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Lubna Zahid


Lubna ZahidLubna Zahid is a classically trained fine artist. After beginning her career as an artist in Pakistan, Lubna immigrated to the United States in 2000. Typographic elements in her works rely heavily on the progressive post-colonial movements in the Muslim world in the 20th century. The philosophical works of thinkers like Rumi, Allama Iqbal, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz shaped her generation and their ideas are evident in her pieces.

Strongly influenced by contemporary and classical calligraphy in Urdu, Arabic, and Persian, her pieces include texts in these languages. Lubna received calligraphy and illumination training by master calligrapher Abbas Baghdadi. She experiments with bold renditions of Islamic decorative forms such as the Shamsas. Her work is inflected deeply by the works of masters like Sadequain, Dulac, Klimt, and Kahlo. She expresses herself in a variety of media including transparent watercolor, gouache, graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylics, and clay.

Lubna has exhibited her work in the United States and in Pakistan. She teaches classes, workshops and seminars on art and art history in various venues including the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She lives in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

Lubna’s work can be viewed on her website: or Instagram account: @LubnaZahidArt