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Jamali was born in February 1946, the eldest son of six children, to an aristocratic family in Peshawar, Pakistan. A member of the elite upper class, Jamali was first trained at home with tutors and then a British military academy from which he was expelled at age 16. At this time he began his first excursions into the desert and came to live among the Sufi, a religious group devoted to worship through dance. The Sufi belief in life of inner calm and reflection was to have great influence on the young Jamali and his future art, for these elements are the very basis for his artwork.
His distinct style involves a most unique process. After preparing a ground of pure tempera pigment, he does a meditative dance whereby he arranges his composition with his feet. The aesthetic, which the artist lets “gestate” outdoors, often includes natural debris such as leaves and twigs, as well as an occasional footprint of a passing lizard. The resulting layered and cured surface becomes cracked and beautifully weathered lending Jamali his unique style.
Preeminent art critic, Donald Kuspit heralds Jamali as the originator of the Mystical Expressionist school of painting, and calls Jamali the most innovative artist since Jackson Pollock. A humble man at heart, Jamali believes that authentic art comes from spiritual guides and that human beings are but intermediaries of a larger message.
Jamali settled in the U.S. in 1976, whereupon he recognized his calling and has devoted his life to painting, discipline and meditation in his Florida Studio ever since.