Shazia Jaffery, a Pakistani artist born in Sukkur, Sindh, paints a vivid tapestry reflecting her life experiences and innermost thoughts. Her art aims to be meaningful, evocative, and speaks to life’s beauty and complexities. Jaffery utilizes writing as a powerful tool to explore her inner world and express emotions, weaving words into patterns that tell stories.
Exploring the intersection of language and art, her pieces incorporate words and phrases from conversations, books, and poetry. Rooted in spiritual connection, Jaffery considers writing Allah’s name in her paintings a sacred act of devotion, creating a vessel for divine grace and connecting with the spiritual realm. The repetition of Allah’s name in a circular form symbolizes love, devotion, and unity among believers, expressing profound peace and connection.
A graduate from the Karachi School of Arts, Jaffery pursued a master’s degree from the University of Karachi. Based in Dubai, she actively contributes to the arts scene, working with Abu Dhabi Art and Dubai Art, conducting workshops, and teaching arts. Over the past decade, her artwork has been exhibited globally, earning recognition such as the UAE Golden Visa, allowing her to reside and work in the UAE for an extended period. Private collectors and public spaces, including the University of Wollongong campus in Dubai, feature her captivating artwork.