(b. 1971, Pakistan)
MFA, California State University, Fullerton, California
BFA, Indus Valley School Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan
Digital Design Course, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California
Awards and Honors
Lorenzo IL Magnifico Award, XIII Florence Biennale:International Award for New Media in Contemporary Art, Fortezza da Basso, Florence Italy
6th Louisiana National Biennial Award: Possible Impossible Worlds. LATECH School of Art and Design, Louisiana
Michael Tomassoni Artist Accessibility Award, Smithsonian Affiliation: Annmarie Sculpture Garden and
Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland
Shortlisted, Alpine Fellowship Visual Art Prize
Finalist Photography Competition, Dek Unu Magazine, Florida
Phi Kappa Phi, Invitational Member, National Honor Society, USA
Artist's Passion for Art and Culture Recognized. CSUF News
Winner of International Understanding Award, California State University, Fullerton, California
Winner of William G. Pollock Award, California State University, Fullerton, California
Winner of Alberta Lambert Award, California State University, Fullerton, California
Graduate Scholarship Award, California State University, Fullerton, California
Winner of the Prospects for Change Award, California State University, Fullerton, California
Book Scholarship, California State University, Fullerton
Impact Project Grant, California Arts Council Grants, California
Ontario Arts Council Artists Grants, Toronto, Canada
Solo Show and Artist Talk
2023 (Forthcoming) Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2022 Art San Diego 22: Contemporary Art and Design Fair/ Redwood Art, Solo Booth;
San Diego Convention Center, CA
2010 The Synergy of Space, Degree Solo, Leo Freedman Gallery, California State University Fullerton, CA
2009 Refracted Memoirs Solo Show, Artist Talk. Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2023 (Forthcoming) I AM YOU: Individual and Collective Identities in Contemporary Art and Design,
XIV Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
2023 (Forthcoming) Shanghai International Art Fair 3rd Edition. The National Exhibition and Convention Center and Yangtze River Delta International Industries Expo. Government of China, Shanghai, China
2022-2023 Chaffey Museum of Art in collaboration w/Ontario Airport Art Exhibit Terminal 4, California, CA
2022 Beyond the Decorative. Curator Adam Sobolick.Great Park Art Gallery, CA
2022 Art San Diego 22: Contemporary Art and Design Fair/ Redwood Art, Solo Booth Platform;
San Diego Convention Center, CA
2022 FAM’s Mini Masterpieces. Exhibition and Art Auction. Freeport Art Museum, IL
2022 Future Places, Juror: Dr. Julie Wosk. 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lobby Gallery, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
2022 Evenings of the Brain, Leo Freeman Gallery, California State University Fullerton
Curator: The Nguyen, California State University, CA
2022 Watery Wonders. Photography, Juror: Michele McCormick, Sacramento Fine Arts Center,
2022 21st Japan International Art Exchange / The USA Exhibition. Curator: Julienne Johnson, The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan
2022 World Art Day Untitled Virtual Show. UNESCO, IAA/USA-International Association of Art, USA
2022 Adorned: Inspired by Fabric and Fashion. Smithsonian Affiliation: Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Solomons, Maryland. Juror: Scott Andresen, LSU College of Art +Design. Baton Rouge, LA
2022 Drama: Story-Telling in Art. The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California. Curator: Ziying Duan from Orange County Museum of Art, California
2022 6th Louisiana Biennial: Possible Impossible Worlds. National Juried Exhibition. The School of Design Art Gallery, Louisiana Tech University of Design. Juror: Rebecca Hart, Independent Curator and Department Head at Detroit Institute of Arts, Curator and Department Head of the Denver Art Museum
2021 Eternal Feminine/Eternal Change: Concepts of Femininity in Contemporary Art and Design.
XIII Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence,Italy
2021 Viridian's 31st Annual Juried Competition. Juror: Susan Harris, Contemporary Art Critic, The Brooklyn Rail, ARTnews, Art in America. New York, NY
2021 Contemporary Venice, The Secret Garden, Chiesa dell’Abbazia della Misericordia, Misericordia Archives
Cannaregio, Venice, Italy
2021 Reflection, Launch LA, The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles. Juror: Sunook
Park from ANDLAB and Terrell Tilford, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, Los Angeles, California
2021 Borders: Future Landscapes. The Room Contemporary. Italian-German Cultural Association. Venice International Art Fair, Venice, Italy
2021 SMFA Art Show. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Jurors: Katie Block: Director,Curatorial Committee DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. Atsu Gunther, Atsu Gunther Design and Craig Tevolitz at Platemark Design. Hadley Powell at Powell Fine Art Advisory and Former Researcher of Prints at Christie’s.
