Anila Quayyum Agha was born in 1965 in Lahore, Pakistan. In 2004 she received an MFA from the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas in the United States. Her work has since been exhibited in more than thirty solo shows and fifty group exhibitions, and she and has won numerous awards and grants.
The artist works in a cross-disciplinary fashion with mixed media, creating artwork that explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media and social and gender roles in our current cultural and global scenario. As a result, her conceptually challenging works produce complicated threads of thought, artistic action and social experience.
Agha has exhibited her work across the globe, including throughout the US – in the 2018 Kansas City Biennial, curated by Dan Cameron; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan; the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; and Dallas Contemporary, Texas – as well as internationally, at the National Museum of Sculpture in Valladolid, Spain, and the Cheongju Craft Biennale in Korea. She has received numerous grants and awards, such as the Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize and the 2018 DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award. In 2014, the artist was awarded both the popular and the juried vote at ArtPrize for her installation Intersections (2018), a first in the history of the Grand Rapids–based art competition.
Her work is in the US collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, as well as in the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, and in national and international corporate and private collections.
She lives and works in the US in Indianapolis, Indiana.