Born in 1967, in a family of calligraphists, Irfan Qureshi polished the finer skills of his precocious talent under the patronage of famous calligraphists like Nafees Raqam, Yaqut Raqam and Gauhar Qalam, besides many other masters of the art of calligraphy. In 1992, he received the “Ijaza” (permission) to practice calligraphy and was formally recognized as a master practitioner of this art by Pakistan’s National College of Arts, Lahore in 2007, through the award of the first ever diploma in this field.
Irfan Qureshi has been the dynamic patron of Muqla Centre of Art at Hast-o-Neest Institute, Lahore, an NGO promoting traditional arts; Centre for Conservation and Restoration Studies of NCA, Lahore; and prestigious educational institutions like Kinnaird College and University of Central Punjab, Lahore. His awe-inspiring works of art, both calligraphic masterpieces and paintings, adorn the walls of Dabistan-e-Iqbal, Lahore since its establishment in 2012. His paintings depicting the history of Pakistan’s Independence Movement in the thematic Museum created at Wahga international border (commissioned by Pakistan Rangers, Punjab), displaying this turbulent epoch of the Sub-Continental history, have been highly acclaimed as spectacular works of art.
Irfan Qureshi has the singular distinction of heralding the “International Conference on Islamic Art & Architecture” organized under the auspices of National College of Arts, wherein, besides presenting a well-researched paper on “ Hamara Rasm-ul-Khat”, he also curated the entire event in 2008. He similarly organized the “Sarir-e-Khama International Conference” on behalf of Punjab University -College of Art and Design in 2012, which featured his highly appreciated research paper titled “Barr-e-Sagheer mein Funn-e-Tezheeb ka Safar”.
Date of Birth: 1967-05-01 in Gujranwala, Pakistan.