2021 Anthropocene Epiphany: Art and Climate Change. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Juror, Erika Hirugami, Executive Director of Art Historians of Southern California, California
2016 Featured Cover Art. Orange Coast Review, Book Signing and Art Show. Orange Coast College. Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Costa Mesa, California
2015 Photic Reflections. Leo Freedman Gallery. Curator: The Nguyen, Prof. Printmaking, California State University, Fullerton, California
2014 You Shall be Judged. Leo Freedman Gallery. Curator: The Nguyen, Prof. Printmaking, California State University, Fullerton, California
2011 Art Of Our Century. Kimball Art Center. Juror: Erin Linder, Director of Exhibitions at the UVU Woodbury
Art Museum, UT
2011 Big Draw Little Draw. Abecedarian Gallery. Denver, Colorado. Juror: Dr. Gwen Chanzitat at Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2011 Cathartic Art: Remembering September 11th. West Baton Rouge Museum, Port Allen, Louisiana. Curator: Lauren Davis
2011 48th Annual Juried Competition. Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
2010 Contemporary Art Center, Lines of Confrontation: Calligraphic artwork w/ Saira Wasim. Curator: Justine Ludwig, Cincinnati, OH
2010 Off the Wall. Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California
2010 Made in California. Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California. Curator Grace Kook-Anderson from Laguna Art Museum, California
Art Instruction/ Lecturer
Life Drawing Faculty, California State University Fullerton,California
Mixed Media Painting, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Washington
En plein air Painting, Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Canada
Foundation Program, Drawing, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan
Selected Exhibition Catalogues
Exhibition Catalogue, 21st Japan International Art Exchange / The USA Exhibition,The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan, 2022
Exhibition Catalogue, Eternal Feminine/Eternal Change: Concepts of Femininity in Contemporary Art and
Design, XIII Florence Biennale, Italy 2021
Thames & Hudson Art Reference, History & Theory,“Gateways to Drawing”, Stephen C. P. Gardner.
Brackett, Donald. (Ed.). (2022, May 26). Otherworldly: The haunting icons of Fatima Franks.
Goldner, Liz. (Ed.). (2023 May 30th). Fatima Franks: An Artist with Intuition, Soul and Endless Creativity.
USA Art News: Events and Trends of the United States Arts and Culture
Valdés, C. (Ed.).(2022, May 30). Fatima J. Franks. Widewalls.
LA Times.(Ed.). (2021, July 22). Art that points toward a sustainable future in the middle of a climate crisis. Los Angeles Times. Daily Pilot
Wright, R. (Ed.). (2022,July 7). The Nuances of Femininity and Subverting the Portrayal of Women:
Visionary Art of Fatima Franks. Art and Culture: South Coast Magazine of the California Riviera
Editorial (Ed.).( 2021, Nov 20). Fatima Jamil Franks: Fragmentary essence within threads of a culture.Art Market Magazine for Contemporary Fine Art.
Review, P. (n.d.). Fatima Franks. Pigeon Review. An Art and Literary Journal.
Editorial (Ed.). (2022, June 1st) Art Market Magazine, June 2022 Issue #71. Special Edition | Dedicated Solely to Digital Art, Illustrations, and NFT.
Editorial (Ed.) (2022 June 27th) Artists Interviews. Fatima Franks-mAO. Al-tiba9 Contemporary Art. Al-Tiba9
Walker, Sylvia. (Ed.). (2022,June 14). Artist Spotlight. mAO/Fatima Franks. CAI. Contemporary Art Issue.
Kortrijk, Belgium https://www.contemporaryartissue.com/artists/
Joshi, G. (E.d). Art Seen: The Curator’s Salon Magazine. Issue # August 2022
Editorial (Ed.) (n.d.) Studio Visit Magazine, Published by New American Paintings.
Vol. 51 & 52.
Editorial (Ed.) (n.d.) Floorr Magazine Online and Print. Fatima Franks. Virtual Exh.London
Editorial (Ed.) (2022, Oct 9).L.A.s Most Inspiring Stories:Conversations with Fatima. Voyage L.A.Magazine, CA
Mallinson, Constance. (n.d.) Beyond the Decorative Exhibition. Essay: Constance Mallinson
Wright, R (Ed.). America’s Socio-Political Artist Fatima Franks is Making Waves. Art and Culture:
South Coast Magazine of the California Riviera
Swenson, Eric. (n.d.) Artist Documentary. Fatima Jamil: by EMS Films. by Eric Minh Swenson Art Films*forthcoming
Permanent collection, University of Wyoming Art Museum, USA
Permanent collection, UMMA, University of Michigan Museum of Art,USA
Japan International Art and Cultural Exchange Chairman; Katsu Shimmin,Japan