PhD in Fine Arts, 1998 Ohio University Athens, USA.
Mohammad Ali Bhatti is a professor and director at the Institute of Art and Design, University of Sindh, Jamshoro. He graduated in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Sindh and then acquired his Master’s degree in 1978 from Punjab University, Lahore. Later, he proceeded to the United States and did his Master’s and then PhD in Fine Arts, in 1991 and 1998 respectively. After this he immediately returned back to serve his alma mater, enriched with the knowledge, skills and experience of working, learning and teaching in the United States.
Mohammad Ali Bhatti prefers a realistic approach when it comes to painting and has had the privilege of painting official and private portraits of numerous prominent personalities all over the world, including portraits of Quaid-e-Azam, a former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Pir Pagara, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and several Senators of the United States of America. A painter like no other, who has not only painted but has also represented Pakistan in a positive manner, Mohammad Ali has made us proud and has inspired many aspiring artists all over.
In his own words, “Portrait painting has been my first passion and capturing the inner character and personality of the sitter always fascinates me. Initially, I was greatly inspired by the old masters, however with the passage of time, the open and bold styles of contemporary portrait painters has also attracted me. For me painting is like playing music, I enjoy the subtleties of dynamic compositions, synchronizing colour tones, textures, dancing and twisting bold brush strokes. My paintings combine realism and expressionism, carrying the enigma of existence, both on the real and the ideal levels, that’s why I call my paintings “realistic expressions.” I prefer oil painting on canvas which allows me a lot of freedom to manoeuvre compositions, playing with colours, spontaneity and texture of the surface. I select common people as my subject, highlighting both the reality and non-reality of social situations. I depict the struggling souls of Sindh in particular and Pakistan in general. As an artist, I strongly believe that, art has the power of moulding the soul of the world through the splendours of colour, beauty and aesthetic allusions”.
Mohammad Ali Bhatti is not only an expert in painting portraits, but also catches the ambiance of the subject, the shadow shapes, the darks, the lights, and the transitioning tones. He creates details with applying minimal brush strokes which is not an easy job. His finished pieces appear to glow and appear to emit their own light which causes us to sense a life-like quality to his work.