Saba Qizilbash was born in Lahore and raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has a BFA in painting from the National College of Arts, Pakistan, a Master’s degree in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, USA, and an MFA from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.
Saba’s work has been showcased in Dubai, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Lahore, and Karachi including solo shows at 1x1 Gallery (Dubai), Koel Gallery (Karachi), Aicon Gallery NYC, and Rohtas II Gallery (Lahore). She has also exhibited in numerous group shows in locations across the UAE and abroad.
In 2017 Qizilbash was commissioned by UAE Unlimited and her works are now in the collection of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. The same year she received the Campus Art Dubai Grant. Qizilbash has been a finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize from 2017-2020, a member of Campus Art Dubai from 2014-2016, and was an artist-in-residence at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Oregon) from 2000-2001. She has also designed a number of community art workshops in Dubai, Lahore, New Delhi, and Providence. In 2018 Qizilbash was awarded the prestigious Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF) in partnership with Rhode Island School of Design. In 2020 she was the recipient of the Vogue Hong Kong Woman Artist award. Most recently in 2022 she was awarded the UC Berkeley South Asian Artist Award.
She works and lives weaving her way through many borders but mostly in Dubai, UAE.