دیدبان شمارہ 11 کے مصور اسرار فاروقی
Asrar Farooqi spent his childhood years in Bahawalpur struggling as an artist. Right from the beginning, he faced great opposition from his family for his interest in art. At the same time as his interest in art grew, his interest in studies dwindled. When he was seventeen, in 1997 he took the bold step of leaving his family and hometown, to start a new life in Lahore. He learnt the art of painting at large scale for cinema sign-boards, in Lahore. So, as a teenager he was supporting himself and his parents through his artwork. He also grew more interested towards conventional art. Lahore being the hub of the art world somehow missed out on Asrar's art education, which he finally received when he shifted to Islamabad in 2002. He came into contact with maestros like Mansoor Rahi and Ghulam Rasulin the field of art. At the same time he started his own advertising business and worked as a portrait artist. It was at the age of twenty two, that Asrar met Ghulam Rasul who advised him to start original creative work of his own. Asrar stayed with him for some time at his residence, working in his studio, while observing the great artist at work. The next great impact on his work was by Mansoor Rahi who, was just the kind of person he needed as a guide and mentor. He was the one to answer Asrar's insatiable questions on different aspects of art. His guidance helped Asrar to find his own creative style. Through Mansoor Rahi, Asrar gained his own space in the world of art. Now, he is member of the Generation Rahi which is one the most prominent art groups in the capital. Here, he was introduced as a professional artist for the first time 2015. The dynamic bold strokes which are at once bold and vibrant show the present day city scenes. The typical local wagons decorated in a truck art style and rickshaws, the old dilapidated buildings, the hustle bustle of the bazar scenes, are all depicted in his paintings.