Imran Qureshi was born in Hyderabad (Pakistan) in 1972. He received his BA in Fine Arts from the prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore, where he currently teaches. He received the ArtNow Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and was proclaimed Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year in 2013. In 2015, he was part of the exhibition, The Great Game, held in the Iranian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. His paintings, installations and videos have always had a very strong link to current events, often reflecting on the troubled state of his native land.
His paintings often juxtapose random, seemingly violent splatters with precise mark making, melding control and abandon into an orchestrated whole.
He has held solo exhibitions of his work at National Art Gallery, Islamabad (2017); Museo Civico, San Gimignano(2016); Corvi-Mora, London (2004), Pao Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong (2010), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013), Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (2014), IKON Gallery, Birmingham, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2015). His two-person shows with Aisha Khalid were held at Corvi-Mora, London (2001, 2007, 2010), Admit One Gallery, New York (2001), The Experimental Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong (2007), and Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai (2011).
Qureshi’s works have been included in several groups shows, most notably 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 (2006), Sharjah Biennial 10 (2011), 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and the Asia Triennial, Manchester (2014).
Qureshi’s work is represented in the permanent collections of major institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.