Syed Faraz Ali is an artist based in Karachi, Pakistan. Born on 7th October 1981. He graduated from Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, in 2005.
My work stems from the ambition to create within the oft-proclaimed gap between life an art. Interested in world politics and social dynamics, my concepts evolve from our society at large. In particular, I critique systems that militate against values of resilience, truth, and beauty. My work interrogates the prevalent, all-consuming trend of commercialism in Pakistan, as well as the passionate intensity of obscurantism that is smearing the face of reason and our human ability to question.
I suggest that the work produced on sensitized “canvas” offers the same receptivity as "headlines in the newspaper." This, I offer, through the language of political pop art in our contemporary era.
2008 Teaching Design Technology at International School, Karachi Pakistan.
2007 Visiting Faculty at Adam School of Interior Design and Architecture, Karachi Pakistan.
2006 Visiting Faculty at Newport School of Fashion Design, Karachi Pakistan.
WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES
2012 Start World Artist Residency workshop, Amman Jordan.
2007 Attended workshop in Third- Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
2012 Selected from 137 artists around the world for artist book fair Vilnius Lithonia Bakaratas
2009 Selected from137 artists around the world for artist book fair Vilnius Lithonia Bakaratas
2005 Jury Distinction awarded by Alliance Frances for Young Artist Exhibition
2005 Rangonwala Community & VM Art Gallery Scholarship awarded, Karachi Pakistan.
2012 Solo Show in Richard Koh Fine Art Gallery “ To Be Continued….” Singapore.
2012 Solo Show in Plastic Art Association “ A Journey of Thousand Smiles” Amman Jordan.
2011 Solo Show in Nomad Art Gallery “Endorsing Icons” Islamabad, Pakistan
2010 Solo Show in Ejaz Art Gallery “ All Rights Reserved” Lahore, Pakistan.
2009 Solo Show in Khass Art Gallery “ To Whom it May Concern” Islamabad Pakistan.
2011 Dominic Rouse, Black and White Photography Art Chowk Gallery, Karachi Pakistan.
2011 Believer’s Paradise in Koel Art Gallery, Karachi Pakistan.
2010 On The Brink Five Person show in Fost Art Gallery Singapore.
2012 The Beirut Art Fair “Art Chowk Booth A4”
2012 3rd Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition in Bangkok Art &Culture Thailand.
2012 6th International Artist’s Book Triennale Vilnius 2012 in Leipzig, Globus Galerie, Halle 3 HS01
2011 Inter-Culture shows Curated by Nageen Hayat in Pirosmani Gallery Beyoglu Istanbul Turkey.
2010 Participated in Bastakia Art Fair, Jaded, Pakistan House.
2009 Soul International Book Arts Fair Seoul, Korea.
SELECTED EXHITIONS & PARTICIPATION
2012 “ Art From Asia” Nabad Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan.
2012 Group Show “ Attending Heights” VM Art Gallery. Karachi, Pakistan.
2011 Three-Person Show at Khass Art Gallery Islamabad, Pakistan
2011 Group Show “Soul of Pakistan” in Mica Atrium Gallery, Singapore.
2011 Five Person Show, “ What are You Looking At” Modula Conception, Dubai UAE.
2010 Artist Book Project “ Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica” Venice Italy.
2010 Five Pakistani Artist “ On the Brink” Fost Art Gallery Singapore.
2009 Four Person Show “ Being A Man of Pakistan” Art Chowk Gallery, Karachi Pakistan.
2009 Four Person Show “ Give and Take” Canvas Gallery, Karachi Pakistan.
2009 Two Men Show Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad Pakistan.
2009 Leipzig Book Fair Germany.
2009 Gallery Arka Vilnius Lithuania
2009 Art Centre Silkeborg Bad Selkeborg Denmark.
2009 Spring Gallery Hubner Bokform, Halmstad Sweden.
2008 Kohinoor Selection, Westin Hotel Dubai
2008 Click Art at Art Council Karachi. Karachi Pakistan.
2008 Two-Person Show in Zeneni Art Gallery, Karachi Pakistan.
2007 Two-Person Show in Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad Pakistan.
2007 Group Show in Gallery 27, London, United Kingdom.
2007 Development and Literacy Auction in New York, USA.
2006 Emerging Talent Show in VM Art Gallery, Karachi Pakistan.
2005 Young Artist Group Show in Alliance Frances, Karachi Pakistan.
2005 Thesis Degree Show at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.
2003 Group Show Painting Memorial of Firaq Grouqpuri in Art Council
2001 Group Show “ War Against Rape” S.G Forum at Alliance Frances, Karachi Pakistan.
2001 Group Show Painting in Art Council, Karachi Pakistan
2000 Participated in Exhibition held at Sadeqqain Gallery, Karachi Pakistan.