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Behind the Brush

Umbreen Ahmad is a Muslim-American abstract artist. She grew up in Pakistan and moved to Houston, Texas at a young age. At nineteen, a serendipitous decision led her to start painting. In 2002 new beginnings brought her to Austin, where she continued to paint and started a family. After fifteen years of creative expressions through paint and texture, she participated in her first art show during the West Austin Studio Tour and has continued to show in various art exhibitions since then.

Umbreen finds inspiration in nature and the grand adventure we call life. The constant reminder that we are a small speck of creation in a vast, beautiful world that comes in many colors is simultaneously humbling and inspiring. 


For Umbreen it is also a reminder that regardless of the distance in time, space and culture, we are connected by the very simple, yet powerful emotions we feel, no matter how vast an ocean or wall stands between us, abstract expression allows her to illustrate just this. She leans on colors and texture using oils and mixed media to honor the highs and lows of diverse emotions that are sometimes hers and others she stands witness to.


Art gives her purpose and centers her core. A form of mediation that enables her to make sense of her thoughts and find ways to cherish moments and memories that are several shades of life, yet through art infinitely peaceful. 


She is elated to call Austin her home, a city alive with color, culture, compassion and those much needed vibes helping us Keep Austin Weird.  She credits her children, family and her tribe of friends for many things, but more so for motivating her in her art and other expressions of life. 

Art Shows and Exhibitions

2015 - WEST Austin Studio Tour

2015- TEK Electron Art Show

2016- WEST Austin Studio Tour

2016- Cafe Josie Solo Show

2016- EAST Austin Studio Tour

2017- Pursuit of Happiness Art Show

2017- EAST Austin Studio Tour

2018- atxGALS South Congress Hotel Art Show

2019- WEST Austin Studio Tour

2019- Red Dot Event @ Women And Their Work Gallery

2019- Beyond Borders Show @ Austin Fine Art Gallery

2020 - 21 Presentation @ Slate Gray Gallery Kerrville Texas

2021 - Present - Represented at The Cathedral 

2021 - Red Dot Event @ Women And Their Work Gallery

2022 - Board Member on Women & Their Work Gallery


2017 - Tarrytown living -Print Publication

2019: KXAN (Television) “Artist Spotlight”

2022 - Publication on Stroll Maganazine 

2022 - EASTside Magazine










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