January 2000