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Abdul Rahim Nagori

Prof. Abdul Rahim Nagori (1939 – January 14, 2011) was a Pakistani painter known for his socio-political themes.[1][2][3] He has held one-man exhibitions since 1958.[4] He taught at the University of Sindh in Jamshoro, Pakistan where he founded and headed the department of Fine Arts. He was honoured with President's Pride of Performance Award announced on August 14, 2010.[5]


  • 1982: Anti-militarism and violence exhibition which got censored and banned by the martial law regime.[2][6]
  • 1983: Anti martial law exhibition, sponsored by Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).
  • 1986: Anti-dictatorship Exhibition held at Indus Gallery, Karachi. Most powerful exhibition of his career where he exposed 62 different awful national events which shook the conscience of the nation.[7]
  • 1988: Anti-dictatorship Exhibition, "Road to Democracy", held at Indus Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. Reviewed by Mark Fineman of the Los Angeles Times.[8] Painted the evils of society by evolving new alphabet symbols for children, basing them on the events which took place in preceding two years. Bomb blasts, crime, dacoities, guns, heroin, Ojhri, Kalashnikov, rape etc. became new symbols of the alphabet.[7][9]
  • 1990: "I am you" Anti-violence exhibition, large hoarding for display on road side, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, participated by International Artists.
  • 1990: "Women of Myth and Reality" exhibition at Indus Gallery, Karachi. Repudiated the treatment meted out to the women.[7]
  • 1992: Exhibition on minority, held at Chawkhandi Art Gallery, Karachi. A series of 40 paintings was again a process of social and political protest for the mute, bewildered and confused society which finds itself full of tears, shame, anguish and anger.
  • 1994: Exhibition "Black amongst Blacks" held at Lahore Art Gallery, Lahore.
  • 2004: Exhibition "Return to Sphinx" held at


Served as


  • 2011: Pride of Performance

Published letters

  • National Art Gallery, Daily Dawn Newspaper, November 26, 2001
  • Shifting of Archives, Daily Dawn, May 14, 2002
  • Pride of Performance, Daily Dawn September 01, 2002
  • When Merit Suffers, Daily Dawn, September 12, 2002
  • On Khushwant Singh, Daily Dawn, October 14, 2002
  • Artists and political subjects, Daily Dawn, December 09, 2002
  • Mulk Raj Anand, Daily Dawn, October 03, 2004

Published articles

  • A change for the worse, The Star, January 9, 1986
  • Can Art be called Islamic? The Star Newspaper April 13, 1986
  • A search in the wrong direction, The Star, June 12, 1986
  • Art and the Pakistani Press, The Star, August 7, 1986
  • The artists' place in society, September 4, 1986
  • The wily serpent lives, The Star, December 4, 1986
  • Riveras Resolution, The Star, May 21, 1987
  • The arts as social AWACKS, The Star Newspaper, October 8, 1987
  • A land of equal opportunity
  • In scorn of official overtures
  • The unaesthetic realities of life
  • Trading Horses for Art, The News International, December 7, 1992
  • Art under dictatorship, Seminar Paper read at Goethe Institute, Karachi, October 18, 1996


External links

  • Official Website of A. R. Nagori
  • The loss of a free thinker: A.R.Nagori, DAWN newspaper, January 17, 2011
  • After Nagori: The man who spoke his mind and painted what he believed in…, The News International, January 23, 2011
  • AR Nagori: The Unreasonable Man (1939-2011), Himal Southasian, January 19, 2011
  • In memoriam: The voice of conscience Abdul Rahim Nagori, 1938 – 2011, Daily Dawn Newspaper, January 23, 2011
  • Tribute paid to Ali Imam, Daily Dawn, July 14, 2002
  • Return to the Sphinx, Daily Dawn Newspaper, Gallery, May 04, 2004
  • The Art of Protest, Newsline Magazine, June Edition, 2004
  • Sadequain Remembered, Daily Dawn Newspaper, March 9, 2005
  • Portrait of a Protest, The News International, August 20, 2006
  • Rebel with a cause, Daily Dawn Newspaper, August 26, 2006
  • Book Review: The paintings on the wall, Daily Dawn Newspaper, September 17, 2006
  • Nagori–Voice of conscience, The News International, September 20, 2007
  • Remembering Colin David, Daily Times, March 2, 2008

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