Tayyaba Aziz gives Human Elegance to Art

Her work is Figurative, Abstract and Cubist. Oil on canvas. And she is open to individual interpretation. This is Tayyaba Aziz, a young, energetic artist who has the courage to dare, “My paintings are based on poetry but everybody is welcome to interpret the painting in their own way. There is no right and wrong, and I let the viewer’s imagination run wild. My colors are bright and cheerful, and excite when you look at them. I usually do work on any series because I don’t want to limit myself to a specific theme.”

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Her description of an art works as she told IRIS ART MAGAZINE in an interview is, “My painting has a geometrical approach, emphasizing a flattened depiction of space. But I modify it to add the value in it to make it more exciting. Objects are painted in fragments where the viewer could see many sides of the object at a single glance. The subject matter is reconstructed in an abstract form. In my painting, color played a larger role in the paintings making the works much more decorative.”

She was hardly fifteen when she began to take academic interest in art. Today she indulges in abstract Cubo-expressionism, and works with complex forms of figuration.

Tayyaba Aziz is the first Pakistani artist to do a solo exhibition in Abu Dhabi Art Hub on September 16, 2013. Melissa Randhawa wrote on her work in DXB Buzz on June 30, 2014. Since then, she has participated in several art shows, including one that was held by Nomad Art Gallery at the Danish ambassador’s residence in Islamabad.


For a young artist, she knows such a great deal about art, its history and philosophy that you could listen to her raptly as she speaks it all.

About her philosophy of art, she says, “Philosophy of art differs from other fields of life due to its subject-matter and also by the means it employs to reflects, transform and express itself. In a certain sense, the philosophy of art reflects reality in its relation to man, and depicts man, his spiritual world, and the relations between individuals and their interaction with the world.”

She continues, “We are not living in a pure world but in a world that has been transformed; a world where everything has been given a ‘human angle’, a world permeated with our attitudes towards it, our needs, ideas, aims, ideals, joys and sufferings, a world that is part of the vortex of our existence. If we were to remove this ‘human factor’ from the world and its sometimes inexpressible, profoundly intimate relationship with man, we will find ourselves confronted with a desert of grey infinity, where everything was indifferent to everything else. There are lots of happenings around us the bad and good.”

About the source of her inspiration in art, she says,

“I am inspired by my great teacher Mansoor Rahi, Pablo Picasso who was probably the most important artist of the twentieth century who first give the idea to the world about Cubism, Claude Monet who was the founder of French impressionist painting, and nineteenth century modernist painter Édouard Manet. In truth, there are many more who inspire me.

“But my chief source of inspiration was my father. I love to read poetry and to experiment with formal elements. I use formal element like color/shape and line as the basis of my work: How we see things symbolically, especially how different atmospheres and hardships affect our visual perspective.”

About her early education, Tayyaba says, “I did my Bachelors in Fine Arts from PECHS College in Karachi and, having received an enviable first position in the certificate course from the Central Institute of Art and Craft (CIAC), I finished my MBA (Marketing) from Hamdard University, Karachi. Then I joined MansoorRahi and worked for two years under the tutelage of this great master.”

Tayyaba says she has had “a very ordinary childhood.”

Explaining, she adds, “My father was a self-made person. He drew faces with the charcoal. He was passionate towards poetry and art but because of his responsibilities of his family, he kept his desire in the cupboard, locked it and threw the keys in the sea.”


She has struggled hard during the early phase of her life. “In the beginning, I didn’t have enough money to buy the expensive art materials. In order to earn more money I started working early in the mornings; the usual work hours would be from 8am to 6pm and then I would attend the MBA classes from 6pm to 9pm. For four years I would reach home very late and get little or no time for rest. I have struggled a lot to reach at the place I am standing right now, and the struggle continues to prove myself as an artist. All my achievements happened due to my mother’s prayer and I continue this art because of my husband’s support and encouragement,” she emphasizes.

Describing her favorite genre and style in art, she says, “My favorite genre has always been the beautiful gifts that God have blessed us all with, such as horses and other figurative works. After getting into the field of art, I completely admire the proportionality God has used to create us.”
Her aim in art: “Good art has an emotional impact on the space it occupies, giving it a sense of atmosphere and mood. My fundamental aim in art is to increase the happiness of viewers by giving them something beautiful, something adorable. The good images enter the eye and leave their eternal impression on our minds.”

