MARIA QAMAR | BADLA

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Richard Taittinger Gallery
MARIA QAMAR
BADLA, 2019
Acrylic and ink on canvas
signed on the back
46 x 54 in.

$8,000

PROVENANCE
Consigned to the gallery

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Maria Qamar was born in 1991 in Karachi, Pakistan to an Indian mother and a Bangladeshi father. When she turned 9, her family emigrated to Canada, where Maria grew up and experienced prejudice and bullying against South Asian children in her school, especially in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. She later recalled, "I started going home and drawing comics about these experiences."

Maria started her artistic career five years ago after she was fired from an advertising company and decided to share some of her doodles on Instagram under the name Hatecopy, which indicates her feelings for her former field.

Since 2015, Maria has become an Instagram sensation, creating Bollywood-beautiful women paintings with ironic cartoon speech bubbles that spoke to the trials and tribulations of 21st-century Desi life and the challenges of being a South Asian millennial.

On August 1, 2019, Maria broke into the New York art world with her first U.S. solo exhibition FRAAAANDSHIP! at RICHARD TAITTINGER GALLERY, which received great press acclaimed by New York Times, Forbes, Vice, TimeOut, Artnet News.
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