Born in 1973 in pakistan, Mughees Riaz is a nationally recognised artist, painter and art educator based in Lahore, Pakistan. Raiz embraced the artistic path at a young age due to huge art influence present in the immediate and extended family. In1992, for formal art education Raiz joined Department of Fine Arts, University of the Punjab Lahore Pakistan where he received his BFA, MFA and M.Phil degrees in the year 1997, 1999, and 2015 respectively.
Riaz is a prominent landscape artist and is best known for his landscape paintings, the genre closest to his heart aswell. He regards the legendary landscape artist Khalid Iqbal as an earlier inspiration and mentor. Raiz's own landscapes are not only aesthetically beautiful rendition of "Play of Light" but also offers his viewer several layers and meanings.
Within the medium of painting, Raiz's Oeuvre includes still life, portrait, drawing and figure compositions. Form is integral in his work and follows traditional pictorial fundamentals, but he also uses his signature symbolism to establish certain 'concept' through his work, that seeks viewer's own interpretation.
He is the recipient of National Excellence Award (Visual Art) at 8th National Exhibition of Visual Arts, organized by Pakistan, National Council of Arts, at Islamabad, Pakistan in 2003. He is a permanent faculty member at the Institute of Art and Design.
Exhibiting his work extensively since the year 1999 to date, Riaz has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions including Solo Exhibition at “Ejaz” Art Gallery Lahore, Pakistan,2014. “Canvas Art Gallery” Karachi Pakistan 2011, Preview at the “Drawing Room” Gallery Lahore Pakistan 2011, Solo Exhibition at “Nomad” Art Gallery Islamabad, Pakistan 2009, at “Ejaz” Art Gallery Lahore, Pakistan 2008, “Canvas” Art Gallery Karachi, Pakistan, 2007 Preview at “Mughees Riaz” Studio Lahore, Pakistan,2007, Solo Exhibition at "Khas" art gallery Islamabad, Pakistan,2007, Solo Exhibition at “Canvas” Art Gallery Karachi, Pakistan, 2004, Solo Exhibition at “Ejaz” Art Gallery Lahore, Pakistan, 2001.
He has taken part in numerous group shows including “Silk Color” Group exhibition of Painting at Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore; Group exhibition of Painting with renowned Chinese Artist at Beijing China; “9 Narrative” Group exhibition of Painting at Gallery 6, Islamabad; 10 Artist Group Show at Studio Seven Art Gallery, Oxford Tower, Dubai; 11 Artist Group Show at Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi; 4 Artist Group Show “Symbols of life” at Mussawir Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE; 11-Artist live Auction Items, "Concern worldwide Summer Party" London, U.K; “Ambassadors of Pakistan” 12 Artist Group Show at Gallery 6 Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan; 12-Pakistani Artists Exhibition at “East West center” Hawaii, USA; Pakistani Artists Group show at “Taj Mahal Palace & Towers” Mumbai, India; 12-Pakistani Artists Group Show at Pratidev Art Gallery Kensington, London.
Riaz's work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections both in the Pakistan and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.