Qinza Inter-Disciplinary Artist

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Qinza Najm is a NYC based Pakistani-American artist, born and raised in Lahore. She has been academically trained from Bath University England and at the Art Students League of New York under the mentorship of renowned artist Larry Poons.

She has exhibited internationally at the Queens Museum (NY), Christie’s Art (Dubai), Art|Basel (Miami, FL), and the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), among others. Her work has been featured in ArtNet News, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, the NY Daily News, International Business Week, Buzzfeed, and Herald. She lives and works in New York.

Her interdisciplinary artistic practice explores gendered violence and female subjectivity. Utilizing performance, video, painting, and other mediums, the artist, originally trained as a psychologist, understands herself as a denizen of the world, using artistic means to create empathy and understanding between societies and cultures in order to address the deepest social traumas.

Photo Credit: Roderick Angles

Selected Exhibitions

  • Pleasure Activism, Bronx Museum, NYC
  • ​​We The People, ArtSoch, Lahore, Pakistan (Solo)

  • ​​MindGames: An Insight into Cultural Dualism, Lahore, Pakistan (Solo)
  • ​​Off The Cloth, WhiteBox Art Space, New York, NY

  • Pleasure-Reclaimed, Spring Break Art Show, New York, NY (Solo)
  • ​​Off The Cloth, WhiteBox Art Space, New York, NY
  • ​​Golden Bullets, Frost Museum, Miami, FL
  • ​​The Gift Shop (Bullets), Wolfsonian Museum, Miami, FL
  • Veil and Pleasure, National Arts Club, New York, NY
  • ​​MaterialX, 5-50 Gallery, New York, NYC

  • Women Trouble, Western Exhibitions, Chicago
  • ​​Femmephilia, School of Visual Arts Curatorial Practice, New York, NY
  • ​​Her World-Her View, The Immigrant Artist Biennale, New York, NY

  • What If? National Museum of China, Beijing
  • Still I Rise, A.I.R Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
  • #BanNoMore, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
  • Tabdeeli II, Karachi Biennale, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Times of Perception, Steveson University, Maryland
  • Becoming a Wo-Men... Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan (Solo)
  • Don’t Grow Up It’s a Trap, Karachi Biennale, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Veil of Bullets, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX

  • All Around Her There Was a Frightening Silence, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan(solo)
  • Ghost of Empire, Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE (solo)
  • Violence as Methodology, Twelve Gates Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Don’t Shoot,X, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

  • Tabdeeli, Queens Museum, New York, NY
  • #NoHonorInHonorKilling, Museum of Moving Images, New York, NY
  • Power, Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL
  • Carousel, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
  • Suitable Girl, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
  • Performance, The Last Frontier, New York, NY
  • #BaNoMore, WhiteBox Art Space, New York, NY
  • Somewhere in America, St. Lawrence University Gallery, New York, NY

  • Passage of Wishes, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, NYC
  • Fata, Aicon Gallery, NYC
  • Niqabi Virgin, WhiteBox Art Space, NYC
  • Ghost of Empire, Twelve Gates Art, Philadelphia

  • Treasures of Love, Miami Art Basel, FL
  • Black and White, Place Pleiades Gallery, NYC
  • Swirl Bridge, United Nation, NYC

  • Red Dot, Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL
  • Somewhere In Berlin, Wattis Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • #DamnILookGood, Dumbo Art Festival, NYC
  • Just Politics, Con Artist Gallery, NYC
  • More to What Meets The Eyes, Con Artist Gallery, NYC
  • Love vs. Hate, DIFC, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
  • Noun Al Neswa, Marsam Mattar Gallery, Dubai

  • Sacred Sinister, United Nation, Auctioned by Christie’s, Dubai
  • Morphism of Love, Art Mora Gallery, NYC
  • Golden, Saffron Art Auction, NYC
  • Let it go, Leigh Wein Gallery, Chelsea NYC
  • Ego vs. Empathy, Governor Island Art Fair, NYC
  • Analysis of Love? Rush Art Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
  • Ego and I, Gallery Brooklyn, NYC
  • Modern Conflict, Art Dubai (Sikka), Dubai
  • Oscillating Reality, Green Point Gallery, NYC
  • Dream of Love, Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Abu Dhabi
  • East & West, SMV Gallery NY, NYC
  • Sublime Allegory, Time Square, NYC

  • Small Works, Manhattan Borough President's Office,NYC
  • Love & Ego, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC
  • Memories, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), GA
  • Contemporary Artist, US Consulate, Dubai, UAE

  • Blue, Art Couture Gallery, Dubai, UAE


2020 Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), North Adams, MA
2019 Bakehouse Art Complex, Studio Residency, Miami, FL
2018 New York University, Steinhardt Summer Studio Residency, New York, NY
2017 World of Co, Sofia, Bulgaria
Borgo del Sole, Summer Residency, Tuscany, Italy


2006 Ph.D. in Psychology, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
1999 M.S. in Psychology, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Workshops and Courses

2014 Painting, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA
2015 Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture. Art Student League New York
2016 Making the Invisible Visible: Artist as Researcher, MOMA, New York
2016 Color in Modern and Contemporary Art, MOMA, New York
2013 Arabic Calligraphy, Print Making & Welding Workshops, Tashkeel, Dubai, UAE
2012 Painting, Miami Art Center, Miami, FL