Muhammad Zaman

Legibility vs Readability

artwork by Muhammad Zaman

September 4  – November 1, 2019

Artist Statement

I am an Urban Artist specialized in Arabic calligraphy. Over the years I have developed a personal style that incorporates three different languages that make up my identity: English since I live in the USA, the Bengali, the language of my fatherland, and Arabic which is the language of the religion I belong to. Since childhood, I was always fascinated by languages, lettering, and calligraphy of different parts of the world. Now, as a Muslim in the USA, I see a lot of negativity towards our tradition but I always look for ways to give some positive message to people through my art. My aim is to inspire people to share the same place and learn from each other in harmony and mutual understanding. I am also part of which is an interfaith organization that promotes peace and allows diverse groups of people from all spectrums to come together for the arts. Although my works contain words in three different languages, there is always at least one recognizable word. This makes the audience curious to ask and decode the message, and this led them to a deep connection with my art. Even if I use ancient techniques and universal messages of peace, I keep going trying new shapes and colors to present my art to the world with a modern look. My paintings are mostly acrylic on canvas or wood, but I’m always experimenting with materials and textures.

The show is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Colby Art Fund | For Gallery hours an details please call 716.332.6300