A prominent artist, the works of Khuda Bux Abro reflects an earnest passion for social issues, and portrays these issues effectively. Born in Hyderabad in 1957, he has dabbled in every form of the visual arts. A prolific artist, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, calligrapher, cartoonist, and blogger. He has held several exhibitions even before he joined the National College of Arts in Lahore. An activist to the core, his work deals with social themes and issues ranging from human rights to dictatorial regimes. His intent is to get the message out, with little interest in commercial success. His sensitivity to the plight of women, and his desire for regional peace, are all expressed strongly in his work. His eye for vibrant colors is as apparent in his photos as in his paintings. He works with Dawn as an illustrator.
Khuda Bux Abro also designed the poster of Children’s literature Festival Karachi 2014.
Batool Nasir has been working with OUP Karachi since September 2002, and is currently employed as the ‘Manager Creative Services/Design’. She has over 15 years of hands on practical experience in graphic/publishing design. Not only is she fully conversant with all major modern design development softwares, but is also a highly skilled photographer who pursues photography as an art form. Over the years, she has attended numerous events, ranging from workshops, conferences, seminars, lectures to courses on design in publishing, marketing, sales, communication arts, photography, and audio-visual materials production. Her specialties include typography, book layout and design, commercial design, communication design and management design projects.
Batool Nasir designed the poster of Children’s literature Festival Lahore 2011.
Rumana Husain co-founder of the Book group in 1988, focusing on children‟s Urdu language books. She has written and illustrated over 40 children‟s books and numerous teacher‟s manuals for the Book group, Oxford University Press, the Education Research and Development Centre (ERDC) and for Peak Publications. She has conducted a number of teacher-training workshops in Pakistan. In October 2010 she was invited to attend a children‟s book festival in South Korea as an illustrator for a Peace Story book, an anthology with 22 stories from around the world. She is the author of the book „Karachi wala: a subcontinent within a city’ -a coffee-table book about Karachi‟s communities, and is a co-founder and Senior Editor of Nukta Art, a biannual (international) magazine for contemporary arts published since 2005. From 2001 to 2008 she worked as Head, Activist and Outreach of an NGO, the Children’s Museum for Peace and Human Rights (CMPHR). From 1986 to 1996 she was Headmistress of the junior section of The C.A.S School, and later as the senior school‟s Vice Principal. She has taught art, environmental studies and illustrations at the Karachi Grammar School, The C.A.S School, and the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture respectively. She is the founding editor of AYE Karachi! - A bilingual quarterly city guide and features magazine.
Rumana Hussain designed the poster of Children’s literature Festival 2012 Quetta.
M. Akram Dost Baloch is one of the founding members of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Balochistan. He is also the director of ‘Mehrgarh Studio’, and is a member of the Board of Governors, National College of Arts, in Lahore. He developed a keen interest in the history, arts and crafts of his regional homeland, and much of that was incorporated in his work. His bold and reflective paintings are emblematic of Pakistan’s prevalent socio-economic conditions, and frequently have mask like faces and figures. Mr. Baloch has had over 20 solo exhibitions all over Pakistan. His numerous group exhibitions, however, have given him international exposure as well. In 2004, Akram Baloch received the President’s Pride of Performance, the highest art award in Pakistan.
Akram Dost Balochistan designed the poster of Children’s literature Festival 2012 Quetta.
Fauzia Minallah is an artist/writer hailing from the Hazara region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Her passion for art and books is an outcome of her activism for heritage, conservation, environmental and social matters. Through children’s literature, she raises issues of peace, tolerance and justice. Her involvement with children is through a platform that she has provided to them in the shape of an NGO called ‘Funkor Child Art Centre’, carrying out art and book reading workshops for children living in shanty towns, for special children; refugee and Internally Displaced children (IDPs) and so on. Funkor distributes picture books and notebooks with messages on hygiene, sanitation and environment protection, free of charge among children. Funkor was short listed for the Bremen Peace award in Germany in 2009 as one of the nominated projects and organizations which are exemplary in their work for peace, justice and integrity of creation. Fauzia’s book ‘Sadako’s Prayer’ is published by the Asian Network of Trust in six different languages, and is the winner of the Hiroshima Citizen’s Award for Peace Education. She is also the winner of the Ron Kovic Peace Prize, USA in 2010. Fauzia is the only female editorial cartoonist of Pakistan to have won the All Pakistan Newspaper award for best cartoonist. For the CLF 2012, she will introduce her cartoon character Amai – ‘The Bird of Light’. It is a magical bird made of light and a million tiny stars that can turn into a shooting star and take children on exciting adventures around the world.
Fauzia Minallah designed the posters of Children’s literature Festival Islamabad 2014 & 2013.