Komail Aijazuddin (b. 1984) is a visual artist and writer. He completed his BA degrees in Art & Art History at New York University, NY (2006) and his MFA from the Pratt Institute, NY (2010). His practice began as an investigation into what Islamic art might look like had it developed a figurative tradition. Using the Karbala narratives as a starting point, he drew comparisons with Catholic religious art. His practice has since expanded to include a larger vocabulary of religious art from various religious disciplines. He is interested in the intersecting notions of divinity, belief, blasphemy, the politicisation of religion, statehood and the question of what constitutes personal faith. He lives and works in New York City and Lahore. For Chapel of the Gilded Rage, 2020, he draws upon his experiences growing up in Lahore and pays homage to his memories.
Komail Aijazuddin
Baroque Boy 1
Oil and gold leaf on canvas
34 x 34 inches