Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, who was known more popularly as Sadequain Naqqash, was a world-renowned Pakistani artist who was best known for his calligraphy and painting.
Considered one of the finest painters and calligraphers Pakistan has EVER produced, he was a Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz holder.
He descended from a family of calligraphers. In the late 1940, Sadequain joined the Progressive Writers and Artists Movement.
He spent a lot of time in Paris, too, augmenting his skills.
Sadequain’s work is widely considered iconic by many critics of South-Asian art.
Here’s some information on his life:
1923 – Sadequain was born in Amroha
1954 – He had his first solo exhibition in Quetta
1955 – He had his first Mural hung at Jinnah Hospital, at exhibitions at Frere Hall and the residence of Mr. Suhrawardy, the one who discovered him in the first place
1960 – He was awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and first prize in National Exhibition
1961 – Sadequain was awarded “Laureate de Paris”
1962 – He was rewarded with the President’s Medal of Honor, Mural at State Bank of Pakistan, and exhibitions in France
1963 – He visited USA and had several exhibitions
1964 – He Illustrated “L’Etranger”
1967 – He executed his mural at Mangla Dam
1968 – Sadequain executed his mural at Punjab University Library 1969 – Calligraphy of Sura-e-Rehman
1970- Sadequain finally produced a masterpiece collection of rubaiyyat, which was adjudged for first prize by the Literary Society of Pakistan. He later also published a book of Rubaiyyat privately: Rubaiyyat-e-Sadequain-Naqqash.
1973 – He had his first Mural hung in the Lahore Museum
1974 – Various exhibitions in Middle East and Eastern Europe 1976 – Mural at National Bank of Pakistan, adjacent to GPO at Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore 1976 – T.V. Series Mojiza-e-fun 1977 – Islamic gallery established at Lahore Museum 1977 – Illustrated Ghalib
1979 – Mural in Abu Dhabi
1981 – Tour of India, murals at Aligarh, Banaras, Hyderabad, Delhi
1985 – Illustrated Faiz Ahmad Faiz
1986 – Mural at Frere Hall
Sadequain died in 1987, and in 2000, Sadequain Institute of Arts & Information Technology (SIMSIT) was made to pay tribute to all of his remarkable work and his immense input to Pakistan art.