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Rabia Zuberi

Rabia Zuberi

Rabia Zuberi  referred to in Pakistan as Queen Mother of Arts, was a Pakistani sculptor, painter, former chairperson of the Pakistan Arts Council, teacher and Pakistan's first woman sculptor. She produced most of her work after immigrating to Pakistan. Some of her drawings includes Duputta, Quest for Peace, and some sculptures titled Peace Message from the Progressive World and Peace Message were acquired by the National Art Gallery, Pakistan

Rabia Zuberi is Pakistan’s pioneer woman sculptor the recipient of numerous national awards for art including the President’s Pride of Performance and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rabia Zuberi has dedicated her life to art and art education; with her sister Hajra and later joined by Mansur Rahi, she established Karachi’s first art school, Karachi School of Art (KSA) in 1965.

KSA has produced innumerable fine artists and educationists. Rabia is also a fine painter, and her drawings often carry an architectural linearity.

Her masterpiece: an artwork consisting of seven figures, each one seven feet tall in a circular composition ten feet in diameter is titled: Peace Message to the Progressive World. It is the culmination of three years of intensive work in the media of bronze fiber, and steel. It is a part of the national collection shown at the National Art Gallery, Islamabad.

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