Afghanistan Art is alive in Afghanistan!

I began to learn about Afghan art when I met one of the most amazing Afghan men, M.Karim on that sunny day in 2008 when I stopped in at Karim's Bamyan Fine Art Gallery on Chicken Street in Kabul.

I have been amazed at the wonderful Afghan artists I've been honored to meet, interview, and tour their homes and art studios.


I'd like to introduce you to them below, and explain more about them here. Read their bios and take a look at their Afghanistan art... I'll be posting their art and making prints available soon.

Read about one hundred-year-old modern-art-story of Afghanistan. I wrote down what the Afghan masters had to say at a special gathering in my home of some of the top Afghan artists in Afghanistan late summer, 2009.

There are many different Afghanistan art initiatives highlighting the desires of Afghan people to express themselves through painting, photography, sculpture, writing, and art expos.

If you know of art initiatives not listed here, please let me know through the form below.

Art Books

  • Review of Images of Afghanistan

    Read about the book, Images of Afghanistan. This is a fantastic resource describing the culture of Afghanistan today. Get to know the authors of the book, Dr. Loewen and Dr. McMichael.

  • Additionally, my friend Joe Hoyt has put together a photography book of Afghanistan from the pre-war days.
  • Art Galleries

    Bamyan Fine Art Gallery

    A premier art gallery located at the beginning of Chicken Street in Kabul, Afghanistan. Make sure to stop in if you are visiting Kabul!

    Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan

    The CCAA is a unique center catering to the needs of Afghan Women Artists. Enjoy the video!

    Art History

    Senai Art High School

    Afghan Artists

    Art Styles

    • Abstract
    • Collage
    • Embroidery
    • Impressionism
    • Islamic Calligraphy
    • Modern Art
    • Realism

    National Art Collections

    A vastly improved National Museum is a wonderful place to visit down by the Palace.

    Kabul University Fine Art Department

    The Kabul Fine Art Department has over 700 students in its four-year program. Mr. Kabuli, an art professor at Kabul University, explains more about art at the school.

    What kinds of art are available?

    • Nooristani Furniture and Wood Carvings
    • Hand Embroidery - thread counting embroidery is exquisite!
    • Fine Art - collage, oil, pastels, chalk, embroidery, Islamic Miniatures, calligraphy, and more!
    • Lapis jewelry - Afghanistan has amazing Lapis mines and jewelry
    • Hand blown glass - Herat is famous for its blue glass
    • Marble - carved chess sets, goblets and much more

    See these types of Afghan arts if you visit the following

    • Turquoise Mountain at the Bala Khisar to see all sorts of native handicrafts
    • National Museum to see some ancient history - pieces dating back thousands of years are on display here!
    • Bamyan Fine Art Gallery - the largest private gallery in Afghanistan, where you can purchase luxury Islamic art!
    • Zardosie's - amazing fashionable Afghan clothing, handicrafts, including clothes to fit 18-inch dolls, barbie dolls, Christmas ornaments, Afghan style of course!
    • Chicken Street - a MUST if you're here - this is where you can have fun bargaining with shopkeepers, purchase handmade lapis jewelry, and of course rugs from all over Central Asia!

    Kabul Chicken Street

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