Rakhshanda Atawar was born and raised in Sialkot. She graduated in Fine Arts from Government College, Lahore, in 1981 and earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts from The Punjab University, Lahore, in 1984. With a portfolio spanning more than three decades, Atawar has shown with both national and international galleries, and has been part of the Taj Mahal Project 2004 in Agra, India. Atawar has served as the Principal at Hunerkada, Lahore, and as Head of the Department at the NCBA & E, Lahore. She has been the Co-Founder & Curator of 39K, Lahore. Currently she lives and works in Lahore.
With a portfolio expanding 3 decades, my latest work is a free hand use of rich colors, the effort guided by emotional outbursts. Unlike my previous works, the latest series is heavily influenced by one considerable factor, having to remain in lockdown during the pandemic, which in my opinion forced me to confront my emotional state and gave way to a relatively uber-dynamic movement on the inside... the work, just the expression.