Khalil Najmi is a medallion portrait artist from Pakistan who carves high finishing portraits in Bas-relief; he recently painted a portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan. His hand carved portraits on wood serve as patterns for coins and medals.
As a young boy in the 1960s, Khalil used to draw in his sketch book regularly. His first attempt to sketch a portrait was inspired by the handsome photo of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan in Time Life magazine. Subsequently, in the 1980s, Khalil developed the skills to hand carve relief portraits on wood.
In 2010, he carved a portrait of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan; from this portrait, he produced a medallion on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan’s Imamat.
In July 2020, he carved a portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan on wood based on the official photo taken during the Diamond Jubilee of his Imamat, and also painted a portrait. He aspires to present this portrait to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Khalil Najmi can be reached at https://www.flickr.com/photos/khalil_najmi/51204522180/