Biography

Syeda Hera Shakoor is a visual artist from Islamabad, holding her expertise in Painting with distinction from National College of Arts (2012). She is also a concept artist, art consultant and a writer.

She has worked with numerous prestigious organizations like WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and AAP (Actionaid Pakistan) as an artist and provided consultancy to them over various projects. Other than the amazing works that she has made in her career, she has also done some masterpiece art projects for Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) office building in Islamabad Pakistan, Bahawalpur Haveli and Army Public School and College (APSAC).

At present she is a head of Fine Arts Department at a local arts institute in Rawalpindi and is also serving as a visual arts instructor (Department of Fine Arts) at National College of Arts Rawalpindi campus.

She also owns her personal brand named ‘Hera’s Art Zone’ based in Islamabad with the mantra ‘Lets spread the Colors’. Art Zone is basically an art and craft studio, an art gallery and an institute to nurture the young artists where you will find her as a full time studio artist.

Moreover Hera has always had a practice of supporting and mentoring youngsters to become artists. She enjoys teaching the youngsters who plan to develop their career path in the field of arts. She is particular about it, competitive, and is also very generous with her own time and energy.

Hera Shakoor has been a teacher most of the time and she is constantly engaged in new work. She is really interested in other people’s work and that has manifested in working with young people, as well as holding training and coaching sessions for emerging artists. Her training has made many youngsters step into prestigious art and design institutions of Pakistan that includes ‘National College of Arts (NCA)’, ‘Beaconhouse National University (BNU)’, ‘National University of Sciences and Technology – School of Architecture and Design (NUST)’, ‘COMSATS University’, ‘Foundation University’ and ‘Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD)’.

Her art work is about the inspiration of artist herself. It’s the exhibition of non-identity of an individual without the limitation of space and time. Artist also disregards vanity by neglecting the norms society uses as a symbol of beauty.

Artist Statement:

My work is about few characters and these are inspired by me. Actually my characters are unaware of themselves. They exhibit the non-identity of an individual without the limitation of space and time. I also disregard vanity by neglecting the norms society uses as a symbol of beauty.

I create my self-portrait paintings out of an obligation to classify both brief thoughts and evolving anticipation. Even though some of my paintings can be interpreted as social explanations, I do not view art as a substance for the change of humanity or as having the capacity in itself to make societal transformation. Somewhat I see art as an image of society which one can use as a means to recognize and define his own philosophies and interpretations, his own stories, and antiquities. To define my own interpretations, I create large-scale self-portraits and paint my mirror image bald and without facial hair using oil paints on paper and then on canvas. These paintings are meticulously-rendered, extravagantly presented; illuminating works that use dramatic and expressive poses as well as original symbolism as a conduit for both personal and universal narratives.

I walk the line between the reality and the deception of the self-portrait. I do not view self-portraits as ordinary demonstrated restorations of the self; I frequently use my self-image as though I were an artist under the affectation of a role. Sometimes I am simply playing unaware of myself and society and these works are semidetached recording minute personal stories as though from a piece of paper.

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