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Maria Qamar

B. 1991

Maria Qamar (b. 1991, Karachi, Pakistan) is a first-generation Canadian from a traditional South Asian family. She moved to Canada at the age of nine in 2001 and was forced to endure bullying and racism as a young girl in a post 9/11 Toronto. Qamar found her artistic voice through Instagram where her illustrations resonated with the Desi community, particularly the second generation. Art became a means for her to handle realities of being brown and South Asian in an early 2000s North American context. Her work is collected by Mindy Kaling and was featured on The Mindy Project. She is an Instagram sensation and the author of the Trust No Aunty published in 2017. Her artwork has been shown in the AGO in Toronto, Mumbai Comicon, and the Oxo Tower Wharf in London, England. She has been featured on NPR, CBC, HarpersBAZAAR.com, and in The Toronto Star, FLARE Magazine, Bon Apetit and several other publications. Maria currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Announcing Representation of Maria Qamar

Richard Taittinger Gallery is pleased to announce our exclusive United States representation of Maria Qamar. We are thrilled to have hosted her first NYC exhibition FRAAAANDSHIP! which was extremely successful and created great social media interest for both the artist…

The Cut – The Artist Blending Pop Art and Indian Soap Operas

By: Bindu Bansinath August 28, 2019   For South Asian women “Fraaaandship?” is an inside joke, an unwanted solicitation, the sound of strange men creeping into your DMs. “Fraaaandship!” is also the title of Maria Qamar’s art installation at the Richard Taittinger…

Eazel – Learning Hinglish in New York City: An Interview with Maria Qamar

By: Jenna Ferrey August 28, 2019   Maria Qamar’s bright Pop-Art canvases have brough a splash of color to Richard Taittinger Gallery and New York City’s Lower East Side. Qamar’s exhibition FRAAAANDSHIP! explores some of the realities and challenges of gender,…

Artnet News – How Maria Qamar’s Feminist Desi Pop Art Went Viral on Instagram, Charmed Mindy Kaling, and Broke Into the New York Art World

By: Sarah Cascone August 22, 2019   The title of artist Maria Qamar’s first solo show, “Fraaaandship,” comes from a popular pickup line among South Asian men. The Canadian-Pakistani artist—who has become an Instagram sensation for her feminist-tinged, Pop art-influenced riffs…

Fine Art Globe – Interview: Maria Qamar’s Big Reveal

By: Heather Zises August 22, 2019   Currently disrupting the white walls at Richard Taittinger Gallery is Fraaaandship!, Desi-Pop artist Maria Qamar’s inaugural solo show in New York City.  Playful and bright, the exhibition (which runs from August 1 to October 6), features colorful works…

The American Bazaar – Pop artist Maria Qamar’s Solo Exhibition ‘Fraaaandship!’ Captures Quirks and Eccentricities of Growing up Desi

By: Zofeen Maqsood August 15, 2019   If you are a desi girl and have lived in the subcontinent growing up, then chances are that sometime in your life you must have gotten an offer for Fraaandship from a fellow desi guy…

Brown Girl Magazine – Hatecopy on Her Solo Exhibition, ‘FRAAAANDSHIP,’ and its Roaring Success

By: Sandeep Panesar August 13, 2019     Maria Qamar, aka Hatecopy, is hosting hundreds of guests all month long after she unveiled her latest collection titled ‘FRAAAANDSHIP,’ at the Richard Tattinger Gallery in New York City, on August 1,…

VICE – Maria Qamar Refuses to Keep Her Art a Secret Anymore

By: Bettina Makalintal August 19, 2019   The internet has been good for Maria Qamar, the Toronto-based artist known as @hatecopy, giving her not just a platform for art she once did in secret, but also a community of over 176,000…

Time Out New York – The Top Five New York Art Shows This Week

By: Howard Halle August 19, 2019   With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant shows. Time Out New York rounds up the top five art exhibitions of the week, from…

Bedford and Bowery – The Last Little Skips Shows and More Art This Week

By: Cassidy Dawn Graves July 30, 2019   Fraaaandship! Opening Thursday, August 1 at Richard Taittinger Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through September 2. This exhibition marks “desi-pop” artist Maria Qamar’s first solo show in the city, but you…

