As a highly regarded papercutting artist, art has been an integral part of my life since a young age. Growing up in Pakistan, I had the incredible opportunity to immerse myself in the artistic world under the guidance of Sadequain, a renowned and respected artist. For five years, I would eagerly make my way to his house in F6/1 Islamabad, where I would observe his creative process, assist him, and absorb his artistic wisdom. This invaluable experience served as the foundation for my artistic journey.
It wasn't until my relocation to Australia in 2006 that I discovered my passion for paper cutting art. It all started with a simple moment shared with my five-year-old daughter. Upon expressing her boredom, I took a white piece of paper, folded it meticulously, and began delicately trimming the corners with a pair of scissors. As I unfolded the paper, a stunning sunflower emerged before our eyes. I was astounded by the beauty that could be unveiled through the art of paper cutting.
Over the past 12 years, I have dedicated myself to creating a diverse collection of art pieces, which have graced galleries across the globe and garnered national and international acclaim. I take great pride in the fact that I may be the only papercutting artist worldwide who focuses on Islamic stories, celebrating the rich heritage and teachings of Islam.
My artistic vision goes beyond aesthetics; it aims to foster connections and promote understanding. I strive to depict stories that transcend faith traditions, highlighting shared values and incorporating verses from the Quran that illuminate the essence of Islam. Every intricate detail in my designs invites viewers to engage deeply, encouraging them to ask questions and explore the themes I depict. Through my art, I hope to reveal the inherent beauty of my faith and dispel misconceptions surrounding Islam. For me, it's not solely about selling a piece of art; it's about sharing something inherently beautiful, forging connections, and leaving a positive impact on the world.
I am driven by the desire to build bridges of understanding through art, and I am committed to utilizing papercutting as a medium to connect diverse communities. My ultimate goal is to inspire dialogue, promote harmony, and create a lasting legacy of beauty and cultural appreciation.
Thank you for joining me on this artistic journey.
Awards and Auctions
Certificate of Appreciation - Pakistan Association of Western Australia
Two huge steel artworks 6 meters x 4 meters were Installed at Australian Islamic College, Perth.
Finalist of Australian Muslim Achievement Awards 2022 Finalists and Winners
Article about my papercutting art. Click on the below link to read about my art.
2021 2nd prize for Art For The Love Of Muhammad (PBUH) Islamic Arts Society, Houston, USA
Commissioned Artwork by :
Australian Army Museum of Western Australia
2019 Title: Kaswah Kabbah Purchased by : International Museum of Muslim Cultures – America’s first Muslim Museum
Auctioned artworks (One – 9500 USD and the other was on silent auction)
The Citizens Foundation, Washington – USA
Auctioned one artwork (10,000 USD )
The Concordia Forum (Canada)
2018 Winner of Open Category Award - Rockingham Arts Council, Rockingham, WA
Achievement Award - Pakistan Association of Western Australia
2017 All exhibited artwork was purchased by:
Comsats University – Islamabad
The exhibition was inaugurated by Australian High Commission to Pakistan.
2015 Title: Baab Al-Iman – Purchased by:
Islamic Museum of Australia – Melbourne
Highly Commended Art Award – Cossack Art Award
City of Karratha, WA
2023 - Muse Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2019 – St. John Anglican Church, Fremantle, Australia
2018 – Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Australia
2018 – Labyrinth Path Art Gallery , Medina, Western Australia
2018 – Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, Australia
2017 – COMSATS Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
2017 – COMSATS Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
2017 – Kwinana Library, Kwinana, Australia
2015 – Rosewood Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2013 – Nomad Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
2013 – Mountford Gallery, Pemberton, Australia
2012 – Kulcha Art Gallery, Fremantle, Australia
2002 – Omikron Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus
2002 – Sultan Art Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait
1987 – Rawalpindi Arts Council, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
2019 – The Concordia Forum, Blue Mountain, Toronto, Canada
2017 – Rockingham Arts Council, Rockingham, Australia
2016 – Muslim Life Style Show, London, United Kingdom
2014 – Mandurah Art Awards, Mandurah, Australia
2014 – Cossack Art Award, City of Karratha, Australia
2013 – Mandurah Art Awards, Mandurah, Australia
2012 – Mandurah Art Awards, Mandurah, Australia
2012 – Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia
2006 – Artisans Margaret River, Margaret River, Australia
2005 – Hunderkada Art Council, Islamabad, Pakistan
2003 – Omikron Gallery, Larnaca, Cyprus
2002 – Lazurde Gold Jewelry Company, Saudi Arabia
2000 – Islamabad Arts Council, Islamabad, Pakistan
1999 – Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait