"In his own words; “History has always been a source of inspiration for me. I try to highlight its importance through my work.” The value of A.Q. Arif’s landscapes lie in the fact that they represent the spirit of his soil and roots with an unrivaled intensity. Mughal Architecture, famous Sufi shrines or even newer structures that show inspiration from the history form the core of his work.
A.Q. Arif is a modern painter in the sense that he uses modern techniques to execute his paintings. Graduating from the Karachi School of Art in 1996, Arif has come a long way to the present status as a painter. He has extensively exhibited his works in Pakistan as well as in the UK, USA, UAE, Hong Kong and India"