Samya Arif – OCEÁ is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer who has also been a part of the Karachi based electronic music collective, Forever South. A graduate of the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in communication Design, her practice focuses on observations of social and cultural paradigms from a female’s perspective, embodying womxn and the spaces they inhabit. She has been a regular illustrator at Pakistan’s Herald magazine, and her work has been exhibited in Pakistan, India, UAE, England, US, Belgium, Spain and Canada. As an artist, designer and DJ, Samya has been featured in The New York Times, the BBC, Vice, CBC, The Fader and Pitchfork. She has collaborated on several international projects such as the Mumbai based Taxi Fabric, where her designs were featured in the British band Coldplay’s video. Her clients include Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Al Jazeera, NPR and Google. Samya lives and works in Karachi, and she is a part-time professor at her alma mater.
At the May 28, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Samya will be the Featured Artist. More about the event is here: friday-may-28-2021/
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.