• 1985-1988 Masters in Fine Arts (specialization in printmaking), Kyoto National University of Fine Arts and Music, Japan.
  • Studied printmaking at Tomikichiro’s Atelier, Kyoto Japan.
  • Studied papermaking at Kochi Institute of Papermaking, Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan
  • Japanese language training course, Japan Study Centre, Kyoto, Japan.
  • 1984-85   Research student, Department of Design (Kogei Seneii University), Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan.
  • 1994  October - December. Studied preservation and conservation of works on paper, Camberwell College of Arts, London, England.
  • Bachelors in Fine Arts, specialization in oil painting, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan



  • 2004-2005     June 11th – 30th March, Artist-in-Residence, at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Department of Printmaking. Awarded The Japan Foundation Fellowship.
  • 1995      June 15th - 12th Oct: Artist - in - Residence at the Department of Indian and South - East Asian Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum - London - England.


  • British Museum, London, England.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London - England
  • Lahore Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford England.
  • Okinawa Museum of Contemporary Art, Okinawa Japan.



  • 2004  Awarded the Japan Foundation Fellowship.
  • 1996 April - National Excellence Award, ‘7th National Exhibition of Visual Arts Islamabad"
  • 1988 Awarded a distinction for the MFA degree from Kyoto City Art College. Kyoto Japan.
  • 1987 Kyoto Museum Exhibition “ Kyoten” received the “Murasaki Award”, Japan.
  • 1985-1988 Awarded Yoneyama Rotary Scholarship Kyoto, Japan.



  • Founder and present Director of Lahore Arts Foundation Trust (LAFT), an organization which promotes visual and performing arts.


  • 2002-2003     Member Board of Governers, Lahore Arts Councile, Alhamra Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2000-todate    Adjunct Faculty, Department of Fine Arts, M.A Hons Programme, National College of Arts, Lahore.



  • 1999    Prints and paperworks, Yamaso Art Gallery, Kyoto Japan.
  • 1999    Prints and paperworks, Okinawa City Art College, Naha City, Okinawa Japan.
  • 1995    Prints and paperworks, October Gallery London, England.
  • 1991    Woodblock prints and paperworks, Gallery Chawkandi, Karachi, Pakistan.
  • 1991    Woodblock prints and paperworks, Lahore Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 1990    Paperworks, Gallery Beni, Kyoto, Japan.
  • 1988    Paperworks, Gallery Beni, Kyoto, Japan.
  • 1988    The Foreign Correspondents Club, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1987    Woodblock prints, “Interlinked Rhythms”, Gallery Space 21, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1985    Woodblock prints, Nairang Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1986    Woodblock prints, Gallery Beni, Kyoto, Japan.



  • 2011 Oct  "Faiz Art Prize" exhibition organized by Nukta.Art, Gallery Sadequain Karachi, Pakistan.
  • 2008-2011    Exhibitions organized by Punjab Artists Association, Alhamra Arts Councilahre, Pakistan.
  • 2007 26th August- Participated in the inaugural exhibition and opening of the National Art Gallery Islamabad.
  • 1990-2003 Exhibition organized by Punjab Artists Association, Alhamra Arts Council Lahore, Pakistan.
  • 2000 Pakistan: Another Vision – 50 years of painting and sculpture – Brunei Gallery, London, England.
  • August - “50 years of Pakistan - A celebration of art”. Art Connoisseur Gallery, London, England.
  • 1997 April-September “India and Pakistan: Contemporary Prints” Victoria and Albert Museum London, England.
  • 1996 April - ‘ 7th National Exhibition of Visual Arts 96’,. Islamabad Pakistan.
  • 1995 April - Group Show and Workshop organized by Alliance Francaise in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the Arts. Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 1995 May June - UNESCO Place de Fontenoy, Paris France. “An Intelligent Rebellion Women   Artists of Pakistan.” Group Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, Paperworks & Sculpture.
  • 1994  October - “Women Artists  of Pakistan - An Intelligent Rebellion” - at the                      Cartwright Hall,   Bradford Museum - England.
  • 1994 “A Selection of Contemporary Paintings from Pakistan” at the Pacific Asia Museum, California, USA.
  • 1988 Kyoto Museum Exhibition ‘Kyoten’ Japan.



  • Ali Salwat – Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millennium. 2008
  • Hashmi Salima – Unveiling the Visible, Lives and Works of women artists of Pakistan. 2002
  • Mitter Partha – Indian Art (Oxford History of Art). 2001
  • Wilcox Timothy, editor, “Pakistan Another Vision, Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture from Pakistan”. Catalogue – Published on the occasion of the exhibition, “Pakistan Another Vision” Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, London England – 12th April 2000
  • Naqvi Akbar- Image and Identity. Fifty Years of Painting and Scculpture in Pakistan. 1998
  • Nima Poovaya-Smith, and Hashmi Salima. An Intelligent Rebellion: Women Artists of Pakistan. Exhibition Catalogue. Bradford, England: City of Bradford Metropolitan Council 1996.
  • Sirhandi Marcella. A Selection of Contemporary Paintings from Pakistan. Exhibition Catalogue. Pasadena, California: Pacific Asia Museum. 1994



  • 2007  Yousaf Ilona – Alhamra literary review. “Interview with an artist: Saba Husain”
    Issue 2 – Spring
  • 2003   Ali Salwat “If Music Be The Food of Love” Dawn Gallery. Oct 25th 2003
  • 2001   National Art Collections Fund website - online database. The online database includes
    'Zard Paton Ka Ban'. Collection Bradford Museum. Website -
  • 1995    Arts and the Islamic World, p.102.1994
  • 1995    Mitter Partha – “The Right Note” The Herald, September 1995. Volume 26
  • 1994    Pakistan: 50 years. An Art Retrospective. CD-ROM by ABN-AMRO Bank.
  • 1994    Printmaking Today, p.12. A quarterly journal of contemporary international printmaking
  • 1991    Balchin Cassandra – “The Japanese Touch” The Herald, April 1991. Volume 22
  • 1991    The Art Quarterly of the National Art Collections Fund, by Marina Vaizey and Norbert  Lynton, p.18.
  • 1987    Shibao Tomoko – “Interview with Sabah Husain” Unesco Magazine, Japan. No.178,1987.6.15