Pakistan is blessed with a number of talented artists, calligraphers and painters. Here are some of the memorable paintings by Pakistani artists that captured the attention of people from all over the world.
Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi is one of the most notable artists of Pakistan. He is known for his paintings, murals and calligraphy all around the world.
In 1960, he was awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Pride of Performance) by the government of Pakistan.
He also painted the ceiling of Frere Hall in Karachi.
2. Abdur Rahman Chughtai
Known as an intellectual and a painter, Abdur Rahman Chughtai created paintings that were unique and distinctive.
He is considered as the first significant modern Muslim artist from South Asia. Abdur Rahman was awarded Pakistan’s Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1960, and the Presidential medal for Pride of Performance in 1968.
3. Ustad Haji Muhammad Sharif
Born in 1889 in East Punjab, Ustad Haji Muhammad Sharif is considered to be the master of miniature paintings.
4. Ahmed Parvez
Ahmed Pervez was a contemporary painter from Rawalpindi whose work gained critical acclaim in a short time.
He received the President’s Medal for Pride of Performance in 1978.
5. Zubeida Agha
Zubeida Agha is the first modern artist of Pakistan. She is also noted to be a talented colorist.
6. Mian Ijaz ul Hassan
Mian Ijaz ul Hassan is not only a painter, but a writer, teacher and a critic as well.
7. Abdul Rahim Nagori
Abdul Rahim Nagori painted pictures that were famous for their socio-political themes.
He founded the department of Fine Arts at the University of Sindh in Jamshoro.
8. Ustad Allah Bux
Ustad Allah Bux is known for his panoramic paintings and fantasy art.
9. Wahab Jaffer
Wahab Jaffer started painting when he was a mere child. He worked and studied art with Ahmed Parvez when he grew up.
10. Salima Hashmi
Salima Hashmi is a renowned Pakistani artist as well as a cultural writer and an anti-nuclear weapon activist.
11. Khadim Ali
Khadim Ali is from Quetta and Kabul who creates miniature and poetic paintings.
He often shows Afghan refugees in his paintings.
12. Ajaz Anwar
Ajaz Anwar is an eminent Pakistani painter who was a teacher at National College of Arts Lahore.
He is known for his watercolor paintings that show the culture and architecture of Lahore.
13. Ghulam Mustafa
Ghulam Mustafa is an artist, painter, calligraphist and a computer graphic designer. He has been created art since 1960s.
14. Anna Molka Ahmed
Anna Molka Ahmed was a well-known Pakistani artist and a ground-breaker of fine arts in the country after its independence.
Pakistan is a fortunate country to be filled with such creative people that continue to make us proud.