Asif Ahmed

Asif Ahmed

Miniature art itself is the subject of discussion in my work. Making of detail drawings and miniatures take a view of historical period in present time. Historical symbolism and figures has been a central theme of my surfaces and connection between the images are as a means to question about the position of traditional art and iconography. Borrowing of imagery from the pages of famous traditional schools and transforming them by juxtaposed, overlapped and rearranged to construct new narratives.

I use a mostly traditional miniature technique often on small or large scales, develop them gradually and put them into new contexts to articulate contemporary issues of traditional art in the modern world.

Visual Artist

b. 1980 Lives & works in Karachi. Pakistan


2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts.

1st Division with Distinction (Miniature Painting)

National College of Arts. Lahore. Pakistan


2003 Merit Scholarship. National College of Arts. Lahore. Pakistan


2004 Ustad Haji Sharif Award in Miniature Painting

National College of Arts. Lahore. Pakistan

Solo Shows.

2018 “From Dawn to Dusk”. Sanat Initiative Gallery. Karachi

2014 “Tradition / Transition”. Canvas Art Gallery. Karachi

2012 “The King must Die”. Curated by Aasim Akhter.Tanzara Gallery. Islamabad

2011 “From the same story”. Chawkandi Art Gallery. Karachi

2008 “Narration and Transformation”. Chawkandi Art Gallery. Karachi

Two Person Shows.

2019 “and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could

not hear the music”. Sanat Initiative Gallery. Karachi

2017 “Silent Conversation”. ArtChowk Gallery. Karachi

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