Forbes – Desi-Pop Artist Maria Qamar Hosts First Solo Show And Shares Her Journey In The Business Of Art

By: Jia Wertz August 16, 2019   Maria Qamar, a Desi-Pop artist who became Instagram-famous for her South Asian art, is hosting her first solo show in New York City at the Richard Taittinger Gallery until September 2nd, a contemporary art gallery that focuses…

New York Times – Maria Qamar’s Bold Art Is Both Therapy and Weapon

By: Alisha Haridasani Gupta August 14, 2019   A 10-foot-tall inflatable red lota, a wall covered with balloons resembling bags of Maggi noodles, and a painting of an angry bindi-wearing woman declaring “Mera jism, mera hathyar!” These works of art at Maria Qamar’s exhibition, “Fraaaandship!,” at Richard…

Kulture Hub – Desi-Pop artist Maria Qamar is reclaiming art space for women of color

By: Lily Darling August 6, 2019   Maria Qamar, better known by her Instagram handle @hatecopy, is a Desi-Pop artist whose art refuses translation. After working as a copy editor (hence the pseudonym), Qamar turned to art as a form of…

Toronto Life – The Provocateur

By: Katrina Onstad April 9, 2018   Maria Qamar, who makes art under the name Hatecopy, sits down to talk wearing fitted track pants and a bodysuit of her own design covered in black skulls. Smack in the center of her…

The Teal Mango – How Hatecopy Took Over 2017

By: Nila Choudhury December 8, 2017   Hatecopy is more than just a dope Instagram page. The illustrator behind the relatable comedic posts, Maria Qamar, has developed a movement with her work. She has brought to life the struggles of…

CBC – Why Maria Qamar turned her art into a guide for girls growing up in South Asian families

By: Olivia Pasquarelli August 3, 2017   Artist Maria Qamar, better known as Hatecopy to her over 100,000 followers on Instagram, began attracting attention in 2015 when she shared her Lichtenstein-inspired drawing of a woman crying over burnt rotis on social media….

The Star – They gave her bad advice. Toronto artist Maria Qamar turned it into a book: ‘Trust No Aunty’

By: Azzura Lalani August 1, 2017   Posing for photos in her downtown apartment, surrounded by her artwork and a pile of yellow books at her feet, Maria Qamar seems effortlessly cool and collected. However, though she shot to popularity…

The Indian Express – Them becomes us: Maria Qamar’s Hatecopy spurs desi sarcasm in hilarious cartoons

By: Shikha Kumar July 30, 2017   When Maria Qamar moved to Canada from Pakistan as a nine-year-old in 2000, the transition was challenging. At her elementary school, she was picked on for her skin color, her accent, and the…

Harper’s BAZAAR – This Pop Artist Wants You to Stop Worrying About Your Looks

By: Susmita Baral June 16, 2016   Growing up in Pakistan, women would routinely apply the skin whitening cream Fair & Lovely to Maria Qamar’s face. With her fair complexion, big brown eyes and shiny hazel hair, she was told it would do…

BBC News – Desi beats: Giving Indian aunties a pop art twist

By: Dhruti Shah November 3, 2015   Maria Qamar’s Instagram account is fast becoming a bookmark for young people from South Asian backgrounds, but what exactly is it about her pop art with a twist that’s now drawing the attention of mainstream…

CBS News – HateCopy, Babbuthepainter Show South Asian Struggle Through Collaborative Art

By: Priya Desai July 14, 2017   Instagram has been good to artists Maria Qamar and Babneet Lakhesar. It’s where the two first interacted, supporting one another before meeting in real life ahead of a 2015 art showcase featuring both…

Brown Girl Magazine – Pakistani Hatecopy Artist Maria Qamar Shares Advice and Vision

By: Nisha Khan January 6, 2016 Remember when your aunt from Pakistan would call every few months and ask if you’re married yet when you were like, 15? Yeah, Maria Qamar does too. She also reminds us how ridiculous desi culture can get when…