Critically acclaimed artist and poet Sadequain is among only a handful of Pakistanis whose name and work would transcend through centuries. Sadequain’s contribution to the field of arts is enormous, his contribution to the field of Literature is immense, and his contribution to the nation is unparalleled and unsurpassed by academic standards or in its monetary value. He did not simply produce ordinary paintings to earn a living, but painted monuments and donated all to mankind. If sold in current market, his work is worth more than a billion dollars, but he preferred to own no worldly possessions at the time he passed away in 1987.
The newspaper Le Monde of Paris, France commented in its April 1964 edition: “The multiplicity of Sadequain’s gifts is reminiscent of Picasso.” The Khaleej Times of UAE published in its June 20, 1980 edition a story titled: “Renaissance of Islamic Calligraphy. A mystic artist from Pakistan, who has become a legend in his own time.” His monumental murals are an unparalleled body of artistic genius in the region. The number and surface area of his murals exceeds that of Michelangelo and Diego Rivera combined. If he had done only his murals, even then he would have been the greatest artist of the region. The Urdu language book published in India, Tanqeed-e-Rubai, called Sadequain the greatest modern day poet of the genre. It is estimated that Sadequain painted more than 15,000 pieces of artwork consisting of murals, paintings, drawings, and calligraphies. He composed thousands of quatrains and published them in four volumes.