Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti is an accomplished contemporary expressionist painter, who concentrates on themes that are inspired by the mysticism, people and current social issues around him. Born and raised in Pakistan, he attended local art institutions in his native country at an early age. Subsequently, he travelled to the United States and earned an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 1998. In his early career, he was inclined toward figurative art and became a competent portrait artist. Gradually, his fascination with contemporary abstract expressionism led to inspiration by mysticism, fantasy, and current socio-political conditions. For the last 30 years, he has painted and exhibited around the world, resulting in 35 solo exhibitions. His work is unique and found in many world-wide collections.
The visual interest in his paintings is heightened by multiple layers of acrylic, oil, resins, spray paint, randomly torn magazine and book pages, design patterns, and calligraphic elements which help him to create rich imagery. He utilizes intense, vibrant colors applied in bold strokes which enable him to generate an exciting character to his canvases. Mohammad’s art is a synthesis of his aesthetic sensibility and metaphysical versatility; a powerful expression of pride and vitality. This combination of the artist’s sensitivity and his technical versatility becomes a vehicle which allows him to explore interplay of exotic forms and shapes with freedom. His distinctive style, combination of subject matter, bold comparisons, and intense color is instantly recognizable. Collectors throughout the United States, as well as abroad, highly value and prize his work. Mohammad lives in Houston, Texas, and is associated with the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, AO5 Gallery in Austin, and artist-owned Archway Gallery in Houston. He currently teaches a variety of art classes, using a combination of demonstration and hands-on instruction, and has a large committed following of students. Visit his website: www.artistmohammadali.com
He has painted numerous official and private portrait commissions of prominent personalities in Pakistan, India, Malaysia, United States of America, Singapore, Thailand, and the Middle East.