Quddus Mirza

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Quddus Mirza is a Pakistani art critic, artist, and art educator based in Lahore. He currently writes in The News, and is the co-author of the book “50 Years of Visual Arts in Pakistan”, “The Rising Tide”, and “Hanging Fire”. His writings have been published in national and international newspapers and magazines.


Quddus Mirza was born in 1961. He graduated from National College of Arts Lahore in 1986 and completed post-graduate work at the Royal College of Arts London in 1991.[1] He is famous for his writings on Pakistani art.

Art career[edit]

Mirza’s work deals with the issues of pictorial investigation. He transmits the meaning of images created by collective consciousness in our society through media. His paintings address the multiplicity of meaning by fusing the five senses of a viewer. He deliberately uses bright colors and paints with gestural and inlaid social and political intent. Mirza uses division of space and overlapping of brush strokes for effect.

His writings[edit]

Trained as a visual artist, Mirza has been writing on Pakistani art for a decade in The News, Herald, and in Art India.

In his writings, Mirza analyzes the parallel between east and west. He has rejected the term Pakistani art.[2] He said there is nothing that can be called Pakistani art; he says that more properly, such work should be called "art from Pakistan". His writings address the issues revolving around art and life. Being an art educator, Mirza also questions problems in art education, as well as the role of art galleries and institutions shaping and reshaping Pakistani art. In his writings he examines the conventional trends of art in Pakistan, especially those initiated by modern miniaturists who transformed it for foreign curators due to the tastes of the art market in the West.


  • Metaphoric Connections
  • Noble Savage or the Contempt For Contemporary
  • Pakistani Art and its South Asian Identity
  • South Asian Art
  • Media-Ting Art
  • Beyond Many Borders


  1. ^ "Quddus Mirza".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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