Ustad Bashir Ahmad
Professor Bashir Ahmad was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1954. He obtained the National Diploma of Arts in 1974 from the National College of Arts, Lahore. He received Specialization in Miniature Painting with Moghul Court Painters' descendent Sheikh Shuja-Ullah and from Patiala Gharana's Haji Sharif. He also undertook formal training for the restoration of traditional Moghul, Persian, Ivory, contemporary miniature paintings including the medium of oil and water color, from Sheikh Shuja-Ullah for nine years in the late 1970s. He qualified his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, in Painting, Print- making & Sculpture in 1985. This was later followed by a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Punjab University in 2002.
He has exhibited extensively across the country and abroad and is recognized worldwide for his exceptional command over traditional techniques of miniature painting. In 1982 he constituted the Bachelor's Degree Programme for Miniature Painting at the National College of Arts, Lahore, by creating the first ever curriculum in the world which, to date, continues to produce numerous successful artists.
Professor Bashir Ahmad has served as the Principal and Head of Fine Arts Department, National College of Arts, Lahore. Presently he is conducting regular courses in Traditional Painting at the Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani Trust, Lahore, Pakistan.