Art in Pakistan: Top Ten Painters of Pakistan

by on November 28, 2011
in Music & Culture in Pakistan

Abdur Rehman Chughtai

Pakistan is the land of creative people. There are many artists in Pakistan whose paintings have made them famous internationally and have earned them a prestigious place in the world of art.

Abdul Rehman Chughtai (1894-1975) developed his own Chughtai style on the pattern of Persian and Mongol Traditional Style. His work is exhibited in many prominent places in the world including royal palaces and his admirers included the great artist Pablo Picasso himself. Apart from his beautiful watercolor masterpieces, Chughtai is also known for the creative set of stamps he painted in 1951 and his publication Murraqa-e-Chughtai in which he has artistically illustrated the sensitive yet strong verses of Ghalib.

Ahmed Pervaiz is another great painter from Pakistan. This modernist painter from Rawalpindi is well known in the world of art. His work was exhibited and highly appreciated by art lovers in the UK and other European countries and in the USA as well. Ahmed Pervaiz started his journey with water colors and towards the end of the journey he had progressed to oil paints.

Sadequain was a genius, a cult figure in the history of Pakistani art. He is famous for his murals and calligraphy. In fact he brought the art of calligraphy into the mainstream of art. His subject was the common man and his struggle which is prominent in his works.

Laila Shahzada is the first Pakistani female artist who captured international attention and has the distinction of being the first ever Pakistani to be honored with the “Keys of New York City”. Her works have been exhibited in major cities of the world.

Also known as the Imam of Art, Ali Imam was a prolific artist who spent his life in promoting art and artists in Pakistan both as an artist and as a teacher. He belonged to the first generation of artists of Pakistan and his unique style was admired and envied by many.

Author MairaS:
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One Response to “Art in Pakistan: Top Ten Painters of Pakistan”
  1. nada majeed says:

    Great list! I agree. One of these mentioned artists, Laila Shahzada recently had a retrospective at Unicorn Gallery showcasing works 60 years old and more. It was on the occasion of her 20th death anniversary a year after the Unicorn Gallery Ghulam Rasul retrospective

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