Imran Qureshi was born in Hyderabad (Pakistan) in 1972 and has a B.A. in Fine Arts, from the National College of Arts, Lahore, where he continues to teach. Qureshi’s practice is firmly rooted in the tradition of miniature painting, an art form that reached its zenith during the Mughal Empire. He has greatly expanded the language of miniature painting, both in traditionally sized and crafted works and in many variations in the form of site-specific installations, three-dimensional works, videos, and paintings on paper and canvas. His work is exemplary of a practice that combines a local background with a global outlook, artistically, socially and politically.
He has had solo exhibitions of his work at Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong (2010); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013); Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2014); IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2016); and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, Pantin, Salzburg (2015, 2017, 2019). His works have been included in group shows at the National Art Gallery, Malaysia (1998); Center of Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2000); The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2002); Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka (2004); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2005); La Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice (2009); National College of Arts, Lahore (2010); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2014); the Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2006); Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah (2011); 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); and the Asia Triennial, Manchester (2014). Considered one of Pakistan’s most important artists, Qureshi’s works have been featured on multiple platforms. As part of him being awarded the Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” in 2013, he exhibited a large solo exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.