Muniba Mazari is a 27-year-old artist, activist and motivational speaker. She runs her own brand called “Muniba’s Canvas” and works at a school for underprivileged children. 

Who is Muniba Mazari?

The mother of a four-year-old boy, daughter, sister, artist, motivational speaker, TV host, dreamer and an optimist!

What’s a regular day in the life of Muniba Mazari?

My son wakes me up at 7:00am. So my day starts with Nael and his favourite ‘The Dinosaur Train’ cartoon series. After that, I leave for work, or I paint. I’m blessed to have a super busy life thanks to physiotherapy, art and motherhood.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced being a wheelchair user in Pakistan?

Being a wheelchair user, life wasn’t easy initially. My biggest challenge, or fear, was facing people or a crowd. I fought an unseen battle against this fear for years and conquered it gradually. Today I speak in front of thousands of people. I feel so happy when people know me for who I am or what I’ve accomplished and not because of where I am sitting.

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“When I see my scars I feel strengthened and more determined towards my goals”

Tell us about your journey since the accident?

It’s been seven years now. The accident was an incident which made me realise my hidden potential. It made me what I am today. When I see my scars I feel strengthened and more determined towards my goals. The only dream I had was to tell the world that differently-abled people are not less than anybody. They exist, breathe, live. Most importantly, they dream big! The idea was to glamorise the image of a wheelchair user. I’ve worked hard for it and will keep doing it till my last breath. And I’m so glad that gradually the perception is changing. Now people see you for your abilities without judging you for your ‘disabilities’.

Does your accident reflect in your paintings in any way?

Art is the only medium which helps you to express your hidden pain, fear, joy, depression or hope without uttering a single word. I paint women with big eyes which depicts hope and the idea of dreaming. The accident made me a dreamer and my art is all about women who dream big.

Do you remember your first interaction with art? When did you decide you wanted to become an artist?

My childhood diaries are filled with sketches. But I never thought of being a professional artist. The first painting I made was in the hospital. There I realised that this is my real passion.

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Fakir Studio

Fakir Studio

“The first painting I made was in the hospital”

Tell us a little about your brand “Muniba’s Canvas” and the inspiration behind your art?

Muniba’s Canvas is all about women adorned with traditional ethnic jewels of our country. It’s about life, bright colours and women who are yearning for hope and freedom. The tag line of Muniba’s Canvas is “Let your walls wear Colours.” That says it all.

People usually ask me why I only paint women. I think being a woman, womanhood is the subject I know best!

You have a very gifted voice. Ever thought about pursuing a career in singing?

Music is food for the soul. I feel it’s my responsibility to revive Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Iqbal as well as beautiful national songs by other poets. I want my son to be able to sing Faiz. So if I ever pursue singing as career, my wish is to sing these legendary poets.

What advice would You give to the people reading this?

My story revolves around hope and determination. There’s no shortcut to success. The harder you work the luckier you get. We all have been sent to this world for a purpose. If you still don’t know what that purpose is, then  remember, a life without purpose is pointless! Live, laugh, love and share. That’s the key to happiness.

Photography I Fakir Studio 

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