This Pakistani Artist Makes Portraits On Soap. YES, SOAP.

By Haadia Paracha | 14 Sep, 2016

Art, they say, is an expression of everyday life in the most aesthetically pleasing ways and this one Pakistani artist sure knows his way around creativity. Now, I’m no art connoisseur, as much as I want to be but the unusual and eccentric usually catches my eye. The other day, I came across something super cool, albeit a little hard to stomach, for some.


S. M. Raza is a practicing visual artist, drawing instructor and freelance illustrator based in Karachi.

Source: S M Raza Studio practice Via: Facebook


He feels strongly about drawings, illustrations, photography and installations.

Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram
Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram


Raza lent his creative genius to Pakistan’s first animated movie, “3 Bahadur”.

Directed and produced by the internationally acclaimed Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram


While Raza usually expresses himself in the form of drawing gigantic Murals…

Source: S M Raza – studio practice Via: Facebook


And was also behind the tribute mural to Amjad Sabri a few months ago on a wall in Korangi.




He has to his credit, a more experimental piece by the name of  “the soap portrait series” dated 2010.


The portraits are drawn with actual HUMAN HAIR on SOAP.

Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram



Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram


While it sounds a little gross at first, one has to admit this is PRETTY FLIPPIN’ COOL.

“They may seem disgusting but interesting”, the artist is quoted as saying, while discussing the series.

Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram
Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram


“It was not very long-lasting”, Raza expressed to MangoBaaz.

Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram
Source: @sm_raza_ Via: Instagram

“It was just an experiment. I made 6 to 7 soap artworks then stopped”, he added. “I will think of a way to preserve better.”


We’re definitely looking forward to seeing more of Raza in the future (the whackier, the better)

How do you feel about Raza’s particular ‘creative license’? Let us know in the comments below.

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