Abdul Rahim Nagori

Birth: 1938 Junagarh, Sorath.

Prof. Abdul Rahim Nagori (1938), is a Pakistani painter known for his socio-political themes. He has held one-man exhibitions since 1958.

Qualification: B.A Hons, Fine Arts (Painting), Punjab University Lahore.

Abdul Rahim Nagori's work never fails to stir a controversy. An artist who still burns with the fire of indignation, Nagori paints with anger. Nagori was established as an artist whose stance against socio-political ills caused a flurry of discontent from the much feared establishment.

Undoubtedly the country's most outspoken radical, political artist, Nagori graduated with an MA degree in Fine Arts from the Punjab University in 1965, and in 1970 he established a Fine Arts Department at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. Trained as a muralist, most of his work was seen in exhibitions since the '80s, and for reasons of economy, have been moderate in size.

"Battling with the demons of his own imagination, Nagori went to every Sphinx in places like Lahore, Sargodha, Kohat, Dacca, Chittagong, Kaptai, Rangamati and others. As far as I know these Sphinxes still stand there in one piece. Nagori has come back alive but deeply clawed and bloodied from within. For his own intellect is the one great Sphinx to which he is destined to return continually.

Today, he has emerged from the yellow and the ochre, only to plunge into the blue and the red. His blue is agonizingly serene, and his red tantalizingly dramatic. His canvases continue to be as disturbing as ever.

With a touch of Modigliani and a whiff from Ajanta caves, Nagori follows Al-Ghazali, who in contradistinction to the Greeks' perception of sensual beauty, holds that a sixth sense, a sort of super sense, is responsible for the appreciation of beauty. Every great painter, every great artist and every lover of beauty possesses this sith sense in its fullest degree which is the source not only of creation, but also of appreciation..."

"...His blue dips its fingers into green and his red burrows its head under mystery and suspense and drama Nagori is about to discover himself, or maybe, discover the futility of his spiritual voyage."

Syed Nayab Hussain (1970)


* 1982: Anti militarism and violence exhibition which got censored and banned by the martial law regime.
* 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.
* 1988: Anti-dictatorship Exhibition, "Road to Democracy", held at Indus Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. Reviewed by Mark Fineman of the Los Angeles Times.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.
* 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.
* 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.

Served As

* 1965-66: Lecturer, Dept of Fine Arts, University of the Punjab, Lahore.
* 1966-67: Head of Fine Arts, Cadet College Kohat, Kohat.
* 1966-70: Education Officer, Pakistan Air Force.
* 1970: Founder Head Dept. of Fine Art at University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
* 1985-1995: Professor, Fine Arts, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
* 1983-86: Member BOG, National College of Arts, Lahore.
* 1984-85: Member NAHE, University Grants Commission (Pakistan), Islamabad.
* 1984: Chairman, Curriculum Committee, Art Teachers Training Programme, Ministry of Education, Islamabad.
* 1997-98: Advisor, Federal College of Art and Design, Jamshoro.
* 1996-1997: Director, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Ministry of Culture.
* 1998-: Member BOG, Shaukat Suriya College of Liberal Arts, Hamdard University, Karachi.
* 1998:Member BOG, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Ministry of Culture.


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