Yousuf Bashir Qureshi

Yousuf Bashir Qureshi’s talents and passions range from fashion design, photography and painting, to food science and farming. The cultivated man has been successful at anything he touches, Qureshi graduated from the University of Nebraska with a major in Food Sciences, a degree that would prepare him for his expected career as a landowner in the Interior Sindh of Pakistan. His transition into the art world began while he was working in the United States as a horse trainer, yet another unlikely inspiration. Qureshi’s creative streak was recognized immediately when he began to design clothes for himself for his work. The designs became very popular and brought an Indian cavalier charm to the horse shows. After graduation Yousuf opened a fashion café in Lincoln, Nebraska, called the Silk Café, after the Silk route that runs along the Pakistani border. It was here that Yousuf learned the technicalities and craftsmanship of fashion design. The designer moved to Los Angeles in 1997 where Hollywood noticed the unique South Asian artistry of Bashir’s aesthetics.

Yousuf Bashir returned to Pakistan in 2002, and noticed a Pakistan that was exuding with young talent, yet there seemed to be a missing link between the arts and the community. The patriotic designer, with a feudal background, felt that it was his responsibility to unite and embrace the artistic evolution that was taking place in his home country. Qureshi brought light to the concept of the Commune Artist Colony. His vision for the Colony is to provide a healthy environment for artists of fine and visual arts to work without boundaries.

Qureshi is involved in all aspects of the creation process, a true artisan. Indicted with the vision that he has been following for years­ teaching the young generation. Yousuf has always been involved in education, whether it is alternative or academic. He is a resident professor at Indus Valley School and also has been invited to speak for numerous courses around the world. This is an integral part of Bashir’s vision and future for Pakistan’s art community

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