Alia Bilgrami is a Pakistani-Canadian visual artist and curator, who is currently based in the Netherlands. Her contemporary miniature paintings are often combined with analogue photography techniques such as solar plate etchings, photo emulsion and cyanotype prints. The tulip has become a personal symbol in her art that stems from its fascinating history. Working with the notion of displacement for over a decade, her artwork often expresses a duality – the simultaneous feeling of belonging and of being scattered – that translocation can bring. Bilgrami graduated with a BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, in 2007, and completed her MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK, in 2010. In 2008, she was awarded a curatorial research internship at the Freer & Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.
Her work has been shown in many local and international exhibitions – most recently her paintings were part of the Accessible Art Fair, Brussels first online exhibition (2020) as well as an auction by ACAF at Catawiki (2021). One of her paintings won the Sovereign Asian Public Vote Prize, Hong Kong (2015). While she was at Central Saint Martins, her siyah qalam tulip won the Cecil Collins Memorial Award for Drawing, London (2010).