From the highways to the skies: Pakistan’s famed truck art goes airborne – art and culture


Pakistan’s famed truck art will move from its highways to the skies, as a flying academy is portray a two-seater Cessna aircraft with the colourful mastery.

With elaborate and flamboyant motifs, Pakistani truck art has inspired gallery exhibitions in a foreign country and prompted stores in Western cities to sell miniatures.

“We wish to show the world that Pakistan isn’t all approximately Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and terror issues; it a very diverse country and a land of opportunities,” Imran Aslam Khan, chief operating officer of Sky Wings, a flight training organisation, told Reuters.

He also plans to paint other aircraft, with the aim of promoting tourism in Pakistan.

Such art has develop into one of Pakistan’s best-known cultural exports in recent times. UNESCO, as an example, has been the usage of truck art, blended with indigenous themes, to elevate girls’ education in a northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

“The world is familiar with our truck art representation; now, with this aircraft, our colours will fly in the air. We are truly excited,” Haider Ali, the artist portray the aircraft, told Reuters at the academy’s hangar.

Trained by his father, Ali, 40, has been decorating trucks since his childhood and is now one of the prominent such painters in Pakistan.

Ali hopes to paint an Airbus or Boeing aircraft at some point, saying an possibility to work on such gargantuan planes would in point of fact be a learning experience.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. )

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