2019 © Seyhr Qayum 











Curriculum Vitae



Boston University - College of Fine Arts, MA, USA ---- Sept ‘09-May ‘13                      

BFA: Painting Major with a Minor in History of Art & Architecture

Honored with inclusion on Dean’s List in graduating semester

Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica, Venice, Italy ---- Sept-Dec ‘11                                                    

Study Abroad Program



Select Shows:


  • WE'RE ALL MAD HERE, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan ---- July '18

  • Lamb Building, Middle Temple, London, UK ---- Nov ‘15 - Nov ‘16


  • RIVER IN AN OCEAN, Lahore Biennale - Collateral Event, The Creative Process, Lahore, Pakistan ---- Mar '18

  • OCCUPYING THE THIRD SPACE, Satrang Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Sept '17

  • ATO NEXUS, Embassy of Pakistan, Tokyo, Japan ---- June '16 

  • ABOUT TIME, Young Artists’ Show, Al-Hamra Arts Council, Lahore, Pakistan ---- Apr ‘15

  • PNCA Women's Day Show, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Mar ‘15

  • NCA Faculty Show, CAG, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Feb ‘15

  • BU Senior Grad Show, Boston, MA ---- May ‘13

  • BU College of Fine Arts Graduation Entrance Display, Boston, MA ---- May ‘13

  • BU College of Fine Arts Entrance Display, Boston, MA ---- Sept–Dec ‘12

  • BU Undergraduate Fall Show, Boston, MA ---- Sept ‘12

  • Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Aug ‘12

  • Foundation for Open America, Boston, MA ---- May ‘12-‘13

  • Open Studio Night, Venice, Italy ---- Nov ‘11

  • Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- July ‘11

  • BU Undergrad Fall Show, Boston, MA ---- Sept ‘11


Artist-in-Residence: Ato Nexus, Tokyo, Japan ---- May–June '16


Artist Talk; PechaKucha Night - Making Art in the Capital, Kuch Khaas, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Jan '18

Select press/media reviews of latest exhibitions:





Nigaah Art Magazine, Edition 79 (Painting from exhibition printed on cover)

Exhibtion coverage, review and artist interview, Geo TV











Article; “Varying Art Assessment Standards in An Era Where “Anything Goes”; Architecture Design Art; Dec ‘12

Article; “Thinking Outside the Box”; Architecture Design Art; Jul ‘14

Article; “Why Do We Love the Abstracted Woman?”; Blue Chip; Sept ‘14

Article; “Pakistani Street Art”; Blue Chip; Oct ‘14

Article; “What It’s Like To Be An Artist; Blue Chip; Dec ‘14

Article; “Who Did You Paint That For?” Blue Chip; Mar ‘15

Article; “When Did "Feminism" Become An Unspeakable Word?” Blue Chip; Oct ‘17



Key Work Experience:

  • Visual Media Consultant at the Jinnah Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Aug '16 - Apr '18

  • English Copywriter at Synergy Advertising - Dentsu Aegis Network, Islamabad, Pakistan ---- Nov '15-Apr '16 

  • Teaching Associate at the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi, Pakistan ---- Sept ‘14 - Apr '15

  • Creative Intern at Leo Burnett, Dubai, UAE ---- Nov ‘13 - Feb ‘14                                

  • Media Assistant at BU’s History of Art & Architecture Department ---- May ‘10 - Jan ‘11

  • Photography Intern with international photographer, Jack D., Boston, MA ---- Sept - Dec ‘10

  • Freelance graphic designer, skilled in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator ---- Mar '14 - Present                                                 



Seyhr Qayum is a visual artist, who lives and works in Islamabad, Pakistan and holds a BFA in Painting and minor in Art History from Boston University. She has a diverse studio practice, ranging from making largescale oil paintings – a combination of representational and abstract visuals – to creating mixed media installations. Seyhr has exhibited her work both locally and internationally, including in the U.S., the U.K., and Japan. She also frequently contributes articles to various publications commenting on select aspects of the art world.


Seyhr’s art practice is largely about her perception of what it means to flit between liberal and conservative societies, while focusing on how female identity in Pakistan is not only deeply rooted in South Asian culture, but is also informed by South Asian cultural religion; society’s collective interpretation of Islamic scripture and doctrine.