R.M.Naeem

“For me, the most horrible thing is looking at the blank canvas,” says R.M. Naeem.
Mirpurkhas born artist, R.M. Naeem is one of the biggest names in the Pakistani art world today. Naeem is highly respected as a visual artist, educator and curator. His work has been widely exhibited locally and internationally including countries such as France, Iran, Austraila, India, Oman, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, USA, China, UK and Canada. The artist currently lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.
Naeem claims his journey as an artist began at a young age after observing his brother’s friend, a cinema board painter at work. His fascination with art eventually led to apprenticeship with Sayyed Jameel Ahmed, under whose guidance he created works such as glass paintings, floral motifs inside mosques and imagery inside temples. However, Naeem’s formal training began after receiving an anonymous delivery of a National College of Arts advertisement at his brother’s shop.
Upon completing his BFA in 1993 at the National College of Arts, Lahore, he joined the college as a professor and teaches there to date. He has been enthusiastically promoting art education through his workspace called Studio RM (1994- to date) and has also introduced the Studio RM (International) Residency programme in Lahore in 2008. His artwork has awarded him several scholarships and prizes in Pakistan, including the National Award of Excellence (2003), Award of Honour by Punjab Council of Arts, Lahore Pakistan (1991 and1994) and Distinction in Thesis Project in 1993.The artist has attended up to 12 residencies and art camps abroad.

Naeem does not have a preferred medium, he feels that the process of art making and the imagery itself holds more value. He is inspired by all religions, folk stories and different cultures. He feels that the creativity of many artists feeds off of the various problems we face in society today. His work possesses an autobiographical nature as he draws upon his personal experiences.
Furthermore, the artist describes his work as poising questions rather than bringing forth the artist’s perception as he states, “It is better to involve people in a way that they start thinking.”
The artist’s work was part of the exhibit Trilogue (2010) and Converging Lines, a drawing portfolio (2012).

R.M.Naeem

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