Barren, 2011, gouache and tea on wasli, 12.5 x 9 in.</p>
Barren, 2011, gouache and tea on wasli, 12.5 x 9 in.

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Hiba Schahbaz trained in the art of miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She has practiced contemporary miniature painting for the past ten years and recently received her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited her work in traditional and contemporary miniature painting internationally, in addition to curating exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she conducts workshops in miniature painting at the Art Students League of NY and will be featured in a special exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi for Art Asia Miami in 2012.

Hiba Schahbaz works were presented for the first time in Italy by Noire Gallery in the personal exhibition (2012). 

''In my recent works, I am investigating issues of self-identification within the lexicon of miniature painting, and in the process, re-contextualizing miniature painting in contemporary art. This body of work begins with the exploration of self-portraiture through paintings of myself, my family members, and loved ones. In these works, I strive to find a balance between personal content and accessible imagery. Resemblance is veiled by indirect representation, as I attempt to reflect myself in the faces of others.

My work is gradually developing into larger and more complex paintings, infused with personal narratives and ever-changing fantastical landscapes. Although rooted in traditional miniature, the content is derived from my personal relationship with my surroundings. By observing the symbolism and iconography of the cultures around me, I construct imagery that fuses the real with the imagined ''.