Mala Iqbal (b. 1973, The Bronx, NY)
grew up in a Pakistani-German household in The Bronx where three cultures and four languages intersected. Iqbal’s paintings and works on paper are similarly wide-ranging and polyglot; she draws inspiration from a myriad of visual sources, taking cues from Western landscape painting, Indian miniatures, Japanese ukiyo-e, kitsch, science-fiction book covers, graffiti, cartoons, and things in plain sight. Her practice seeks to add depth and ambiguity to otherwise one-dimensional subjects. Iqbal received her BFA from Columbia University, NY before receiving her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, RI. In 2008, she received a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Iqbal’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as in Australia, China, Europe and India. Her work has been reviewed in various publications including The New York Times, Village Voice, and The New Yorker. Iqbal is based in Queens, NY.