Born and raised in Lahore, Niga Sayyed is an artist Printmaker. She pursued her formal studies in Printmaking at National College of Arts. After her graduation she joined Hunerkada School of arts where she was teaching printmaking and producing her work. In 2006 she left for USA for her artist residency at
Ox-Bow School of Art Chicago before moving permanently to Dubai where she has been living since 2007. A disciple of art from an early age, Niga was waylaid for a while before returning to the artistic fold and doing her Master’s from Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw in Poland.
Over the years Niga has exhibited both locally and internationally. Her work is concerned with the thrill of experiencing tensions between essentially opposite approaches to perceptual vs conceptual and memory vs imagination. Emphasizing universal values her work represents what she feels about life, nature and the comprehension of complex situations of human beings.
While working on her thesis Niga spends a lot of time tucked away in her studio. Her adventures in always trying new materials add force to her art. From her deliberations in the pure aesthetic, to investigating the representational force of the abstract, Niga allows the interpretation of her work to be almost limitless. Every one of her realizations comes with a story and a language. It is the fruit of a thought, a decision, and an unremitting desire to express.
My professional life is a continues narrative of confronting and embracing a series of challenges that have brought me face to face with moments of extraordinary revelations. One of these challenge is to live and study alone with two little kids in a different country far from home and family. This toughest decision of my life has given new perspectives to my work and it was during this early period of displacement that I "found myself". Today my work establishes a proven understanding of sociocultural issues, which underpin a wider appreciation of human legacies, nature and spiritual expression.
I produce works that are related to social issues such as identity, geography and the condition of women. My images are historically negotiated assemblages between humans, materials, and social structures. They are largely abstract and include the process-oriented boldly gestural layers of shapes and forms. They provide discipline and a comforting sense of order to counteract the uncertainty and chaos that exists in our world today. The visual tension in my work symbolizes the wider stresses and strains to do with societal changes and how we live with ourselves, our families and the wider community.
I love the possibility to see and try alternatives, the potential in various techniques and materials. During the last few years along with the traditional printmaking (Etching, Woodcut, Mono-prints, Serigraphy) i have focused to try new techniques like Hydro printing, printing on 3D objects and laser-cutter. Currently I have also experienced a large scale (2 x 2.58 meter) lino-cut print with garden roller.
Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design,
MFA-Printmaking (2016 - 2018 May)
Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design,
Bachelors in Fine Arts (2001- 2004)
National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan.
major : Printmaking
minors : Photography & Calligraphy.
Ox-Bow School of Arts Chicago, (2006 Sep) U.S.A.
HUNERKADA College of visual and Performing Arts,
Lahore. (2005 Feb-2007march).
Subjects: Printmaking and Visual Arts theory
Printmaking, Miniature painting, Painting, Sculpture
Laser Cutter, Hydro Printing, Wood Cut, Lino, Screen Printing, Etching, Dry Point, Sugar Lift, Open Bite,
Aquatint, Spit Bite, Collie’graph, Photo Etching.
Seminar & Exhibitions
International Print Triennial Krakow (July2018) Poland.
THE ART BOX PROJECT 1.0 ( March 2018) New York, USA.
International Conference "Post-digital printmaking. Redefinition of print" (Dec 2017) Wroclaw, Poland.
Why Poland Group show in miejsce przy Miejscu (May 2017) Wroclaw, Poland.
Conversation Group show in Macando (February 2017) Wroclaw, Poland.
Naestved International exhibition of contemporary prints, (April 2008) Denmark.
3rd International engraving Biennial,
Brancovan Palaces cultural center, (15 march to 15 May 2008) Mogosoaia, Romania.
Group show in Holland gallery, (Nov to Dec 2007) Michigan, USA.
Solo show in Alhamra Art gallery, (2007 Sep) Lahore Pakistan.
Young Artist exhibition in Alhamra Arts gallery, (2007 April) Lahore, Pakistan.
Open Talk Seminar at Ox-Bow Art School (2006 Sep) Chicago, U.S.A.
Art Aid Exhibition in Convention Center, (2005 October) Islamabad, Pakistan.
Thesis display in NCA gallery, (2004 Dec) Lahore, Pakistan.
Calligraphy in NCA gallery, (2004) Lahore, Pakistan.
Tel: +48-694-780569 (Poland)
Tel: +971-55-9184851 (Dubai)