Sumaira Tazeen is a Cambridge, Canada based visual artist, educator, and curator from Hyderabad, Pakistan. She received her BFA in Miniature Painting and sculpture from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1996. Since then, her work has been exhibited in established group and solo exhibitions across South Asia, the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, and has been presented to such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Rania of Jordan. Tazeen is the recipient of a number of awards including the Haji Muhammud Sharif Award for Miniature Painting (1996), the Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship (2004), the Department for International Development Scholarship Award (2003- 2004) and Ontario Arts Council’s grant for Emerging Artists (2014). She has attended artist workshops such as the Vasl Artist Workshop (2001) and also completed an artist residency at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (2009).
Sumaira served as Associate Professor at the Department of Miniature Painting, Faculty of Fine Art at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi from 2005 till 2012.
Sumaira is continuing her practice in Canada and showing in prestigious public art galleries like Art Gallery of Mississauga.She is part of AGM’s educational roster for schools as Artist in residence. She is a member of South Asian Visual Arts Center, Canada (SAVAC) Her recent curatorial venture was a miniature painting show “Traditions leads to innovation” at Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto at South Asian heritage day (2013). She is the master of traditional gilding techniques and has conducted an adult workshop at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. (2015). She has been selected as an Artist in Residence (2018) by the City of Kitchener, Ontario.