She adds, “It is very difficult to define art. As quoted by one of the many artists, ‘It is an overloaded term.’ I think: art lacks nowhere in teaching you the lessons of patience and endurance.
“Creative work helps you to get out of your internal world, see the things in a broader perspective, and show the same to your audience. They must feel that this is something they completely missed before this moment. I become passionately involved in something that challenges my imagination and enjoy the power that art bestows me to express myself in so many different ways. My aim as an artist is to understand the visual complexity of things in terms of the relationship between the objective properties of image and subjective properties of perception,” she elaborates.

As an artist, what precisely are her personal feelings? To this, she responds, “For an artist, to get into the art market or to get recognition is the most difficult step in life. In the beginning, as all artists do; I sent my portfolio to various galleries and became used to being ignored for a long, long time. However, I did not give up since this universal trend gave me the required courage to continue and produce more quality work.”

About art fairs, she comments,

“Art fairs provide you the vital means of recognition. They provide you the opportunity to interact with art galleries, publishers, and eventually the art lovers who wish and can afford to buy your work. The art work being sold and bought must be authentic and should also be an effective copyright act in Pakistan, so that the dealers must certify that the painting is original and from the genuine artist. This makes a work of art considerably more attractive to the buyer. The fraudster dealers sell the art at low prices and ruin the market of the original artist.”

Of her favorites she is very clear. “Dali is one of my most favorite artists. I really love the madness which shows in his work that in fact is sensibility, the persistence of memory, Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus).”


She wishes, “There should be some organization in our country that promotes aspiring artists, an organization that plays the role of a middle man between the gallery and an artist. It is not necessary that a student who studies from a reputable institute gets a chance to enter the art market, because in my opinion art is God gifted and everybody must be accessible to it. People already are born with talent and capabilities; the only role that an institution plays is to polish it.

“There should be no child labor which is very common in Pakistan we should take lesson from the west who are totally against the child labor and to stop this, the free Education should be made compulsory for each every child irrespective of caste, creed or religion.”

She aims to help the poor and downtrodden children whose family cannot afford their education expenses. “I would also like to continue with my studies to excel in art.”

Her artist’s statement: “I am an Abstract Cubo Expressionist and work with complex forms of figuration that is oil on canvas. My colors are bright, lively and vibrant those bring the feelings of joy, content and elation. With my geometrical approach I emphasize a flattened depiction to objects. I am categorizing myself as an analytical cubist. I have tried to experiment with analytical cubism by detaching it from monochromatic expression to bring more life to it. The life is very complex, and my work shows exactly the same. Complexity, ambiguity and puzzle are the hallmark of my work but still they invoke a sense of hope and happiness. It is the combination of imagination, reality and some unsaid emotions. It is simultaneously subtle and bold, complex and simple, planned and spontaneous.

“I depict the world as it is not as it seems. I analysis the subject from multiple view points and reconstruct it within a geometrical framework and create an image by distorting the forms by using many colors of full palette. I really enjoyed geometric formula that solve the problem of how to draw three dimensional object with the approximation of four dimension on a two dimensional surface.”

And here is her personal message to art enthusiasts worldwide: “A painting has to be made with paint or paint like material, so there is a need to understand pictorial art and painting. Painting’s performativity will always set it apart from other media and raise the stakes over other forms.”—Khalid Rahman


Says Tayyaba Aziz:

I describe myself as figurative, abstract expressionist and analytical cubist. Oil on canvas, I experiment with analytical cubism by detaching it from monochromatic expression to bring more life to it.

My work brings together the human form to reproduce in separate pieces of prism. When I used thin layers of color that cover my subject’s body making it free and floatable and space is activated with overlapping colors/ tones and patterns that tune up the imagination with visual ambiguity. I use a vibrant palette that assists me in solving dimensional puzzle.

Our culture and society teaches us that we must hold back emotion when in public but I believe emotion should be expressed more regularly and freely. Colors play an extremely important role in my paintings making it more decorative and intense. My work is the expression or application of imagination.