Muhammad Zeeshan (B. 1980, Mirpurkhan, Pakistan) received his BFA in Miniature Painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2003. Zeeshan lives and works in Lahore and he's currently an Adjunct Faculty at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. The direction he takes with a particular work is heavily determined by the medium in which he is working; however, motifs which Zeeshan explores are closely tied to the cultural heritage of Pakistan, investigating issues of culture and conflict, asking the viewer to reconsider social norms and the lens through which we perceive others.
Solo exhibitions include Nangeli, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); Money Provides, Culture Aspires, Sanat initiative, Karachi (2020), No Fight, Be a Donkey, Oart Space, Lahore (2019), Serving with White Gloves, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2019); Refreshment at Sanat Initiative, Karachi (2017); Contemporary Istanbul with Kristin Hjellegejrde Gallery (2017); Funkier Than A Mosquito's Twitter, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2015); Safar Nama at Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi (2014); and Special 'Siri' Series at Aicon Gallery, New York (2011).
Selected group exhibitions include Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); Pretty Art For Pretty People, Sanat initiative, Karachi (2020), All the Days and Nights, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); Art Dubai with Kristin Hjellegjerde (2017); Present Re-Inventions at Grosvenor Gallery, London (2014); and Havelian Express at CAIS Gallery, Hong Kong (2010).
Highlights and collections
Muhammad Zeeshan’s work can be found in private and public collections worldwide, including Hundal Collection, Chicago; the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California; the Devi Art Foundation, India and Walton Family Collection, USA. Curatorial projects include Behind the colours (2020), Sanat initiative, Karachi, Mera Safar (2020), Zahor ul Ikhlaq Gallery NCA and the Lahore and the Karachi Biennale Trust (KBT) in 2019.