I completed my formal education from Lahore and obtained a degree in fashion design. I moved to Cairo in 2001 and spent nearly three years there extensively traveling in the region, observing, studying and absorbing its rich and diverse culture. Its in Cairo that I first publicly exhibited my work. I  made Shanghai my home for more than a decade now where rich mandarin culture and history infused with modernity of the city is endlessly inspiring. I devote my time between lecturing aspiring designers on a franco-Chinois platform and painting in my studio.


I  did not have any formal training in art besides fundamental drawing. I am a self taught painter developing my technique after carefully studying work by the artists of classic realism. My work celebrates nature, life and creative heritage of places that I have visited, lived in and loved. Amongst my avid supporters and toughest critics are my wife and two sons.

Irfan Cheema