Born in 1968, Mirpurkhas, Pakistan, R.M. Naeem graduated in Fine Arts with distinction from National College of Arts, Lahore in 1993. Naeem is part of the permanent faculty (Assistant Professor) since 1994 at NCA and in 2019 became Associate of National College of Arts, Lahore Pakistan.
In the past twenty-six years, he has held 18 solo shows both in Pakistan and abroad and curated various important shows of local and international artists. In addition, his work has been exhibited in numerous important group shows nationally and internationally, including The Asian Art Biennale Dhaka Bangladesh 2004 and 2006, The International Artists' Biennale Iran 2006, The Pyeongtack International Art Festival Lake Museum Korea 2006 and 2007, Art Expo Malaysia 2010, Slick Art Fair Paris 2010 France, Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2011 and Affordable Art Fair Melbourne 2012, Australia, India Art Fair 2014, Delhi India, Sindh art fair 2014, Karachi, Pakistan, Jaipur art summit 2014, Jaipur India, and in 2012 he got selected for Saatchi online artist, 100 curators 100 days show, 2019 Tsinghua University Art Museum, Shanghai, China , Karachi Biennale2017, Karachi biennale 2019 etc. Other countries that have shown his work at various times are Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Paris, USA, UK, Germany, Norway, Canada, etc.
As a participant in various juried art residences, he has attended 17 various art camps and residencies abroad over the course of his career. He has also conducted various art-counseling workshop in Pakistan and abroad. In 2015, he was selected by the Embassy of China to experience Chinese art & culture and represent Pakistani art and art education in six cities of China. He represented Pakistan in New York at “New Pathways, Contemporary Art from Pakistan” curated by Tanzara Art Gallery, organized by Pakistan Embassy, United Nations. Since 1994, he has been promoting art through education at his studio ‘STUDIO RM’. In 2008, he initiated the Studio RM (International) Residency program in Lahore, Pakistan. He was invited for Erasmus+ international credit mobility staff teaching week at Middlesex University, London in 2018.
R.M. Naeem’s work has garnered several scholarships, awards and prizes in Pakistan, including the Provincial Best Painter Award 1991 and 1992, First Prize Best Short-Short Film category in Punjab Film Festival 2014, Lahore, Summer Film Festival 2014, Mainz (Shortlisted), Kunsthalle Mainz 2014 (Shortlisted) and National Award of Excellence 2003. His work can be seen in various private and official collections and has been featured in both local and international art publications. Naeem lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.