Hiba Schahbaz's studio in Brooklyn, NY
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Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Hiba Schahbaz is a Brooklyn-based figurative painter who works primarily with paper, black-tea, and water based pigments. Currently in her studio she is preparing for a forthcoming exhibition with De Buck Gallery that will feature large-scale oil paintings, her first time expanding into this new medium. Her subjects, largely drawn from her lifelong practice of self portraiture, inhabit a dreamlike, all-female world. 
Schahbaz in her Brooklyn studio, July 2020

Schahbaz initially trained in Indo-Persian miniature painting at Lahore’s National College of Arts, and later earned a Master’s in Painting from Pratt Institute in New York. Her work addresses issues of personal freedom, destruction, sexuality and censorship by unveiling the beauty, fragility and strength of the female form.  The inclusion of the female figure in her paintings creates nebulous “safe spaces,” embracing the idea that radical empowerment can coexist with beauty and tranquility. 

Hiba Schahbaz
Roots (After Frida), 2020
Watercolor, gouache, tea and gold leaf on wasli
14 x 11 inches
35.56 x 27.94 cm

Hiba Schahbaz
Self Reflection, 2020
Watercolor, gouache, tea and gold leaf on wasli
13.5 x 10.5 inches
34.29 x 26.67 cm

Schahbaz's recent body of work, In Solitude is on view in De Buck Gallery's online viewing room.
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Schahbaz's solo shows include In Solitude (De Buck Gallery, 2020), The Garden (Spring/Break Art Show, 2018), Hiba Schahbaz: Self-Portraits (Project for Empty Space, 2017), Hanged With Roses (Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 2015), and In Memory (Noire Gallery, 2012). Schahbaz has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including a recent show curated by Jasmine Wahi in Tokyo, “all the women. in me. are tired.”, at THE CLUB, as well as exhibitions at NiU Museum of Art, The Untitled Space, and Center for Book Arts; and has shown at art fairs such as Pulse Art Fair, Art Fair Cologne, and Vienna Fair. Her work has been written about in Vice, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, Coveteur, Vogue, NY Magazine, Art Critical, and will be featured in the September edition of Artforum. Schahbaz has curated painting exhibitions in Pakistan and India, and she was an artist-in-residence at Mass MoCA, The Wassaic Project, Vermont Studio Center, and the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency at the Tang Museum. She teaches miniature painting at the Art Students League in New York, and her work is held in private collections around the world.
Listen: In the studio with Hiba Schahbaz
To explore the works in this collection further, visit our gallery's youtube channel to hear Hiba Schahbaz discuss her works from her studio. 
Looking ahead:

Forthcoming Hiba Schahbaz solo exhibition opening September, 2020
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Studio photographs by Meiying Thai for De Buck Gallery
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