Abdul Rahim Nagori

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Prof. Abdul Rahim Nagori (1939 – 14 January 2011) was a Pakistani painter known for his socio-political themes.[1][2][3] He has held one-man exhibitions since 1958.[4] He taught at the University of Sindh in Jamshoro, Pakistan where he founded and headed the department of Fine Arts.

He was honoured with President's Pride of Performance Award announced on 14 August 2010.[5] He was married to Mehfooza Diwan Nagori.


  • 1982: Anti-militarism and violence exhibition which got censored and banned by the martial law regime.[2][6]
  • 1983: Anti martial law exhibition, sponsored by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).
  • 1986: Anti-dictatorship Exhibition held at Indus Gallery, Karachi. Most powerful exhibition of his career where he exposed 62 different awful national events which shook the conscience of the nation.[7]
  • 1988: Anti-dictatorship Exhibition, "Road to Democracy", held at Indus Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. Reviewed by Mark Fineman of the Los Angeles Times.[8] Painted the evils of society by evolving new alphabet symbols for children, basing them on the events which took place in preceding two years. Bomb blasts, crime, dacoities, guns, heroin, Ojhri, Kalashnikov, rape etc. became new symbols of the alphabet.[7][9]
  • 1990: "I am you" Anti-violence exhibition, large hoarding for display on road side, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, participated by International Artists.
  • 1990: "Women of Myth and Reality" exhibition at Indus Gallery, Karachi. Repudiated the treatment meted out to the women.[7]
  • 1992: Exhibition on minority, held at Chawkhandi Art Gallery, Karachi. A series of 40 paintings was again a process of social and political protest for the mute, bewildered and confused society which finds itself full of tears, shame, anguish and anger.
  • 1994: Exhibition "Black amongst Blacks" held at Lahore Art Gallery, Lahore.
  • 2004: Exhibition "Return to Sphinx" held at V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi.[10]


Served as[edit]


  • 2011: Pride of Performance

Published letters[edit]

Published articles[edit]


  1. ^ In the name of peace, Daily Dawn, 2004 Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Salwat, Ali (20 September 2007). "Nagori – Voice of conscience". Daily Jang. Archived from the original on 4 October 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Legend lost: Political painter AR Nagori passes away". The Express Tribune. 15 January 2011.
  4. ^ Romasa, Amber (2006). Karachi : Foundation for Museum of Modern Art (ed.). Nagori : voice of conscience. Oxford : Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-969-8896-02-7.
  5. ^ "President confers civil awards on independence Day". Pakistan Times. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.
  6. ^ Brush with authority, The Chronicle of Pakistan
  7. ^ a b c Salwat Ali (June 2004). "The Art of Protest". Newsline. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  8. ^ Fineman, Mark (27 November 1988). "Crises Loom for Pakistan Along Road to Democracy". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Bonhams Auction Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Reality Bites, Herald Magazine, p150, June Issue, 2004 Archived 26 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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