My painting explores the relationship between storytelling and identity with allusions to metaphysics, symbolism, and enlightenment. Personal memories, stories from history, mystical dreams and aspirations are realized through vivid colors, gestural marks, and semi-figurative representations to give them new meanings in relation to humanity and dilemmas of our time. My art is an amalgam of ideas, materials, and thought processes. As a Pakistani-American artist, my bicultural identity informs and processes the conception and finality of my work.
My inspiration comes from multiple sources like Rumi, Khalil Gibran, and Shakespeare, among others. For example, the interplay of Eastern and Western philosophies and literature are dualistic and are reflected in my drawings and collages. They are symbolic forms derived from the Renaissance and the Mughal as well as the Ottoman architectural motifs.
Qinza Najm is a Pakistani-American artist, whose work has been selected for many national and international juried exhibitions in New York, Atlanta and Dubai. Exhibition venues include Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery NYC, Manhattan Borough President's Office NYC, US Consulate Dubai, Art Couture Gallery Dubai and Time Square NYC. Currently, Qinza's large scale work is in public and private collections.
Qinza completed her Ph.d in Psychology from USA, which enables her to access her subconscious and bring it onto the canvas. Qinza studied painting & drawing at Bath University England, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) USA, and painting, mixed media and sculpture at The Art Students League of New York with well known NYC artists such as Bruce Dorfman, Frank O’Cain, Leonid Lerman and Larry Poons. She now works out of her studio in NYC and exhibits frequently in United States and Dubai.