Ali Abbas


Date of Birth:  6th Aug – 1968

With a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Jamshoro University, Sindh, Abbas became a teacher of Fine Arts in his Alma Mater in 1992 and remained there for ten years. He helped establish the Department of Fine Arts at Iran Cultural Centre in Jamshoro, which is functioning presently. In between, he came to Karachi and taught at the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts for one year. He has also worked in the Department of Architecture at Mehran University. Currently, he is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the Centre of Excellence in Art and Design, Mehran University Jamshoro.

With a load of commissioned work and an inner compulsion to paint, Abbas decided to devote all his time and energy into painting and sculpture. His observations add to his narrative, which are beautifully displayed on canvas. He wanted to give a future to the white of the paper by exploiting the inner soul of colors on it.

Ali Abbas gives a futuristic touch to an empty space with colours breathing life. He employs gypsies of Thar to capture the vastness of the desert. His early works centered on the expressions of the desert people, moving on on to the depiction of situations of everyday life in Thar. Now, combining the two, Abbas has added a third dimension to his canvases; the landscape of Thar. His work picture his roots as well as his artistic sensibilities.

Ali Abbas made himself known as a watercolour painter at his early exhibitions at home and abroad. After his solo show at Alliance Francaise de Karachi in 2002, he worked with mixed media for his second solo exhibition at Chawkandi Art. That also was a drama of life in a desert in mixed media on paper.

Thar has been a favorite subject with artists of Pakistan. Ali Abbas, a comparatively young artist, has focused on Thar as a bare reality. His palette is close to reality, concentrating on the sandy atmosphere and situations arising out of sand storms. The bright coloured dresses and amulets of folk women also remain under the spell of sand. In this aura, Ali Abbas creates situations focused on people against an ocean of sand.


1993  Master Of Fine Arts(Painting),University Of Sindh, Jamshoro
1990  BFA. University Of Sindh, Jamshoro.
1988  A.T.C (Art Teacher Course), Govt. Elementary College Of Education, Hyderabad.
1981  Certificate Of Intermediate Grade Drawing, Hyderabad.


Teaching Experience: 

Currently Working as Assistant Professor, Department Of Fine Arts, Centre Of Excellence in Art & Design, CEAD, Mehran University, Jamshoro
2006-7: Teaching at Department of visual studies, Karachi University
1990-Present  Established and Teaching Fine Arts, The Cultural Centre Of Iran, Hyderabad
1995-1996  Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Mehran University, Jamshoro.
1994-1995  Lecturer, General Institute of Arts and Crafts (GIAC), Arts Council, Karachi.


Solo Exhibition:

2013  International watercolor festival,Sefarihser,Izmir,Turkey
2013  Lal ki sadaa,Ejaz art gallery,Lahore
2013  Lal ki sadaa,Artscene galleries,karachi
2012  Wandering colours,at Gallery-6,Islamabad
2012  Participated and live performance, international watercolor festival, Izmir,Turkey
2011  Unicorn Art gallery.
2011  Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi.
2010  Ejaz Galleries, Lahore.
2009  Chawkandi Art Gallery,  Karachi.
2008  Afrand Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
2008  Ejaz Galleries, Lahore.
2007  The Roots Chawkandi Art, Karachi.
2005  Gardbaad (Dust Wind), Chawkandi Art, Karachi.
2002  Sindh Gypsies, Alliance Franchise, Karachi.

Selected Group Exhibition:

2012  Bend in the SCAPES, at satrang art gallery, serena hotel, Islamabad
2012  Group Show At Pakistan Parliament house, Islamabad
2011  Ejaz Gallery, Art Expo, Malaysia.
2011  Ejaz Gallery, Omani Fine Art Society, Oman, UAE.
2010  Ejaz Art Gallery, Omani Fine Art Society, Oman, UAE.
2009  Drawing Show, Vogue Art Gallery, Lahore.
2008  Unicorn Art gallery, Karachi.
2007  Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore.
2006  Mehran Colors, Mehran Arts Council, Hyderabad.
2006  Group Show, Hamail Art Gallery, Lahore.
2005  Four Water Colorists Show, Native Art Gallery, Lahore.
2005  1ST Rangoonwala Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, V.M, Art Gallery, Lahore.
2005  Hyderabad Colours, Mehran Arts Council, Hyderabad.
2004  Conservatory Juried Art Show, Conservatory Arts Council, Clifton, Texas, USA.
2003  Three Man Show, Hamail Art Gallery, Lahore.
2003  Summer Art Show, Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad.