Serene Vibrance

Akhtar Mummunka


I come from Cholistan desert, land of the lost river, Sarasvati. I draw inspiration from sand dunes being shaped and re-shaped by the desert winds, the yellow of the mustard fields, and the burning bright cholis worn by Rohi Dian Juttian (desert maidens).

It was at Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur, that I received formal training in painting from Mr Ali Imam and Mr Bakhshish Abbas, our country’s finest art teachers. Thereafter, I have been on my own, painting, experimenting, and exhibiting.

My time in Spain serving as manager for PIA provided me with a golden opportunity to meet some of the most influential Latin American and European painters and art critics, including Don Jose Maria Marino Galvan. He was an absolute authority in European art circles, highly respected by great Spanish painters like Miro, Salvador Dali and Picasso. He helped me hold my first solo exhibition in Madrid, followed by Barcelona and Ciudad Real (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), and Cap d’Agde (France).

I have also had exhibitions in Alexandria and Cairo (Egypt), and solo shows in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi (Pakistan).