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Almine Rech

Hiba Schahbaz

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Hiba Schahbaz trained in traditional Indo-Persian miniature painting at the National College of Arts, Lahore. Since migrating to the United States, Schahbaz has challenged the rigorous rules of Miniature Painting to embrace a female perspective, while also creating space and representation for those who have so often been left out of Western art. Schahbaz’s practice has expanded from miniature to human-scale paintings that depict female bodies, while referencing self-portraiture. Schahbaz works primarily with paper, black tea, and water-based pigments, specifically using tea to connect to South Asian culture. Hiba Schahbaz received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute and has exhibited internationally since 2002.

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