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). Drawing on feelings of isolation and wonder, Ahmed depicts the experience of identity as it is constructed and re-constructed through the narratives of others. Her intricate, otherworldly visions of fantastical creatures and distant worlds offer a poignant refection on her personal feelings of unfamiliarity during a period of living and working in Tokyo. Ahmed dreams up imaginary worlds in which her characters - often mythical or hybrid creatures - are in some way at odds from their surroundings. The worlds are as beautiful as they are potentially frightening, tackling the complex emotions we might experience in relation to the unknown, such as loneliness, claustrophobia, or liberation and belonging. Ultimately, the viewer is left to interpret the narratives through their own internal experiences and feelings. Her works draw inspiration from traditional Persian and Mughal manuscripts and classical Japanese painting techniques. Solo exhibitions include A Place that Cannot Be, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); 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 Art Dubai with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2020), 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).