Laila Shahzada was born at Little Hampton, England in 1926. She studied with the Royal Drawing Society, London in 1945-46. Her first solo exhibition was held at the Arts Council, Karachi in 1960. In her quest for a style novel and modern, she pursued the subject of driftwood, which she painted in writhing and torturous forms. Then her attention was drawn to the ruins and relics of the Indus Valley Civilization. She produced a series of paintings in which she brought to life various aspects of this long lost civilization using its surviving artifacts. An exhibition of these paintings was held at Karachi in 1976.Laila Shahzada is one of Pakistan’s most internationally recongised artists. She was one of the first women painters in Pakistan to gain international recognition, with exhibitions around the world, including London, Paris, Tokyo and New York.She was awarded Tamgha-i-Imitiaz in 1984, and is the only Pakistani to have been awarded the “Key to the City” of New York.Most of Laila Shahzada’s paintings went missing in 1994, after the artist died in a gas explosion in her home.

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