Born 1970 in Karachi, Pakistan

The mainstay of Suleman’s artistry explores a series of dichotomies that point to the fragile and fleeting ephemerality of life. By juxtaposing her intricate – initially pastoralized scenes as rendered in the filigree tradition of Islamic art – against the hard, formidable qualities of the stainless-steel medium, Suleman’s sculpture is reminiscent of the precarious nature of the human condition inherent in the flux of societies.

The recurring motifs in Suleman’s work—organic subjects such as birds and flowers—form detailed, repetitive patterns, which are replete with symbolic meaning. Abstracted notions of loss and disappearance quietly resonate through her sculptures. In lieu of tombs, memorials and funerals, the works confront our earthly fears, but remain suggestive of transcendental relief. They may be seen simultaneously as symbolic representations of the coexistence between love of nature and the chaos of man, in addition to the fragmented documentaries referencing recent violent and catastrophic occurrences within the artist’s sociopolitical landscape.


Adeela Suleman studied Sculpture at the Indus Valley School of Art and completed a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Karachi. She is currently the Coordinator of Vasl Artists’ Collective in Karachi, in addition to being Associate Professor and Head of the Fine Art Department at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. Suleman has participated extensively with group and solo exhibitions worldwide, including Phantoms of Asia at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, the 2013 Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Hanging Fire – Contemporary Art from Pakistan at The Asia Society, New York; Gallery Rohtas 2, Lahore; Canvas Gallery, Karachi; Aicon Gallery, New York; and, the International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Bologna, Italy (2008). Reviews and features of work appear in Artforum and the New York Times, among other publications. The artist lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.


The artist lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.




1999                     MA in International Relations, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan

1995                     BFA in Sculpture with Distinction, Indus Valley School of Art &Architecture, Karachi,



Select Solo Exhibitions


2015                     Black and Silver, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporeanea, Torino, Italy

2014                     Towards the End, Aicon Gallery, New York, U.S.

2013                     Impulse, Aicon Gallery Booth I-5 at Pulse Art Fair, New York, U.S.

2012                     I had no choice but to hear you, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy

                                I had no choice but to hear you, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2011                     Recent Works, Aicon Gallery, London, in conjunction with site-specific sculpture

Drained (2011), for the Manchester Cathedral as part of Asia Triennial Manchester, U.K.

2010                     After All It’s Always Somebody Else…, Aicon Gallery, New York, U.S.

2009                     Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2008                     Uncertainty, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan

Preview at Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2007                     Confinement, Commune Artist Colony, Karachi, Pakistan


Select Group Exhibitions


2016                     Sown Together, Aicon Gallery, New York

2015                     Eat Pray Thug, Aicon Gallery, New York

2014                     Mapmakers III, Aicon Gallery, New York

2013                      Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan

Art Dubai, Aicon Gallery Booth A-46, Dubai, UAE

                                India Art Fair, Aicon Gallery Booth B-3, New Delhi, India

2012                      Phantom of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S.

                                Band Baaja Baarat, IVS Gallery, Dubai Art Fair, Dubai, UAE

                                Indian Art Summit, New Delhi, India

                                Mein – the Artist and the Self, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2011                     Reprise, Aicon Gallery, New York, U.S.

                                Asia Triennial Manchester 11, Manchester Cathedral, U.K.

                                Home Spun, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India

Group Show, Drawing Room Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Mad in Karachi 3D, Art Chowk Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2010                     Rising Tide, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan

                                In Defisa, Fondazione 107, Torino, Itlay

                                Svelando l’Utopia, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy

                                Resemble Reassemble, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India

2009                     Failing States: Recent works by Tazeen Qayyum, Aicon Gallery, London, U.K.

                                Steel Life, La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York, U.S.

The Emperor’s New Clothes: Dress, Politics and Identity in Contemporary Pakistani Art, Talwar Gallery, New York, U.S.

Signs taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon, London , U.K.

2008                     Farida Batool, Adeela Suleman and Tazeen Qayyum, Aicon Gallery, New York

Tradition, Technique, Technology – II; Contemporary artists from Pakistan

Featuring Farida Batool, Ayaz Jokhio and Adeela Suleman, Aicon, Palo Alto, U.S.

Video Loop 08’, Barcelona, Spain

Fiera Internazionale d'Arte Contemparanea International Exhibition of Contemporary Art-Bologna, Italy

Women of Light, Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin, Germany

2007                     Preview Berlin, The emerging art fair, Berlin, Germany

An Intensity of Space & Substance, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

Love, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan

Articulating the Subtext, Alliance Francaise, Karachi, Pakistan

2006                     Flights of Fancy, Royaat Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Body, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

Calligraphy, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2005                     Urban/Culture, CP Open Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia

Beyond Borders, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

2004                     Spielen mit Geladenem Gewehr (Playing with the loaded gun), Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, Germany

2003                     Twenty-four Shots per second, Kara Film Fest, Karachi, Pakistan

43rd Premio Suzzara, Associazione Galleria Del Premio Suzzara, Italy

Playing with the loaded Gun, Apex Art, New York

Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2002                     Imagined Workshop, Second Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Fukuoka, Japan

2001                     The Thakhti Show, Freer Hall, Karachi, Pakistan

2000                     Art Festival: Urban Voices, Karachi, Pakistan