Murad Khan Mumtaz is a Pakistani artist trained in the traditional art of Indian miniature painting. As small acts of remembrance, his paintings meditate on traces of traditional culture that are disappearing in the materialistic landscape of contemporary life.
A native of Lahore, Mumtaz was educated at Pakistan’s National College of Arts and Columbia University in New York City, which he attended on a Fulbright fellowship. His work has been exhibited internationally, including recent solo presentations at Tracy Williams, Ltd. in New York and La Caja Blanca in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He recently completed his second artist residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.
An accomplished teacher, Mumtaz has taught at institutions including the National College of Arts, Beaconhouse National University, Punjab University and the College of Traditional Islamic Art in Amman, Jordan.
He is a co-founder of the Hast-o-Neest Center for Traditional Art and Culture in Lahore and has published numerous articles on the history of miniature painting. He is currently working toward a PhD in South Asian art history at the University of Virginia. He divides his time between Charlottesville, Virginia and Lahore.