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Born in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 26th 1951. After High School, Shakeel proceeded to the USA to study Fine Art Painting at Art Students’ League, New York. Later, in 1975, obtained Diploma in Fine Art Painting from Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Karachi, Pakistan.
Since the first One Man Show in 1972 at Portland, Maine, USA, Shakeel has participated in numerous group shows and solo shows.


From 1984, he has held positions as a lecturer of Fine Arts in Karachi, Pakistan and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, teaching Realistic Oil Painting and Portraiture.

“Shakeel Siddiqui can be compared to a point with the 19 century American painter John F. Peto, who painted used, worn-out things like torn envelopes, handbills, dog-eared books, old photos, threads and letter racks in minutest details. ”  ---Dr. Akbar Naqvi, IMAGES AND IDENTITY: FIFTY YEARS OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE IN PAKISTAN.

 

“Those who have seen Shakeel’s work will agree that the super-realist does not conform to the contemporary trends in art. His compositions are finished in photographic detail, true to light and color. One cant think of any other artist in Pakistan who practices this genre of painting.”--- Romana Hussain, STAR WEEKEND.

“Like art itself, concepts and beliefs in art also keep changing. However, Shakeel’s choice to paint in the realistic manner can be regarded as a sign of courage and an act of out of the ordinary—amid the abstract and semi-abstract daubing around.”--- Quddus Mirza, THE NEWS, Lahore.

 

“Shakeel is the only artist in Pakistan seriously painting in new realism. Because his production is limited (he paints at night and spends an average of sixty working hours per painting), his many admirers must place their orders in advance to ensure themselves a painting. Shakeel’s technical quality is flawless-years of detailed portraiture put to good use.”--- Marcella Nesom, CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS IN PAKISTAN.

 

“Such a forceful and deeply colorful image couls not have been caught by the camera.”
--- S. Amjad Ali, PAINTERS OF PAKISTAN.

 

“His long years of dedication and devotion has certainly given unique touch to his art which displays a high mark of polish and finesse.” --- Hameed Zaman, NEWS INTERNATIONAL.

 

“Shakeel Siddiqui is a super-realist who has perfected a trompe l’oeil technique so that his paintings have an uncanny faithfulness to the objects rendered. Nothing escapes his consciousness. Yet the painting is much more than a reproduction of mundane objects, there are tantalizing glimpses of a particular life, detectable clues.” Marjorie Hussain, THE DAILY DAWN.