|Alma mater||National College of Arts|
Pride of Performance Award (1993)
Early life and career
Saeed Akhtar was born in Ghakhar, Punjab, British India in 1938. His father Fazal Karim was an Education instructor for the British Indian Army and provided his services in Quetta, Pakistan. So his family moved there when he was still very young. His father was an Urdu language teacher. Saeed Akhtar graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore where he studied art from the famous Pakistani artist Shakir Ali. Akhtar's own recent students include Pakistani artist Mahmood Hayat and R M Naeem. he also studied figure drawing from Italy.
After graduating from National Council of Arts in Lahore, Akhtar joined its teaching staff. His major commission from this time was his portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah done in 1970. This painting currently hangs in the State Bank of Pakistan building in Islamabad. His work has also been displayed in many exhibitions in Pakistan. Akhtar was commissioned to design Pakistan's largest stamp issue consisting of 27 stamps (1990, SG 801-827) on pioneers of freedom.
Awards and recognition
- Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1993
- Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan in 2011
- Profile of Saeed Akhtar on Daily Times newspaper, Published 22 August 2016, Retrieved 29 August 2017
- Profile and paintings of Saeed Akhtar on cliftonartgallery.com website, Retrieved 29 August 2017
- President inaugurates Sohni Dharti art exhibition (including Saeed Akhtar's paintings), Business Recorder newspaper, Published 22 March 2014, Retrieved 1 June 2020
- Popular's Pakistan Postage Stamps Catalogue, 6th edition. Editor: A. Latif Rasheed. Lahore, 2006 pg 231
- Popular's Pakistan Postage Stamps Catalogue, 6th edition. Editor: A. Latif Rasheed. Lahore, 2006 pg 259
- Saeed Akhtar Paintings Clifton Art Gallery.
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