Shehzar Abro b. 1997

I’m Shehzar Abro, a Pakistani visual artist, professional 3D animator, and educator based in Canada. My work spans nearly a decade of image-making and storytelling, featuring animation, drawings, paintings, murals, curated solo and group art shows, and artistic collaborations with leading global brands, animation studios, educational institutions, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Driven by curiosity and a passion for observing and documenting people and the world we live in, my personal and professional work is an emotional response to individuals, surroundings, and stimuli. Reacting to an underlying impulse, I am serving a human need to express myself, share stories, and be part of something bigger than myself. I focus on stories that amplify the individual voices of underrepresented communities globally, discovering my personal identity and culture in the process. In my drawings, paintings, and animations, I aim to capture the essence of my subjects through movement, performance, color, light, shapes, and form. My artistic exploration centers on the transformation of the aura of cultural icons and symbols in the digital age, examining their interpretations across various media, time, and space.

I’ve lent my skills to various projects, including notable works such as TV series "Sausage Party: Foodtopia" (Bardel Entertainment) and "Mia and Codie" (Relish Studios). My enthusiasm for education has led me to roles such as Studio Technician for Animation at Emily Carr University and Lab Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I’ve crafted courses like "Drawing for Animators" and "Visual Story and Character Development” at Alberta University of the Arts. I directed an animated/live-action short “Now Showing” with support from the Canada Council of the Arts and in collaboration with Fight With A Stick Performance.

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.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Media Arts from University of the Fraser Valley (2022) and diplomas in 3D Animation from Vancouver Film School (2020) and SAE Institute Sydney (2019).




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