Artist Spotlight: M.A. Bhatti

In honor of May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we take a closer look at the life and art of painter Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti. We are grateful to represent Bhatti, a contemporary master, and Pakistani American.

Bhatti works simultaneously on two bodies of artwork. We carry paintings from each of his series at Austin Galleries. Both of his approaches work in tandem to provide each collection with an exhilarating sensibility. We love the juxtaposition of the two approaches ~ one bold, expressive abstract; the other, Southwestern historical realism. Both collections are unique, yet when he works on one, it brings new ideas and energy to the other.

M.A. Bhatti M.A. Bhatti Light Behind the Darkness Bringing in the Strays Size: 18" x 24" Size: 24" x 30" $2,500 $4,500 Learn More Learn More

Dr. Bhatti was born in Pakistan. He first came to the US in the early 1990's on a student visa, to earn his MFA from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. He then earned his Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University, Athens. Bhatti and his wife had their son in the US, and Bhatti received dual citizenship. For a few years, he taught art at Ohio University. Bhatti and his family then moved back to Pakistan, where he taught at a local university. They lived in Pakistan until his wife passed in 2014. At that point, his son asked him to move back to the US to live with his son’s family in Lubbock,Texas. He later moved from Lubbock to Houston, where he now happily resides. On his trip from Lubbock to Houston he admired the wide-open spaces in his beautiful new home: Texas. The beauty of the Texas landscape inspired his paintings and became an integral part of his life's work. When he attended his first rodeo, he was inspired to paint cowboys and explore the history and culture of the American Southwest. His collection of realistic paintings also includes portraits of Native Americans who he met and learned from while attending Pow Wows.

M.A. Bhatti Chief of the Navajo size: 16" x 20" $3,500 Learn More

Bhatti loves American culture, and is grateful to Americans for accepting him as a United States citizen. Out of gratitude, he feels it is his duty to help promote American culture and history. Bhatti's outlook on Western genre painting evolved throughout his career. When he first approached galleries with his artwork, many had never met a Pakistani who painted the American Southwest. It felt as if they did not seem comfortable with it. He was turned down by many galleries and asked fellow artists why he might be having trouble gaining representation. They replied that some Americans may be biased against Muslims, that he should not use his name, or bring up the fa