Mobina Zuberi


Mobina Zuberi

Islamabad
 
Having been brought up in a family where art was the main focus of discussions and activities, Mobina Zuberi grew her passion for art from her childhood. Her parents were friends with famous artists, intellectuals and writers, so this gave her the edge of having more knowledge about art and master artists than others. Her mother used to save up money to buy a beautiful piece of art rather than jewellery. 
 
Mobina Zuberi, being a figurative painter is attracted to human forms, especially female figures. She depicts these figures neither as beautiful glamorous woman, nor as fairytale princesses, mythological figures, and embodiments of fertility or folklore legends. Rather, these are simplified drawings created by the use of paints, portraying an inner expression or feeling. This imagery creates a feeling of happening, a drama, a story or a moment, representing a part of our daily life.    
 
Mobina chooses a defining characteristic of the females she paints, such as a pose, the angularity, contour or a gesture of the face, and combines it with her own form of sketching to create an emotional feeling in her art. Adding on to that, she uses textures on the canvas like no other, to enhance the emotional effects she creates. Her love for the human form is expressed by her own words as such; “I find the human form (and what you could do with it to express your feelings) far more exciting”.
 
It is quite amazing how Mobina Zuberi manages to instil different moods and emotions in her paintings of these women. She does this in a way that seems very unplanned, or unintentional, and yet her work seems to be a natural reflection of her own feelings. These distinct paths that she takes with the same subject can be seen when one notices the differences in her paintings. One painting may be dominated by white with minimal colours, such as black scattered around, to show a very innocent and soft mood. While another painting of hers could be dominant in bright, vibrant colours to create a feeling of wit and cheerfulness. Mobina has aslo experimented with abstract compositions, with the help of expressive lines and shapes, giving an edge to the viewer’s imagination. This shows her versatility as an artist, and she can easily be referred to as a role model for aspiring artists.
 
Unlike many contemporary artists, Mobina doesn’t make art necessarily to be hung in a living space. Her work is based on her own feelings, her own imagination, where she somehow manages to create a definite attraction towards her women without painting them in any revealing or arousing sort of way whatsoever.