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Zahoor Ul Akhlaq's Biography

(1941 - 1999)

Painter, sculptor, and print-maker Zahoor ul Akhlaq was undoubtedly one of the most significant artists working out of pakistan during the later 20th century whose profound artistic and conxeptual influence has shaped contemporary art practice for following generations, including Shazia Sikander and Rashid Rana. Zahoor was influenced by the master calligrafher Yusuf Delhvi, Whose work he was exposed to as a child and later underwent a Moderniist phase under Shakir Ali when he was a student at the national College of Arts (NCA). Zahoor's extensive knowledge and interest in the indegenous vernacular and tradition, as well as contemporary Western thought led to his deconstruction and re-appropriation of the classical miniaturist genre. In Lahore , Zahoor ul-Akhlaq brought post modern ideas to the forefront in the 70's and 80's. At NCA, he on miniature painting's relevence and viability as a source for contemporary artists. His own paintings took elements from the miniature tradition and combined them with an abstract painterly style.
 
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