Lateef Ahmad Mir is a multidisciplinary artist, professional painter, a good calligrapher and an expert in live portraiture and sketching.
Hailing from Wahabpora area of Budgam district, he was passionate about painting from childhood and would take part in every painting competition at school level.
He knows different art forms like live portraits, sculpture, performance art, collage art, installation art, printmaking, drawing, art direction etc.
“I was not under any guidance until my 12th. I heard about fine arts after passing 12th and got admission at University of Kashmir,” he said.
In 2019, he completed bachelor’s degree in visual arts painting from the University of Kashmir where he got an opportunity to explore the art world.
Lateef, whose father is a handicraft (sozni) artist, included the handiwork of his father in the form of different paintings which have been widely appreciated by people.
He has made different paintings on Kashmir and its culture and is currently working on paintings on Kashmir culture including craft.
Currently, pursuing masters in fine arts (MFA) at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, he has the distinction of being the only artist in Kashmir who makes live sketches in 10 minutes and also draws live portrait paintings.
The 23-year-old multidisciplinary artist has won several awards and participated in dozens of regional and national art programs. He has also represented Jammu and Kashmir at the national level.
Lateef was honoured twice nationally & received the National Award by Tata Trust Kochi Biennale 2018-2019, National Award at National Youth Festival 2018, Ranchi University, Ranchi for the collective works.
He is also the artist who has set a record of keeping five awards in a single festival at Big Sonzal 2017. The young artist is keen to teach his art forms to aspiring artists.
“My father is my inspiration. He struggled and started shawl making when he was young and still he is doing the same work,” said Lateef.
“My father stitches with his needle and I am doing my art with my brush. Our culture is our base. One should not get discouraged when you know you are on a right path,” he added.