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214. Afsar M. Naqvi

Afsar Madad Naqvi- well-known painter & sculptor of the country.  He was one of the few qualified sculptors who could teach the technique of making life-size armature, simple casting and multiple casting with permanent moulds. He worked with great ease and facility in metals, wood, cement, plaster of Paris, marble, stone and clay. He was a founder member of the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts.
He was born in 1933 at Amroha, India. Diploma and Post-diploma from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow, India. Trained under renowned sculptor Mohammad Hanif at Lucknow Arts College in the early 60’s.
He came to Pakistan in 1962 and shortly after that and had a solo show at the Karachi Arts Council Hall, which was also the country’s first solo sculpture exhibition. When Mr. Nawabzada Wajid Mehmood founded the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, he requested him to set up the sculpture studio and he have lived up to this responsibility since then. Afsar Naqvi was sculptor, traditionalist, loyal friend and affectionate teacher. He had a huge following of artists in Pakistan, most of whom were his students.

Naqvi Sahib with Nawabzada Wajid Mehmood ul Hassan and  
Mirza Sajjad Hussain at his exhibition (1963)
His acute observation of detail, timeless dedication to craftsmanship and the innate soul of a master allows him to breath life into any work of art from delicate pencil sketch to monumental sculptures and that is truly make him one of the world’s top artists.
Friend and contemporary to leading artists and literary figures, Afsar Naqvi is a quiet, retiring man and has spent the better part of the last twenty five years teaching sculpture to a generation of artists at the Institute. In his work, Naqvi Sahib is an exponent of the Eastern idiom. His deep rooted aesthetics of the sub-continental culture bond us to the past. Many art scholar would have us believe that Mughal miniature and folk art are our only heritage when Classical Indian Art forms the very core of this region’s art history.

Creation of a pure realistic master piece – magic of Sir Naqvi’s fingers
Clay modelling of a life size 3D sculpture (theme: Indian dancing figure-1981)
He was highly skilled in his craft, his long finger nimbly created small figurines in clay while he carried on with his discussions, as if they had a life of their own. While fame eluded him as a Master Sculptor his skills earned high great respect and his advise was always sought in technical matters, for which he was seldom financially compensated.
Afsar Naqvi’s vision and aesthetics was indelibly etched into his own creative expression and his drive to achieve the same level of perfection in his master work.

Naqvi Sahib briefing the viewers about the sculpture at his exhibition (1963)
Historical group picture (Naqvi Sahib with Arshad Siddiqui, Rizwan, Sabiha,
Shamim & others


1963 – Solo Exhibition- Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi
1969 – Solo Exhibition- Pakistan American Cultural Centre (P.A.C.C.)
1971 – Solo Exhibition- Indus Gallery, Karachi
1975 – Solo Exhibition- Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi
1985 – Group Exhibition- The Fifth National Arts Exhibition, Idara Saqafat -e- Pakistan
1997 – Solo Exhibition- Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi

Naqvi Sahib with Syed Ali Rizvi, Irfan Hussain &  AG Khalid at the class room
of Central Institute of Arts & Crafts
Naqvi Sahib with Rais Amrohvi
Naqvi Sahib with Jahangir Khan

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