Maha Ahmed (b. 1989 Pakistan) lives and works in Dubai. She completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London on the Caspian Art Foundation Scholarship (2015) and a BFA in Miniature Painting from National College of Arts, Lahore (2012). She has lived and worked in Lahore, London, Tokyo and is currently based in Dubai. She received special commendation for her work by Dentons Art Prize judging panel leading to an acquisition by the David Roberts Art Foundation Collection (DRAF). Ahmed’s most recent work is informed by traditional Persian miniature painting and classical Japanese landscape painting techniques, specifically the Yamato-e style. In this series she uses kumokasumi (clouds and mist in Japanese) as a way of creating negative spaces that depict the intangible boundaries created by the formation of collective narratives that stem from signifiers such as gender and race. Each painting is an immersive imagined world in which the beasts almost disappear in the landscapes in an attempt to fit in, only to find themselves lost and alone. In this series she uses a crane as a starting point, reimagining the rest of the animal to form her majestical creatures. The crane is used to signify hope and good fortune in a seemingly divided world. Solo exhibitions include An Island of Truths, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2019); A Mute Land, Display Gallery, London (2016), A Seed Once Planted, Asia House, London, (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Microcosm III, AAN Gandhara Art Space, Karachi (2019); Art Dubai, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Dubai (2019); River in an Ocean, a collateral event for the inaugural Lahore Biennale (2018); I, too, am a part of this history, Fakir Khana Museum, Lahore (2018), Istanbul Contemporary, Istanbul (2018); BODY, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2017); And the horizon is dying over the tourist, Republic Gallery, London (2017); Dentons Art Prize Shortlist Exhibition for which she received special commendation by the Judging Panel (2017); and Asia house benefit Auction, Asia House, London (2016).