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Mahmood Ahmad was born in 1964 and currently living in Delhi. He has attained BFA (Applied Art) from JamiaMilliaIslamia University, New Delhi, 1992. He has had solo exhibitions at Lokayata Art Gallery, HauzKhas Village, New Delhi, 2005; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2004; Taj Art Gallery, 2002. He has participated in several group exhibitions including Indian Contemporary Mask Exhibition,LalitKala Akademi, New Delhi, 2012; 1st International drawings & graphics prints at Art    more...

Artist's Statement

As a child, I would translate my feelings into portraits, the visages expressing joy or sorrow, screaming with pain & anger or just smiling enigmatically, was an expression of my own inner turmoil and emotions. Thus my journey as an artist began quite early. My father was the vice Principal of Jamia School, which was adjacent to the Department of Fine Arts, JamiaMilliaIslamia. As a child I was deeply fascinated by nature. Jamia with its semi wild surroundings was an ideal playground for a young naturalist like me. I would spend hours in the forest gathering caterpillars and their pupae. I would take my collection back home and observe the eggs evolve into butterflies with all their splendid beauty. The fragile wet wings of the butterflies would harden upon emerging from the pupae and the butterfly would eventually fly off giving me immense joy. Later this childhood passion development into a deep and abiding interest and I think metaphorically, art is also like a butterfly emerging from a pupa. My encounter with nature and its beauty, finds its way into my work. Eventually I graduated from the Department with a Degree in Fine Arts.


MFA, 1994 Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi

Awards / Honours

Awarded Silver Medal in drawing & graphic show by The Art People, July 2007; Awarded Gold Medal in All India Art Exhibition (Senior Category) at Travancore Art Gallaries, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi Organised by Agnipath April 2006; Awarded Gold Medal in All India Art Exhibition (Senior Catagory) at Lalit Kala Academy Art Gallery Organised by Agnipath Sept. 2005; Awarded M.F. Hussain Certificate of Merit Organised by Heart Care Foundation of India - 1991; Consolation Prize on the Spot Poster Competition Organised by J.M.I. New Delhi - 1988-89.


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