Shehzar Abro b. 1997

I am a visual artist and animator, born and raised in Karachi, and currently based in Vancouver. I observe and record the world around me through painting, drawing, performance, and animation.

I am a cog in the attention economy. My intention, at all times while creating art is to tell a story, whether I am trying to entertain, raise an issue, or simply interact with an audience. 

Currently I am working as a 3D Animator on an unannounced TV series for Relish Studios. Previously I was employed at Bardel Entertainment as a 3D Animation Artist on TV Show 'Sausage Party TV: Foodtopia'. At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, I work as a Lab Instructor for various animation courses in the Entertainment Arts Department. I have also developed a "Drawing for Animators" Microcredential course of Alberta University of the Arts. Furthermore, I am associate artist with Fight With A Stick Collective, a transdisciplinary company of artists and associates with an interest in space, perception, and in collaborating with other-than-human materialities.

I have exhibited and painted live in various shows in Vancouver, Karachi, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne. In 2018, I was commissioned by the High Commission of Pakistan in Australia to paint a mural on its façade. In collaboration with the Karachi Biennale in 2019, I introduced an Australian mental health initiative at the NJV School in Karachi. I also curated and exhibited at Impact I and Impact II, which were shown at Movenpick Hotel Karachi Art Gallery and Gallery ArtOne62. In 2018, I organized a Pakistani photography exhibition for Consulate General of Pakistan in Sydney, and assisted in curating Jimmy Engineer’s exhibition at the Willoughby City Council in North Sydney.