Asma Kazi is a mixed media artist currently based in Pune, India. She has worked as an artist professionally, since 2012, and has been commissioned to work on various fine art and commercial art projects in this time. Her artwork currently resides with collectors around the world, including Sheikha Nawar Al Qassimi of the Sharjah Art Foundation. Some of her commercial art projects include artwork created for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hachette Books, Zee TV and Hoshruba Repertory.
Before 2012 her curriculum vitae did not include art, and mainly read – CRMS, Zoology, Marketing, Software Engineer, Process Management, Direct Marketing Campaigns, Business Strategy, Analytics, Real Estate, Six Sigma, Green Belt. Asma has a BSc In Zoology, a diploma in software engineering, and a MBA in marketing. She has a Six Sigma green belt, and worked in analytics while at GE card services, Bangalore. She has also worked on tenant strategies & solutions while at Cushman & Wakefield, Bombay.
Asma creates her art under the label, Kaleidodrama – A play on the words Kaleidoscope and drama, it is Asma’s view of her ever enchanted world – One of connecting the dots, reconnecting them. Mixed hues. Painted walls. Monochrome. Tall stories. Flawed ones. Lopsided and Loud ones. Colored. And Charmed. They are Stories that stay. Her work is a happy assemblage of abstract imaginary ecosystems, peacocks, butterflies and brightly hued faces. The colours in her work are vibrant, giving one a sense of festivity and of being in a carnival.
Asma’s mode of expression in her constantly evolving work swings from abstract expressionism, figurative themes, to pop art, and repetitive illustrative patterns. Her work has a touch of whimsy, is hyperactive, and brings together seemingly abstract elements in a state of cohesiveness. She sometimes draws her inspiration from imaginary biomorphic forms, and the other times dwelling in the abstract of alien landscapes and the chaos theory. The extensive use of textures and repeating patterns in her work, are like a glitch, like patina, giving multidimensionality to the art. The repetitions are sometimes calming, quirky & playful the other times, always giving a sense of order in the chaos. Some of her artworks seem to have grown complex personalities of their own, evolving year after year, as she adds new detail to them, creating a new story over a story, resulting in art that is rich with emotion and texture.
Asma’s work is evocative, playful, influenced by tales from her childhood, and inspirations drawn from following the breadcrumb trail of the everyday. It is a celebration of the ever evolving, and ever enchanted in life, alongside beautiful dilapidation. It is a celebration of the candy hued, whimsical and the resilient.
Thanks for following up so quickly! You're a pro. Looking forward to seeing more of your work around here (On HitRecord). || This is great! I was picturing it with us standing outside the theater, but this is so so so much more powerful! Excellent choice! ( Referring to the story Panel Illustration) BRAVO!!
Asma Kazi's portraits are haunting. Once your eyes fall on them, you can't take them off. Those portraits drew me in till one day I was collaborating with her to draw the posters for our theatre company The Hoshruba Repertory's new play "Ek Punjab Ye Bhi", which were equally haunting. She is a rare artist.
The Frozen diptych came to me as a birthday present. I had been admiring them, and then saw them get sold on your page. My heart sank. How do you think I felt, when a week later, I opened a package, to find it was for me? Happy Happy me. 🙂
I don't remember how I stumbled upon Asma's paintings but I do remember it was on Facebook and Cinque Terre was the first one I saw and loved. It was literally love at first sight. And I emailed her immediately. Well, from then to now, five of her beautiful artworks adorn my walls and I love them. 🙂
Summer is such a beautiful name (for the art) & as it is my favourite season of the year, it suits the work splendidly! I remember the sense of freedom and escape I felt when I first saw the doodle, and your Summer is going to remind me of just that. It is going to be my reward and gift for finally getting the job I've always wanted to do. I was going to get myself a ring with my birthstone on it (aquamarine) with my first salary, but I think your artwork is better & I am going to always keep it where my eyes will fall on it - to remind me of what I am capable of.Thank you again and again for this preciousness. I can't believe it's mine to cherish.
"My sister was very pleasantly surprised to receive the artworks. Here is what she says- Thank you for making my birthday and life so exciting again."
I am writing this with great pleasure to talk about my association with Asma Kazi as an artist. I encountered Asma's magical work on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her world of surreal and enchanting charm. When it was time to look for a suitable artist for my book cover Asma was my first and last choice. I needed someone who could not only understand the strangeness of the worlds I had created but also capture the essence of it. I am delighted to emphasise that Asma's art for my book Dark Things has surpassed even my wildest expectations. She has infused her gentle yet whimsical and enchanting vision in it. I was also floored by her willingness to collaborate and exchange ideas.