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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.

Anna Molka Ahmed is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Heaven, Evening garden party, Portrait of Sufi Waqar 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. ...more

Ayesha Omar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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 ...more

Raghu Rai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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. ...more

Anwar Shemza is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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 ...more

Jamal Shah is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Situation 1, Situation, Situation 2 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

Meesha Shafi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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 ...more

Shahzia Sikander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Anchor, Fleshy weapons, Seven beautiful daughters of Sethi Shahzia Sikander is a Pakistani artist who works in drawing, painting, animation, large-scale installation, performance and video, on an international stage.

Anwar Maqsood Hameedi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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 ...more

Zainul Abedin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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 ...more

Sadequain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Quest of Knowledge, The Last Supper, Iqbal 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 ...more

Ismail Gulgee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Vespers I, Untitled (The most merciful, the most compassionate) 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 ...more

Hameed Sheikh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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, ...more

Ahmed Pervez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
The final flourish of an image, Abstract with red and white, The image makers 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 ...more

Abdur Rahman Chughtai is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Pride Of The East, Sleeping Girl with Book, Lonely Lady 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 ...more

Asim Butt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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

Salima Hashmi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
The Long Wait, Rain 1, Zones of Dreams 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 ...more

Tapu Javeri is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
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 ...more

Syed Abdul Mujeeb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Syed Abdul Mujeeb 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 ...more

Eqbal Mehdi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Bridal Lady, Thatta (Pakistan), Dancing Horse Eqbal Mehdi, PP was a Pakistani painter. He is famous for his line etching drawings.

Jamil Naqsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Jamil Naqsh Dreaming of Pigeons, Female nude with horse, Women & Pigeon 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 ...more

Lubna Agha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Lubna Agha Star 4, Incense Burner, Black Window Lubna Agha was an American artist of Pakistani descent living in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her art invokes a dialogue between the modern-abstract and traditional forms and practices of Islamic ...more

Ajaz Anwar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Golden Mosque, Chitta Darwaza, Kanji Wala Ajaz Anwar [ Urdu: اعجاز انور ] is a distinguished painter of Pakistan. He was a teacher at National College of Arts Lahore. His watercolour paintings show the grandeur of the old buildings and ...more

Afsar Madad Naqvi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Syed Afsar Madad Naqvi, was one of the twentieth century's great sculptors. He is best known for his pure realistic monumental sculptures which can be seen in many places around the country. ...more

Ghulam Farid Sabri is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Ghulam Farid Sabri Ghulam Farid Sabri was a major Qawwali singer, and a leading member of the Sabri Brothers, a leading qawwali group.

Shakir Ali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Shakir Ali Shakir Ali [ Urdu: شاکر على 1975–1914] was an influential modern Pakistani artist and art teacher. He was the principal of the National College of Arts in Lahore. He joined Mayo School of Art as ...more

Zahoor ul Akhlaq is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Zahoor ul Akhlaq Zahoor ul Akhlaq was a pioneering artist from Pakistan. He is known for his approach to painting, sculpture, design and architecture, as well as his teaching at the NCA in Lahore.

Laila Shahzada is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Laila Shahzada The Rage, Mother goddess of Mohenjodaro, Rhythm Laila Shahzada was one of Pakistan's most internationally renowned artists. She was of the first women painters in Pakistan to gain international recognition, with exhibitions around the world ...more

Samina Quraeshi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Samina Quraeshi Samina Quraeshi is an award-winning educator, designer, artist and author.

Esther Rahim is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Esther Rahim Esther Rahim, also known as Esmet Rahim, was a significant Pakistani painter.

Faisal Qureshi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Faisal Qureshi is a Pakistani entrepreneur, electrical engineer, and founder and chairperson of the non-profit organization Loose Ends Pakistan. He is also the anchorperson of several TV talk ...more

Askari Mian Irani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Askari Mian Irani Askari Mian Irani was a Pakistani painter.

Pathanay Khan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Pathanay Khan Pathanay Khan was a great Seraiki folk singer from Pakistan. He sang mostly Kafis or Ghazals, usually drawing on the Sufi poetry of Khwaja Ghulam Farid and Shah Hussain. He was born in 1926 in ...more

Saira Wasim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Saira Wasim is a noted contemporary artist from Lahore, Pakistan. She currently lives in United States. Wasim uses the miniature style of painting, pioneered by the Persians but extensively used ...more

Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari was a distinguished Urdu broadcaster and first director-general of Radio Pakistan.

Zaigham Zaidi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from Pakistan
Zaigham Zaidi Syed Zaigham Hussain Zaidi was a Pakistani photographer. He made his mark working with the Daily Jang in Rawalpindi and later with the Pakistan Times and daily Musawat. He was also the personal ...more