Karachi, b.1991

Maria Qamar

Maria Qamar is a first-generation Canadian from a traditional South Asian family. She moved to Canada at the age of nine in 2001 and was forced to endure bullying and racism as a young girl in a post 9/11 Toronto. Qamar found her artistic voice through Instagram where her illustrations resonated with the Desi community, particularly the second generation. Art became a means for her to handle realities of being brown and South Asian in an early 2000s North American context. Her work is collected by Mindy Kaling and was featured on The Mindy Project. She is an Instagram sensation and the author of the Trust No Aunty published in 2017. Her artwork has been shown in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mumbai Comicon, and the Oxo Tower Wharf in...

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Biography

Maria Qamar is a first-generation Canadian from a traditional South Asian family. She moved to Canada at the age of nine in 2001 and was forced to endure bullying and racism as a young girl in a post 9/11 Toronto. Qamar found her artistic voice through Instagram where her illustrations resonated with the Desi community, particularly the second generation. Art became a means for her to handle realities of being brown and South Asian in an early 2000s North American context. Her work is collected by Mindy Kaling and was featured on The Mindy Project. She is an Instagram sensation and the author of the Trust No Aunty published in 2017. Her artwork has been shown in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mumbai Comicon, and the Oxo Tower Wharf in London, England. Maria currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Fraaaandship! is Marias first solo show in New York City, and her first show with Richard Taittinger Gallery.

Artworks

11

A Good Artist, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Acrylic and Ink on Canvas / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Audience Participation / Balance between the East and the West / Bright Colors / Canada / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Social Phenomenon / Contemporary Southeast Asian Art / Desi Culture / Desi-Pop Art / Diaspora/Migration / Digital/Internet Culture / Feminist Art / Gender Issues / Humor and Satire / Ink / Ink on Canvas / Pakistan / Pop Art / Primary Colors / Social Media / Southeast Asian Art / Toronto / Vinyl and LED on Wood Board / Women Artists / Wood Board / Word as Image

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    FRAAAANDSHIP!, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, NY

Bibliography

  • 2019

    Gupta, Alisha Haridasani, Maria Qamar's Bold Art Is Both Therapy and Weapon, exhibition review of Maria Qamar's exhibition, "Fraaaandship!" (August 1 - September 2, 2019) at Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, The New York Times, August 15, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/arts/design/maria-qamar-art-richard-taittinger.html

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Curriculum Vitae

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    FRAAAANDSHIP!, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, NY

Bibliography

  • 2019

    Gupta, Alisha Haridasani, Maria Qamar's Bold Art Is Both Therapy and Weapon, exhibition review of Maria Qamar's exhibition, "Fraaaandship!" (August 1 - September 2, 2019) at Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, The New York Times, August 15, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/arts/design/maria-qamar-art-richard-taittinger.html