Farooq Mustafa

Farooq Mustafa

Lahore Cantt, Punjab, Pakistan

About Farooq Mustafa

Farooq Mustafa's works draws upon his own surroundings, often in a playful manner. By appropriating visually loaded imagery from his surroundings and transforming them into new works that can be experienced spatially and temporally. Farooq creates a self-derived environment from images loaded in the memory and surroundings to construct a new reality parallel to the original.
Farooq received his BFA in Visual Arts at the National College of Arts, Lahore before going on to the University of Tsukuba in Japan in 2002 where he completed the Post Graduate Research studies. Farooq Mustafa lives and works between Mito City, Japan and Lahore.


Delacroix once wrote that:
"What moves a man of genius, or rather, what inspires a man for his work, is not new ideas,
but his obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough".
During the journey of life, we all go through ambiguous phases either within ourselves or
in our surroundings. We remember that journey, like a dream, details of which become vague
with the passage of time. Unsure of what happened in the past was actual reality or just our imagination.
My work is a representation of that dream which I/ we are living in, through past and present. These are short stories of myself, my surroundings and my surreal imagination. Looking through myself I try to pick the ingredients from my surroundings and construct my own version of reality, narrative, vibrant yet ambiguous.
As a diasporic artist living in Japan, my works are inspired by the Illustrative and linear quality
of Japanese art and the Narrative style of story presentation in Indian Miniature yet also influenced by abstract expressionism.
This body of work is narrative and open with a touch of romanticism, leaving space for the viewers "own interpretation".


2002-2004 Post Graduate research Studies, Department of Arts and Design, Tsukuba University, Ibaraki Ken, Japan.
Major: Painting
2001-2002 One Year Certificate Course in Japanese from Mito International Japanese Language School, Ibaraki Ken, Japan.
1995-1999 Honours Graduate, National College of Arts, Lahore. Pakistan. 1999
Major: Painting