Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1964, Khalil Chishtee is a visual artist based in New York City. Chishtee holds a MA in studio arts from Sac State, Sacramento, CA. Before moving to States he taught at National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, for ten years. Besides exhibiting his work, Khalil has done public commissions in various cities of Pakistan and now he is involved in several art commissions in NYC by focusing on his “desi aesthetics”.
Khalil intends his art for transformation rather than decoration, diversion or indoctrination. In his view the art is meant to serve for cultivating knowledge of how to be in the world, for going through life. And it can be effective for developing a deeper understanding of your own experiences.
His installations, sculptures, and site-speciﬁc works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2015, Here Today...; For The 50th Anniversary Of The IUCN Red List Of Threatened Species, London, UK 2014, Art Festival Watou, Watou, Belgium, 2014, “Brain Drain”, project for Art 14, London, UK 2014 and Solo Shows: “Trash to Treasure”, Berlin Baku Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2015, “Detritus from exploded stars”, Sanat Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, 2015, “I me and mine.” Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA 2014, “Sparkling truths”, Lahore, Pakistan 2011.