Moeen Faruqi is an artist and writer living in Karachi. His paintings have been exhibited widely within Pakistan and internationally in Canada, Italy, Singapore, Bangladesh, UK and India. His upcoming show is at Canvas Gallery in Karachi. His poems have been published in various literary journals in Pakistan and abroad.
Moeen Faruqi has earned a strong reputation as a painter of alienation in the modern world. His work conveys the angst of existence in an urban setting. Reflecting a global culture, our cities have become increasingly similar and even interchangeable. This globalisation and uniformity also leads to greater estrangement and a sense of unbelonging.
Primarily narrative in nature, his work speaks through characters that stare out at the viewer, as if pleading for relief from distorted relationships and artificial interactions. Men, women, and even animals, enact an absurdist theatre that attempts to engage and elicit a response – perhaps of self-recognition – from the viewer. His latest work includes the Large Face series: bright, vivid and oversized portraits that affirm the uniqueness of each individual, in an atmosphere where fashion produces an ironic and disturbing homogeneity.