Nasser Azam (British, b.1963) is a Contemporary artist who works in painting and sculpture. Born in Jhelum, Pakistan, Azam moved to London with his parents in 1970. He started painting seriously in 1980, and in the same year began a business degree at the University of Birmingham.
By 1983, his local reputation as an artist had been established through a number of exhibitions in Birmingham and the West Midlands, including at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. That year, he was also featured in a BBC documentary.
Following an extended period living and traveling in Japan, Europe, and America, Azam became Artist-in-Residence at County Hall Gallery, London, in 2007, mounting a major exhibition of early and recent work, including the critically acclaimed Anatomica.
It was at this time he began working with sculpture, and, in February 2008, a monumental bronze, The Dance, was unveiled on London’s South Bank. It was followed in July 2012 by the unveiling of Athena in the London City Airport; at 12 meters, it is the tallest bronze sculpture in the UK.
Azam has developed his painting in a series of projects that reflect his interest in extreme working conditions, as well as painting as performance, from Zero Gravity (Star City, Moscow, 2008), to the freezing ice deserts of Antarctica (2010), where he completed 13 large paintings. A six-meter-high bronze sculpture, Evolutionary Loop 517, was unveiled outside the new research center and library at Aberdeen University in May 2013, a month in which Azam also completed a commission of 25 artworks for Costata, part of the Altamarea Group of restaurants in SoHo, New York. In June 2014, the group acquired 11 works for display at their flagship restaurant, Marea, in Manhattan.
Azam’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Zabludowicz Collection and the Sovereign Arts Foundation.