Munawar Ali Syed (1975) is a Hyderabad born visual artist and art educator. He holds a BFA from National College of Arts (1999) and MA (Art Education) from Beacon House National University (2017). He is an Associate Professor at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. Syed’s artworks have been shown in seven solo exhibitions and numerous national and international group exhibitions including Karachi Biennial 2019. He has also collaborated with local Pakistani artists and craftsmen such as Truck artist and produce several public artworks as part of make the city beautiful and accessible public art initiatives such as ‘Rung dey Karachi’ (2010), Reimagining Walls of Karachi and Great wall of Truck Art at the Islamabad International Airport (2017). He was a member of Vasl Artist Collective. Syed participated in international residencies and workshops including Burragorang International Artist’s Workshop, Australia (2003), The Vasl International Artist’s Workshop, Pakistan (2004), Braziers International Artist’s Workshop, UK and Westburry Farm Residency, UK (2005). In 2016, Syed was awarded the SATHA innovation award for his contribution to the public art. He also received two ADA National Awards (2019) for his performance and site-specific works and was the winner of Sovereign Asian Art Public Choice award (2019).
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