Artist Name

Rafia Usmani

Artwork Description

This artwork is an amalgamation of modern style of painting with classic technique of silver leaf usage with gold flakes to give it an antique look  with colour tones of cyan and aqua in gradients  as background and contrasting foreground .Main inspiration is taken from elements of architecture and combined with angular  Kufic script with repeated verse in background in linear form. I believe that traditional calligraphy with its finesse and rules can be  designed using modern elements and that’s what I try to achieve in my artwork.

Artwork Medium

Mixed Medium (acrylics and gold leaf ) on Canvas


20″ x 20″ – Framed

Availability: 1 in stock

Artist Name: Rafia Usmani

Artist Bio

My name is Rafia Usmani I am a graphic designer and Calligrapher. My work is in Kufic and Naskh script and I design my paintings by incorporating these two scripts with traditional elements and illumination in modern compositions. I have a master’s degree in Fine arts with Calligraphy as a major from Pakistan I started learning and practicing calligraphy as a student and found inspiration in traditional script and later pursue it as a career there by designing calligraphy paintings and Arabic calligraphy logos and signatures. I have designed several logos and signatures for professionals and wedding invitations. My work has been displayed in 13 Exhibitions from 2019 till 2014 including twice in Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah (UAE) in (2012) and (2014) I have received medals and accolades for my work .But unfortunately after moving to US in 2014 I hadn’t had the chance to work so actively or establish myself as a calligrapher. Previously I have worked on couple of commissioned works and logos and was immensely pleased to be a part of Islamic arts Festival 2020 and later Muhammad competition . I believe that  traditional calligraphy with its elegance and  beauty within its rules can be  designed using modern elements  and that’s what  I as an artist try to acheive  in my artworks.  I am really happy that Islamic Arts society is providing a platform for artist to display work on such reputable level I will be absolutely gratified to be a part of this auspicious event again this year in 2021.


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