Waseem Ahmed, Untitled, 2011, pigment colors, silver leaf on archival wasli paper, 37.3 x 17.8 cm, Collection Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

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Art Brussels 2017
Waseem Ahmed, Kathmandu Triennale - 2017
Beirut Art Fair 2016
Angels and Demons, 2016
Exhibition: 'Pious Fear', 2013, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva
TAZ.DIE TAGESZEITUNG, 13. November 2014


Born in 1976, Hyderabad


National College of Arts Lahore- Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Bachelors in Fine Arts (miniature paintings) December 2000
Graduated from National College of Arts With Honors (above 70%marks) In the Department of Miniature Painting

Solo Exhibitions
2017 - Waseem Ahmed: Contemporary Miniatures, Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, USA
2017- Insinuation, Art Brussels Art Fair, with Gowen Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
2016 - Beirut Art Fair, with Gowen Contemporary, Beyrouth, Lebanon
2015 - In the Name of Faith, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2014/15 - Asian Art Museum, Berlin, curated by Martina Stoye, Berlin, Germany
2014 - The Narrative, Drawing Now art fair, with Gowen Contemporary, Paris, France
2013 - Pious Fear, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
2012 - Fragmentation, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, PAK
2011 - Folding Unfolding, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2011 - Tactics of Invisibility, Khaas Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
2010 - Silver Bullet, Laurent Delaye gallery, London, England
2010 - Waseem Ahmed: Witness and Voyeur, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi Pakistan
2009 - Miniature Exhibition, IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2009 - A Virtuous Perversion, Chawkandi Art, Karachi, Pakistan
2009 - Virtuous Perversion Preview, Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan
2008 - Burqa Series (scripting a new world), New Dehli, India
2008 - Miniature Exhibition, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi ,India
2008 - Miniature Exhibition, Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2007 - Miniatures, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2006 - Burqa Series, Preview National College Of Arts Gallery, Lahore Pakistan
2005 - Miniatures, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2004 - Miniatures, Chaukandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2003 - Miniatures, Rohtas 2 Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2000 - Thesis Show, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

Group Exhibitions

2017 - MEMENTOS: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts and other Curiosities, curated by Jens Hoffmann (Jewish Museum Deputy Director) and Piper Marshall (Curator of A.I.R. Gallery Biennial), flagship exhibition during Art Brussels Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
2017 - Kathmandu Triennale, curated by Philippe Van Cauteren, Nepal
2016 - The India Story presented by Latitute 28 Gallery Delhi, Calcutta, India
2016- Angels and Demons. A Selection of Works by Waseem Ahmed and Rashid Rana, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
2015 - Lay of the Land, presented by Bavna Kakar, curated by Anushka Rajendran, Latitude 28 Gallery, Delhi, India
2015 - A Disagreement Between Us, Artgenève, with Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland
2013 - It Matters, India international Center, organized by Seher, Delhi, India
2011 - The Body in 6X3, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2011 - Visit Us at Contemporary Istanbul, Jankossen Gallery, Istambul, Turkey
2010 - Have I Ever Opposed You? New Art from India and Pakistan, Fleming & Partner (now Gowen Contemporary), Geneva, Switzerland
2009 - Opening show of Vogue Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2008 - Off The Beaten Path South Asian Exhibition, Bengal Gallery, Bengladesh
2007 - Group show of various artists of Pakistan, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
2006 - Group Exhibition, Curated by Common Wealth Society, Australia
2006 - Between Two Worlds’ (miniature exhibition), Crow Eaters gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2005 - Miniature Exhibition BOMBAY, India
2005 - Miniature Exhibition (Diverse voices), Oman
2005 - Exhibition at Anant art gallery (“Ritu, Mausam, Season”), New Dehli, India
2005 - Wassli (group miniature painting show), Ejaz art gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2005 - Group show of paintings by 25 senior artists, Clifton art gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2004 - Exhibition at Fukuoka Asian art museum (“contemporary miniature paintings from Pakistan”), Japan
2004 - Art from Pakistan, Exhibition at Parliament House, London, England
2004 - The Academy of Fine Arts and Literature (pause for a cause), Dehli, India
2004 - Paintings of senior painters of Pakistan, Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2004 - SIDE b (new art from Lahore), NaiRang Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2004 - Miniature Exhibition, Gallery NCA, Lahore, Pakistan
2004 - Nomad, Art Gallery Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan
2003 - Miniatures Pakistanaises, Maison d’Art Comtemporain Chaillioux, Fresnes, France
2003 - Negotiating Borders (Contemporary Miniature from Pakistan), Siddhartha Art Gallery, Khatmadu, Nepal
2003 - Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2002 - Exotic bodies (Eastern representation of the West), Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston, London, England
2002 - Miniatures, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2002 - Miniatures, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2001 - Miniatures, Rishiki Art Gallery, Mumbai, India4
2001 - Miniatures, I.I.C Art Gallery Delhi, India
2001 - Miniatures, Athens and Worsa, Greece
2001 - Art Shart Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2001 - Miniatures, Sim Sim Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2001 - Miniatures, Ejaz, Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2000 - Revival of Traditional Miniature Paintings, Gallery NCA, Lahore, Pakistan
1999 - Miniatures, Eijaz, Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
1997 - Sindh Education Trust, Hyderabad, Pakistan
1993-1996 - Hyderabad Arts Council, Pakistan

Workshops & Residencies Attended

2016 - Art Students League, New York, USA
2014 - Artists in Residency, Humboldt Lab, Asian Art Museum, Berlin, Germany
2007 - Green Island International Human Rights Artist’s Workshop, Taiwan
2007 - Britto Residency, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2007 - SAARC CAMP Jaisalmere, India
2006 - VASL international residency Karachi, Pakistan
2005 - Celebration of 350 year birthday of Tajmahal, group of artists from Pakistan and India invited to paint Tajmahal and a group exhibition curated after that.
Work Displayed at: Agra, Delhi, Bombay and Jaipur, India.


Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Berlin British Museum London
Virginia Whiles Collections, UK
Anupam Podar Collections, India
Salima Hashmi, Pakistan
Naazish Ataullah Collection, Pakistan
Sajida Vandal Collection, Pakistan
D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Switzerland


2012-13-17 - Nominated to the Sovereign Asian Art Prize
2011-12 - Nominated to the Jameel Prize

Selected Publications
Indo-Asiatische Zeitschrift, Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für indo-asiatische Kunst, 19 - 2015

Katrin Bettina Müller, "Die Wiederkehr der heiligen Krieger", TAZ.DIE TAGESZEITUNG, 13. NOVEMBER 2014

Virginia Whiles, Art and Polemic in Pakistan: Cultural Politics and Tradition in Contemporary in Miniature Painting, International Library of Cultural studies, Tauris Academic Studies, 2010

Ali Salwat, Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millennium, Fomma (Foundation of Museum of Modern art) in association with Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Pakistan, 2008

Athar Tahir, Pakistan Colors, Oxford University Press, 2001

David Rukhsana, Contemporary Miniature Painting in Lahore 1980-2007, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore

Numerous in various national and international magazines and newspapers