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Niaz Kausar is a Muslim, Pakistani American, in that order.

Born in Pakistan but raised in the Chicagoland area her whole life.

Niaz’s work features narratives in bright vibrant colors, patterns and mixed mediums.

Niaz was raised in the US by her adoptive parents and is inspired by her circumstance. She is proud of her identity and tries to connect with her birth country through her art.

"My work features narratives and conversations about what it means to have a Pakistani identity outside of Pakistan. I am interested in language and translation and am inspired by political figures and poets who speak about the struggle against oppression, specifically in Pakistan, but also in America and the rest of the world. I consider myself a painter but i create many pieces out of fabric, combining textiles with painting, printmaking and embellishment.”