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Waseem Ahmed

Waseem Ahmed is a Pakistani artist born in Hyderabad, Pakistan, in 1976. He graduated with honors in Miniature Painting from the National College of Arts in Lahore in 2000. Ahmed currently lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. Ahmed hails from the generation of artists who initiated the ‘contemporary miniature movement’ in Pakistan about two decades ago. In Pakistan, the traditional miniature has been a starting point for many contemporary artists who have honored the technique as cultural heritage, while reinterpreting and reinventing it in their own way. Ahmed has distinguished his work by producing creatively incisive images with innovative stylistic and iconographic contributions within a practice that is rigorously traditional, placing him among the most acclaimed contemporary artists of his time. Working in a variety of sizes, Ahmed combines drawing, gouache, pigments, gold and silver leaf on wasli paper, his substrate of choice. At the heart of his imagery lie the human figure and the boundaries that divide humanity in relation to his own historical and social context, and in close connection with the conflict and displacement that tinge our current time. His rich vocabulary of images often refers to mythology or history, both Eastern and Western. Ahmed’s work bridges our cultural heritage and the turbulence of our time. Ahmed has displayed extensively nationally and internationally since 2001. His works have been showcased in Pakistan, USA, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Belgium, Greece, UAE, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan, Australia, Turkey, Lebanon and France. Ahmed has been a part of numerous national and international workshops and residency programs. He has participated in Karachi Biennale 2019, Kathmandu Triennale 2017 and has to his credit a museum show Dahlem Karkhana curated by Martina Stoye at Asian Art Museum, Berlin, Germany. He is also the Nominator for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong since 2017. Since 2008, Ahmed’s works continue to auction at major auction houses and his works feature in the permanent collection of Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and The British Museum.

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