AMIN GULGEE. BIOGRPHICAL NOTE

Amin Gulgee, an internationally renowned artist and performer, was born in 1969 in Pakistan, son of the famous Pakistani artist Ismail Gulgee. After graduating in "History of Art and Economics" at Yale University (U.S.A.), he began his artistic career, creating and exhibiting his works in Pakistan, the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

In Italy, he has never exhibited in Rome, but in 1998 and 2017 he took part in “OPEN – 20th International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installations", linked to the "Venice International Film Festival" and he will represent Pakistan at the next "International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale". He has held legendary performances, as an emerging artist in Pakistan, and in many museums in Europe and North America (Karachi, Lahore, Dubai, Nagoya, New York, Philadelphia, Dresden, etc.), the most recent in the Royal Albert Hall in London (2017).
In these performances, based mainly on words, signs and phonetics, he often involves other artists as well as the audience, in an artistic and creative contrast between East and West.

Besides, Amin Gulgee is an innovator of tradition. His main medium is metal and he draws inspiration from the rich and varied secular and spiritual history of his native country, Pakistan, with themes drawn especially from Hindu mythology, from Buddhist civilisation and from Islamic calligraphy. In his work these different components influence and nourish one another, as they all seek to represent the spirituality of man. The leading art critic of the “Washington Times”, Joanna Shaw-Eagle, wrote in her review of his personal exhibition at the FMI in 1999: “Amin Gulgee is an artist to watch both for the originality of his ideas and the sensuous, handsome quality of his work.”

In 1987 Amin Gulgee won the “Conger B. Goodyear Fine Arts Award” with his work-thesis on the Moghul gardens. In 2005 he received the prestigious “President’s Pride of Performance”, which is awarded only to exponents who have achieved iconic stature in their field of excellence, by the President of Pakistan. The Pakistani government commissioned him to create numerous pubic sculptures, including the following: Messaggio, for the Presidency of Islamabad; Minar for the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport in Karachi; Forgotten Text, standing 40 mt tall, for an important rotonda in Karachi.

He has taken part in numerous international collective exhibitions, among them: “Pakistan: Another Vision,” Brunei Gallery, London, UK (2000); Beijing Biennial (2003); “Beyond Borders,” National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (2005); “Paradise Lost,” WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2008); “Rites of Passage,” Ostrale, Dresden, Germany (2010) and “New Pathways: Contemporary Art from Pakistan,” UN Headquarters, New York, NY, USA (2016). He has also held more than thirty personal exhibitions in Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, UAE, India, UK, Portugal and USA , among which we recall the most recent: “Walking on the Moon”, Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malesya (2015); “Washed Upon the Shore”, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan (2015).
In 2017, following in the wake of the great international artists and curators, he conceived, planned and organised the "1st Karachi Biennale 17".