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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?"

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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 Molka ...more

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 Omar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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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 commercial success in Pakistan, was met with a mixed reaction from critics. Omar went on to win Lux Style Award for Best Album. ...more

Birthplace: Rawalpindi, 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, a New Delhi publication. In 1976, he left the paper and became a freelance photographer. From 1982 until 1992, Rai was the director of photography for India Today. He has served on the jury for World Press Photo from 1990 to 1997. He is known for his books, Raghu Rai's India: Reflections in Colour and Reflections in Black and White. ...more

Birthplace: Jhang, 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 notably Paul Klee although later works also showed a traditional Islamic influence. He was also an accomplished printmaker, having his work exhibited at the International Print Biennial in Tokyo. ...more

Birthplace: Shimla, India

Nationality: Pakistan, United Kingdom

Art Forms: Painting