Born in 1982, in a very ‘belief conscious’, 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. From her early years it was clear that she would pursue visual arts as a career. As a student of Applied arts, Zoya was nominated for several students awards, the most prestigious one being the international IBDAA awards, in the print advertising category. After completing BFA (Applied arts) Zoya worked for the years to follow, as a visual designer. Parallelly 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 in 2007 and then 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 globalisation, urbanisation — within, 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.
Society, to Zoya, is a complex structure being constantly influenced by multiple elements such as politics, religion, media, development, history, technology and globalization. Technology and globalization being the key contributor of change in todays post-modern societies, Zoya has 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. She takes images and imagery that surround her and often recreate them as symbols to reflect on a subject or to state the obvious.
Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, November 2019
‘Art Gemini Prize 2019’ Finalist’s Exhibition at Gallery NaWei, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore, 9 -15 November 2019
‘Intersections’ group show by Canvas & Weaves @ The Visual Art Centre, Singapore 8-9 March 2019
‘Utterly Women’ group show @ Utterly Art Gallery, Singapore 1-17thMarch 2019
Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, November 2018
‘Lost And Found – Singapore’, Solo Exhibition at the Utterly Art Gallery, Singapore August 2018
Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands November 2017
Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, April 2017
The Substation Gallery, Singapore, January 2014 as part of a group exhibition MimArt 5.0
The Culture Square Gallery, Singapore, September 2013 as part of a group exhibition.
The Substation Gallery, Singapore, March 2013 as part of a group exhibition MimArt 4.0
The Substation Gallery, Singapore, September 2012 as part of a group exhibition MimArt 3.0
Awards + Achievements (*International)
*Art Gemini Prize, Public choice award, 2019
*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 (India)
Nominee in the Cub Illustrator category