He has a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Peshawar University and graduated as a gold medalist in his craft. The International Watercolor Society has included a painting by him in a book featuring the works of eminent watercolorists from all over the world. Now, Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa artist Ali Sajid has another feather in his cap.

At the Maxi painting contest in Italy, Ali Sajid won the Daniel Smith Award in a competition in which a large number of artists from across the world participated. The competition rules stated that the paintings had to be produced on the spot.

Sajid’s forte in painting is bringing historical architecture to life. His mission, he says, is to honor Pakistan’s architectural heritage, and by focusing on it, draw the attention of viewers and relevant authorities to the need for preserving it.

The 35-year-old watercolorist lives in Peshawar and is a familiar sight for the residents, often setting up his easel and canvas in the busy marketplace in the city centre. Sajid feels that artistic creativity must have a responsible purpose, and he’s doing his bit by bringing the city’s architecture to life in his paintings.

In a country where artistic talent often goes unencouraged and unrecognized, Sajid thinks that participating in international competitions gives artists a chance to exchange ideas with like-minded people from all over the world, broadening their horizons.