In his work, painter A.Q.Arif creates dreamy, beautiful landscapes, half imagined and half real. Almost mirage like, the architectural elements in his work, domes and tall buildings appear to speak of history shimmering as reflected images in wide pools of water. Arif graduated from the renowned Karachi School of Art in 1996, and began to show his work in exhibition. In Lahore he was entranced by the beauty of the rural areas, the lush landscapes, predominant green areas and the sense of space. Using a mixed media technique the artist began to work on a larger scale striving to encompass the beauty of his surroundings fusing history with nature. With numerous solo exhibitions to his credit, in Pakistan and abroad, his work has been acclaimed internationally. His work appears to invite the viewer to a world of landscape touched by fantasy and unspoiled by human habitation.