Rabia Zuberi

An eminent sculptor, art educator and thinker, Rabia Zuberi is a pioneering figure of Pakistan’s art community. Having educated at the Aligarh Muslim University and Lucknow College of Arts and Craft, Zuberi along with her sister Hajra, migrated to Pakistan and joined her parents in Karachi in 1963. She has many accolades to her name but the most important among them is the establishment of the first art school in Karachi. Along with her sister Hajra Masur and Mansur Rahi, Zuberi founded the Karachi School of Art in 1964, which continues to flourish to date. Looking at design as a component of sculpture, Zuberi has communicated her thoughts through different forms. Her work has a variety of both, figurative and abstract art. Human anatomy has been a persistent area of exploration throughout her entire oeuvre. Zuberi has remained the recipient of numerous awards throughout her life. She received multiple art awards at the National Youth Art Exhibitions held in Calcutta and New Dehli in the early 1960s. Other than this, her artistic excellence was recognized and awarded at the 7th National Art Exhibition in 1996. Zuberi was bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in 2003.