Quddus Mirza

Lahore, Pakistan

Quddus Mirza is an artist, art critic and independent curator. He is the Head of Fine Art Department at the National College of Arts, Lahore, where he studied BFA, before acquiring MA (Painting) from the Royal College of Art, London. Mirza has shown extensively in numerous important group exhibitions, along with several one-person exhibition, held in Pakistan and UK. He has also curated a number of exhibitions; including “Trade Union” and “Take Away” at Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, NCA and “One to One” at Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore. His other exhibitions include “Celebrating Art” and “Love”at National Art Gallery, Islamabad, “Beyond Borders: Art from Pakistan” at National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, India, and “Exotic Bodies”, based on the miniature paintings from the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum, that was displayed at Preston Museum in UK. Mirza is an art critic with a regular weekly column appearing in Pakistan’s major newspaper, ‘The News’, and a regular column on art Letter from Pakistan in ‘Art India’ and in ‘Depart’ (Bangladesh) as well as contributing to other publications like ‘Dawn’, ‘Herald’, ‘Himal’, ‘Libas’, ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Flash Art’.

He is the co-author of book “50 Years of Visual Arts in Pakistan” and has extensively written essays on Pakistani art in different international catalogues and other publications. He is also the editor of online magazine ‘Artnow Pakistan’.