Saks Afridi is a multi-disciplinary artist. Born in Pakistan and raised in several countries, he now lives and works in New York City.
Saks's art practice is two-fold: Collaborative and Personal. His personal work investigates the predicaments and perplexities of the life of an ‘Insider Outsider’. This is the practice of achieving a sense of belonging while being out of place, finding happiness in a state of temporary permanence, and re-contextualizing existing historical and cultural narratives with the contemporary. His collaborative work tackles issues around human rights, Islamophobia, drone warfare and social justice in general.
Saks comes to art with a background in advertising, as a Creative Director on brands such as Mercedes-Benz and MTV. He studied at the Academy of Art and later sculpture at the Art Students League of New York. He speaks English, Arabic, Urdu and Pashto. A random fact about him. He once also studied Hair and Make Up at the Paul Mitchell Institute. And no, you can't call him Zohan.
Saks is the proud recipient of 2 Gold Cannes Lion Awards, 3 D&AD Pencils, 2 OneShow pencils and a United Nations Award for Peace & Understanding. His work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, CNN and The Colbert Report.
Aicon Gallery, NY - 2017
Whitebox Gallery, NY - 2016, 2017
Salt Arts Festival, Southbank Center, London UK - 2016
Children's Museum of Manhattan - 2016
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Netherlands - 2014
Tate Modern, BP Art Exchange - 2014
Dumbo Art Festival, SAWCC - 2014
Miami Art Basel, The Fridge Art Fair - 2014
The Society of Domestic Museology - 2014
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York City - 2013
The Gartner Gallery, New York City - 2012
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