Adeel Uz Zafar
Adeel uz Zafar was born in 1975, in Karachi, Pakistan. He is an artist, illustrator and art educator. Zafar holds a BFA
(with distinction) from National College of Arts, Lahore (1998).
Size Does Matter at V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi was a turning point for this artist and his practice. This show held in 2009, catapulted him into the league of emerging artists of Pakistan. He came up with a humongous scale this time, retaining his hold on the meticulous skill and the objects he made an illustration history with. These props were singular, fluffed, “cuddly” toys, symbolically wrapped in gauze bandage. He engraved them on the large adjoined pieces of plastic vinyl sheet coated with emulsion and acrylic gel. The small toy was blown up to a monstrous size with a pitch black background; the intricately manifested concealing weave of the cloth opened many connotations regarding the furtive and ambiguous identity.
Zafar’s works have been featured in several national and international exhibitions including 6 solo shows and numerous group shows. He has also presented works in international art fairs such as Art Stage Singapore, Art Fair Philippines, Art Dubai, Art Abu Dhabi, Art Basel Hong Kong, Pulse Art Fair New York, India Art Fair and the 2nd Kathmandu International Art Festival. He has participated in both national and international residencies including the Studio R.M Residency, Lahore, Paramatta Artists Studios and Cicada Press COFA UNSW, Creative Fusion International Artists Residency, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and at C3A – Center of contemporary art, Cordoba, Spain in collaboration with the AAN Foundation. He is represented by FOST Gallery, Singapore & AAN Gandhara-art Space, Karachi-Hong Kong.
Adeel uz Zafar currently works and resides with his wife Nehdia and three children in Karachi.