Pakistani Artist Makhdoom Arfeen Hashmi to Represent Nation at Prestigious Italian Art Fair

In a significant achievement for Pakistan’s art scene, Makhdoom Arfeen Hashmi, a Pakistani artist, has been selected to showcase his contemporary art piece at the prestigious Anima Mundi Art Fair in Venice, Italy. This international exhibition, which features a diverse range of art forms including photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture, and performance art, is scheduled to run from April to June this year.

Hailing from Rahim Yar Khan, Arfeen is a graduate of the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore and is currently making his mark as a visual artist. His journey in the art world has seen him collaborate with various galleries both domestically and internationally, including in Vienna and Venice.

Arfeen’s selection for the Anima Mundi Art Fair is particularly noteworthy as he is the only Pakistani artist whose work has been chosen for this exhibition. The event is set to commence in May and will span over a month.

From a young age, Arfeen has harbored a deep interest in art. His passion led him to pursue a degree in Fine Arts from NCA, a decision he had made while still in school. The artwork he will be presenting at the fair is not a traditional piece but falls under the category of contemporary art.

Arfeen’s artwork is a reflection of his background and the agricultural landscape of Pakistan. It delves into the issues of environmental degradation and global warming, offering a nuanced perspective on the world’s current state, encapsulating both its positive and negative aspects.

This year’s Anima Mundi Art Fair holds special significance as it coincides with the 60th Venice Biennale of Art, a major event in Europe’s art calendar. Arfeen views this as a tremendous opportunity for a Pakistani artist’s work, which portrays Pakistan’s narrative, to gain international exposure. The event attracts collectors and art enthusiasts from around the globe, providing a platform for artists to showcase their work to a diverse audience.

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