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Famous Artists from Pakistan

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List of the most popular artists from Pakistan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Pakistani artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Pakistani artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Artists on this list include Syed Abdul Mujeeb and Sadequain.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Pakistan?" and "Who are the most well-known Pakistani artists?"

For further information on these historic Pakistani artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Pakistani artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    Anna Molka Ahmed was a famous Pakistani artist and pioneer of fine arts in the country after its independence in 1947. She was a professor of fine arts at the University of the Punjab in Lahore. Anna Molka's father, painted in 1950 by Anna Molkamore

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    • Artworks: Heaven, Evening garden party, Portrait of Sufi Waqar, Midday rest, A Sindhi woman and child near Thatta, + more
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Poland, Pakistan, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Ayesha Omer is a Pakistani actress, model and singer. She is known for her role as Khoobsurat in Bulbulay, Natasha in Ladies Park, Sara in Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Arzoo in Tanhai and Aleena in Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai. In 2012, she released her first single Chalte Chalte and Khamoshi which, although a ...more

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    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Raghu Rai is an Indian photographer and photojournalist. He was a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who appointed Rai, then a young photojournalist, to Magnum Photos in 1977. Cartier-Bresson co-founded Magnum Photos. Rai became a photographer in 1965, and a year later joined the staff of The Statesman, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Jhang, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
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    Anwar Shemza

    Anwar Jalal Shemza was an artist and writer active in Pakistan and later the United Kingdom. Despite being better known as an artist, Shemza published several Urdu novels and books of poetry in the 1950s and wrote plays performed on Radio Pakistan. Shemza was initially influenced by Modernism most ...more

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    • Birthplace: Shimla, India
    • Nationality: Pakistan, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jamal Shah is a Pakistani actor, director, painter, and a social worker. He was born in 1956 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. In 1992 Jamal made his acting debut in K2, directed by Franc Roddam.more

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    • Artworks: Situation 1, Situation, Situation 2
    • Birthplace: Quetta, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Meesha Shafi, is a Pakistani actress, model and a singer who has appeared in Pakistani, Hollywood and Bollywood films. Shafi made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 Mira Nair's Hollywood film The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was moderately successful at the box office. Her portrayal of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
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    Shahzia Sikander is a Pakistani artist who works in drawing, painting, animation, large-scale installation, performance and video, on an international stage.more

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    • Artworks: Anchor, Fleshy weapons, Seven beautiful daughters of Sethi, Plush Blush 2, Wings, + more
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan, United States of America
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    Anwar Maqsood Hameedi commonly known as Anwar Maqsood is a Pakistani scriptwriter, television host, satirist, humorist, and infrequent actor. He is well known for his artists write ups for Pakistan Television Corporation in late 1970s.more

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    • Birthplace: Hyderabad State
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Zainul Abedin was a Bangladeshi painter. He got the break through in 1944 with his Famine Series paintings of 1943. After partition he moved to Pakistan; and finally when Bangladesh was created in 1971, he was rightly considered the founding father of Bangladeshi art. He was an artist of exceptional ...more

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    • Birthplace: Kishoreganj District, Bangladesh
    • Nationality: Bangladesh, Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Sadequain
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    Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, also often referred to as Sadequain Naqqash, was a world-renowned Pakistani artist, best known for his skills as a calligrapher and a painter. He is considered as one of the finest painters and calligraphers Pakistan has ...more

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    • Artworks: Quest of Knowledge, The Last Supper, Iqbal, Sureh-e-Rehman, Hope, + more
    • Birthplace: Amroha, India
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Mural, Painting
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    Ismail Gulgee – The Gulgeez Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, was an award-winning, globally famous Pakistani artist born in Peshawar. He was a qualified engineer in the US and self-taught abstract painter and portrait painter. Before 1959, as portraitist, he painted the entire ...more

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    • Artworks: Vespers I, Untitled (The most merciful, the most compassionate), Al Muhsi, In The Remembrance Of God Do Hearts Findsatisfaction, + more
    • Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Hameed Sheikh is an actor and producer from Pakistan. He is known for his major roles in Khuda Kay Liye, Operation O21 and Moor. In 2001 he worked for CNN as a free lance producer, cameraman, and translator.more

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    • Birthplace: Quetta, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
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    Ahmed Parvez was a modernist painter from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He was a member of The Lahore Group in Pakistan and founder of the Pakistan Group in London. He was also among the few early modernists of Pakistani origin to have garnered considerable critical acclaim, with solo exhibitions at the New ...more

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    • Artworks: The final flourish of an image, Abstract with red and white, The image makers, Spatial rhythm, Abstract forms, + more
    • Birthplace: Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Abdur Rahman Chughtai
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    Abdur Rahman Chughtai was a painter and intellectual from Pakistan, who created his own unique, distinctive painting style influenced by Mughal art, miniature painting, Art Nouveau and Islamic art traditions. He is considered 'the first significant modern Muslim artist from South Asia', and the national ...more

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    • Artworks: Pride Of The East, Sleeping Girl with Book, Lonely Lady, Sunder, Jahanghir and Empress Noor Jahan, + more
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Asim Butt was a Pakistani painter and sculptor, with an interest in graffiti and printmaking. He was also a member of the Stuckism International art movement and founder of The Karachi Stuckists.more

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    • Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
    • Associated periods or movements: Stuckism
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting
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    Salima Hashmi
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    Salima Hashmi is an acclaimed Pakistani artist, cultural writer, painter and an anti-nuclear weapon activist. She has served for four years as professor and the head of the National College of Arts. She is the eldest daughter of one of Pakistan's most renowned poets, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and the ...more

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    • Artworks: The Long Wait, Rain 1, Zones of Dreams, Absent Gods, Rain 2, + more
    • Birthplace: India
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Tapu Javeri
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    Tapu Javeri is an award winning Pakistani fashion and art photographer, radio host and jewellery designer. He works as a Freelance photographer and was the photo editor of the Xtra magazine. He designs handbags, T-shirts and scarves for his own label "Tapulicious". He has also designed T-shirts for the ...more

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    • Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
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    Syed Abdul Mujeeb

    Syed Abdul Mujeeb
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    Syed Abdul Mujeeb was a medical scientist of standing in the field of Microbiology. He was awarded the "Pride of Performance" by the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf at an investiture ceremony on the Pakistan Day, on 23 March 2008.more

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    • Birthplace: Shikarpur, Pakistan
    • Nationality: Pakistan
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    Eqbal Mehdi, PP was a Pakistani painter. He is famous for his line etching drawings.more

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    • Artworks: Bridal Lady, Thatta (Pakistan), Dancing Horse, French Lady Standing, Arab Caravan, + more
    • Birthplace: India
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Jamil Naqsh

    Jamil Naqsh is a Pakistani painter currently lives a reclusive life in London. He briefly studied at National College of Arts but left before obtaining a degree. His work is very idealized and sensual.more

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    • Artworks: Dreaming of Pigeons, Female nude with horse, Women & Pigeon, Homage to Picasso, Mother and child, + more
    • Birthplace: Kairana, India
    • Nationality: Pakistan
    • Art Forms: Painting
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