Risham Syed received her MA from Royal College of Art, London and BA from National College of Arts, Lahore, where she studied painting and traditional miniature painting.
Syed works in mediums as diverse as drawing, embroidery, painting, weaving and quilting. Her work meditates on modern living at its most ordinary yet refined state. Her art documents changes in urban landscapes and the resultant effects these have on the lifestyle of the inhabitants therein. Syed's practice critically focuses on the remains of cultural/historical inheritance and its perceived authenticity in present-day Pakistan.
In Syed's work, past folds into present through externalization taking the form of objects, which signify or symbolize time and space that is simultaneously intimate and invasive, even violent.
Risham has shown widely nationally and internationally including Fukuoka Triennial, Harris Museum, Preston, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, among others. Risham is the recipient of ABRAAJ Capital Art Prize. She lives and works in Lahore and teaches at Beaconhouse National University. Her works are a part of important public and private collections.