Rabi Pirzada, a renowned Pakistani artist and former pop singer, is in the news as nobody is interested in buying her painting of Maryam Nawaz. The 36-year-old artist, who is well-known for her calligraphic art, has shared her disappointment on social media. Interestingly, sketches of PTI leader Imran Khan tend to be bought by people right away, whereas nobody is showing interest in painting of Maryam Nawaz.
Despite the comical irony, Pirzada has taken the opportunity to highlight her foundation, the Rabi Pirzada Foundation, which helps deserving people. She urged anyone interested in purchasing her painting to come forward and help her support poor households.
While it is often said that art should be separated from the artist, Pirzada’s experience highlights the challenges that artists face when their personal beliefs and opinions clash with public sentiment. Nonetheless, Pirzada’s paintings continue to be highly regarded in the art circle for their beautiful assimilation of the world around her.