Ali Kazim holds a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and an MFA from the Slade School of Art, London. He began his career as a painter of circus billboards and then a medical dispenser. He graduated from the NCA with distinction in 2002, and a year later, he was invited to represent Pakistan at the George Keyt Foundation International Artists’ Camp in Sri Lanka, where his work was exhibited at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.
In 2005, he won another scholarship: a Royal Overseas League Arts residency that sent him to France for a year. On October 23, 2007, the V. M. Art Gallery, in collaboration with Green Cardamom (London), opened its doors for his fourth solo exhibition.
He was a 2011 finalist for the Catlin Art Prize whose work appears in collections at Australia’s Queensland Art Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City – creates his artworks through processes of multi-layering, beginning with pencil and gradually accumulating layers of oil and water-based paints to create canvasses with great texture and depth. A large proportion of Kazim’s work focuses on representing the human body and many have been self-portraits or portraits of other men, though his recent 2013 series Untitled (the storm series) is monochromatic and decidedly more minimalistic.
His work is collected at:
Metropolitan Museum, NYC.
British Museum, London.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Queensland Art Gallery, Australia.
Burger Collection, Hong Kong.
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi.
Creative Cities Collection, Beijing.
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