Sophiya Khwaja is a Pakistani artist living and working in Dubai. Her images picture a solitary female figure, the artist herself, navigating the strange and oftentimes dangerous world. Khwaja’s recent pieces use her familiar iconography within circular confines, where missiles threaten, needles prick and thread cuts apart and then reassembles the stoic woman.
Sophiya Khwaja received her MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design (2007) and her BFA in Printmaking from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan (2003). Khwaja is the recipient of an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center (2016), a Fulbright Fellowship (2005-2007) and is a selected artist for Campus Art Dubai’s (CAD) 4.0 Core Program. Her work is in the collections of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, CT; UNESCO-Andorra, Ordino, Andorra; RISD Museum; and The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), Islamabad, Pakistan.