Sana Arjumand is a young, versatile and passionate visual artist, based in Islamabad, who has gained worldwide recognition and captured a large international audience in recent years.
Since graduating from the National College of Arts in 2005, Sana has been exhibiting her work, both nationally and internationally at various galleries and museums. Her work has been represented in New York, London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Korea, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Delhi, to name a few places. Her work has been reviewed by well acclaimed art critics and publications such as the Times magazine, Asia Art Pacific, and Art Quarterly. Art Info magazine reviewed Sana’s work and put her name amongst the top ten emerging Indian and Pakistani artists.
Even though she is traditionally trained as a painter, she likes to explore and experiment in different mediums. Now a very prominent figure of the contemporary art scene, for the sake of experimentation she has explored multiple mediums such as digital prints, collages, and large scale oil paintings with splashes of tea and acrylic gel. Conceptually, she is a postmodern artist; she likes to make pieces around strong concepts regarding the present state of human existence. Her impressive artistic vocabulary expresses a sophisticated grasp on the subtleties of life, bringing a new insight to the mundane.
She infuses a rich blend of cultural symbolism alongside patterns and images that recur very often in the times we live in. She has touched upon politically and religiously sensitive issues with a sense of wit. "Through wit I can speak comfortably about the most sensitive issues", she quotes.
Lately, her interest in folk and spiritual imagery has brought her to contemplate upon the connection of these symbols with our modern life. In her practice, she is exploring the deconstruction of the veils of understanding to expose a new truth to contemporary issues.
For her, the idea of parallel universes and layers of realities that coexist hold great importance. Sana is touching upon topics revolving the placement of society and spirituality in one’s life. She believes, "after all life is all about perception!”. Most of her works depict the power of human perception and the choice to choose, to see what we want to see, and how we want to see it.
Sana’s artworks represent her abilities and skills as an artist. She has managed to put relevant issues of our times in a visual vocabulary and created an outstanding visual dictionary for the world to interpret, understand, and appreciate. An artist who chooses these types of concepts to work on, Sana wants to make a difference by accepting the harsh realities of this world and highlighting the activities which need improving. She has definitely played her role as a citizen and an artist, and has become the role model for numerous young artists and art lovers.