Waseem Ahmed is one of Pakistan’s leading miniaturists. As an alumnus of the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore he has been a member of the school of Contemporary Miniature Painting since the end of the nineties. The group uses traditional painting techniques and combines them with contemporary experimentation and subtle social critique. Ahmed was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1976. At an early age he was already showing considerable talent for drawing and soon started studying at the art academy in his hometown. There he focused on oil painting, through which he became acquainted with the motif repertoire of Western art. But at the NCA Ahmed increasingly discovered an interest in traditional miniature painting where, taught by an Ustad (an Urdu term, originating from a courtly context, denoting a studio master) he gained highest master status. Since completing his studies in 2000, Ahmed has been garnering international attention with his innovative and subtly critical miniatures executed with the finest intricacy. His works are shown all over the world, and are included in many significant collections.
Martina Stoye is art curator for the art of South and South East Asia at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst Berlin. Since 1985 she has been researching the art of South Asia. After five years of freelance curatorship at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, she was assistant professor of Indian art history at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1995 to 2001. She subsequently carried out research work on the Buddhist art of Gandhara (Pakistan), funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, and in 2007/2008 collaborated on the comprehensive Gandhara exhibition at the art and exhibition center in Bonn. Over many years she has led art-orientated study trips to India. Since May 2008 she has been supervisor of the Indian and South East Asian art collection of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst Berlin.