Samar F Zia lives and works in London and Karachi.
Born Karachi, Pakistan.


2011-2013 Masters in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
2004-2007 Bachelors in Fine Art, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

Selected Exhibitions


Reinforcement, Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad
Mixed Media Exhibiton, Candid Arts Trust, London


Rough Around the Edges, Hanmi Gallery, London
Secrets, Enigma’s, and Puzzles, Open Arts Cafe, West London Synagogue
MAFA Degree show, Central Saint Martins, London


On being different and same at the same time, London
Attaining heights, V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi
MA Fine Art Interim show, V22, London


Once upon a wintertime, Hackney Downs Studios, London
Reinforcement, Solo exhibition (2 parallel shows), Canvas gallery, Karachi


Bits and pieces, KSA Gallery, Karachi


Alumni Show 2, IVS Gallery, Karachi
Dear Diary show, Poppy Seed Gallery, Karachi
Two person show, Khaas gallery, Islamabad Faculty 4, IVS Gallery, Karachi


Performance, Sunday Bazaar- The Museum of Non-Participation, Vasl artists in residence Brad Butler and Karen Mirza, Karachi
Alumni Show 1, Collaborative Video installation, IVS Gallery, Karachi
Alumni Show 1, IVS Gallery, Karachi Performance with Monali Meher, Vasl artist in residence, Karachi
Karara I, Grandeur Arts, Karachi Emerging Talent show, V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi Group Show, Rohtas I, Islamabad.


Group Show, Commune Gallery, Karachi


Badin Charity Show, Canvas Gallery, Karachi

Selected Reviews

Mind and God, 03.04.2014, Youlin Magazine

Art Exhibition: Capturing the Mundane on Canvas, Maryam Usman, 02.04.2014, Express Tribune

Rough Around the Edges, Zahra Khan, January 2014 Issue, ArtNow Contemporary Art of Pakistan

UAL Talent: Samar Zia, Naz K Rasmussen 09.05.2013, Arts London News

Review Reinforcement, Allison white, Nov/Dec 2011, Art Asia Pacific

The Sound of Fury, 30.05.2010, Dawn News

Dear Diary–A new art exhibition to look out for, 07.01.2010, Metblogs

Refreshingly Green-Karara Exhibiton, 26.08.2008, Business Recorder Karachi

Strokes to ponder, 07.10.2008, The News

Young Artists Work Go on Display at Rohtas Today, 25.03.2008, Daily Times

Who Am I? Ask Fine Arts Students at the Indus Valley School, 13.12.2007, The News

Show Stopper: The Indus Valley Thesis Degree Opens with 4 Years of Hard Work, 12.2007, Daily Times

Works of two artists on display at Khaas, 17.04.2009, Dawn News

Breaking Boundaries in search of identity, 17.04.2009, The News

Budding Artists’ Work Par Excellence, 25.03.2008, Dawn News



Visiting curator, Rough Around the Edges, Hanmi gallery, London


Tour guide, Hayward gallery, London


Happy Hands, Arts and crafts books, Research, Artwork, concept and Design

2009- 2010

The Rising Tide, Assistant Curator, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi


Birth of Pakistan, Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi


The Emperors New Clothes, Collaboration with Naiza Khan, Talwar Gallery, New York


Unilever Art-Room, Wikked Plus TV, educational TV show, Vasl Art, Karachi


Mural painting, The Lady Dufferin Hospital, NGO Aura, Karachi


Prop construction, Tehrik-e-Niswan Theatre troupe, Karachi


2008 – 2010

Visiting Faculty, Department of Fine Art, Indus Valley school of Art and Architecture, Karachi



Pigment making workshop, Jaipur, India


Cosmetology and make-up course, Harrods, Karachi



Half tuition scholarship, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston


Distinction in Thesis, BFA, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture


First prize, The Naqsh Art Gala, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Pakistan