Biography

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Noor Ali Chagani a Lahore-based artist works around a new-found medium: hand-made miniature terracotta bricks that he calls as his transforming unit, converting his thoughts of a miniature painter to a sculptor and sprout towards his interest in architecture. His work revolves around the concept of absence of home; his desire in search of a personal space that he can call his own. Feeling isolated as coming from a broken family he finds a dark void between himself and the world and finds ways of bridging the two by building his brick structures. His fascination towards the colossal walls is its strength and power that connote silence, standing alone in isolation as if punished yet standing next to them feels demeaning and weak. Chagani plays around this idea changing the perception of walls being obstructive and stagnant, adding a softer dimension that is alluring and alive.

Chagani received his BS Degree in Computer Science in Karachi and then later BFA in Miniature Painting from National College of Arts, Lahore and has since exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan, India, UK, Netherlands, Bahrain and United States. His recent much acclaimed group show ETHEREAL, at Leila Heller Gallery, New York curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer, upcoming project is producing works for LHG booth at Art Dubai 2015. He was nominated for the Prestigious Jameel Prize 2011, Victoria and Albert museum, UK. He was awarded with guest residency in Rijks Academy, Netherlands in 2012 and Riwaq Art Space residency in Bahrain 2013. Chagani’s artwork has been featured in numerous publications such as Las Angeles Times, Asia Pacific Arts, L’Opitimum n°23, Global Citizen 13 magazine, Nafas Art Magazine and several daily local newspapers.