Born in 1982, India, to a Hindu father and a Muslim mother, Zoya always had a unique perspective of seeing things from most around her. The theatre and media background of her parents exposed her to the finer arts at a very young age. She grew up watching many theatre plays, music recitals, listening to script and stories sessions and witnessing many artistic projects coming to life. From very early in life it was clear that she would pursue visual arts as a career. As a student of applied arts in Sophia Shree Basant Kumar Somani Memorial college, Zoya was nominated for several students awards, the most prestigious one being the international IBDAA awards, in the print advertising category. After completeing BFA (Applied arts ) Zoya worked for a few years as a visual artist. Parallely she also pursued her interests in theatre and acted and designed for several theatre productions from 1998 onwards. She moved base from Mumbai to Dehli, where she worked as a visual designer after which she moved to Singapore in 2011.
Working as a freelance visual designer in Singapore, Zoya started experimenting with painting, sketching, mixed media art in her process of self-exploration. Gradually she developed her own style of painting. Her works largely questions boundaries and distinctions — such as those between social classes, genders, political leanings in the realms of society and culture.
Zoya’s current body of works is an amalgamation of all that she has gathered from her various experiences.
A society is a complex structure being constantly influenced by multiple elements such as politics, religion, media, development, history and technology. I have been interested in the inter relation of these aspects and how these influence or impact the other and what we end up loosing in the process gaining the other. I have been influenced by images and imagery that I’ve grown and often recreate them as symbols to reflect on a subject or to state the obvious.
‘Many Streets Many wonder’ was shown in Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, April 2017
‘Who Watches the Watchman” was shown at The Substation Gallery, Singapore, January 2014 as part of a group exhibition MimArt 5.0
‘Untitled’ series was shown at The Culture Square Gallery, Singapore, September 2013 as part of a group exhibition.
‘Fly Butterfly” was shown at The Substation Gallery, Singapore, March 2013 as part of a group exhibition MimArt 4.0
‘Behind a cloud of smoke’ was shown at The Substation Gallery, Singapore, September 2012 as part of a group exhibition MimArt 3.0
Awards + Achievements (* International)
Profiled amoungst 90 artists from around the globe in publication “Artists To Look Out For” 2014 by “Starry Night Programs, United States of America.
*IBDA’A International Student Awards 2004
Held by the International Advertising Association (UAE Chapter)
Finalist in the Print Advertising category
*56th CAG Awards 2004
Nominee in the Cub Illustrator category