Ufaq Altaf is a Lahore-based practicing artist who trained in traditional Miniature painting. She completed her master’s degree from The National College of Arts, Lahore in 2021. She also learned digital design, Photography, Islamic Calligraphy, and Illumination to enhance her artistic expression. Her studio practice explores cultural history, identity, religion, and power while using patterns. Often hybridizing historic and contemporary aesthetics. Contrary to Mughal miniature paintings that are celebrated to depict the elements of beauty and ornamentation, she believes that there are always two sides to a story, and this duality is an integral part of our world—beauty and ugliness, good and evil, day and night, peace and violence, love and hate. Through her art, Ufaq blurs the lines between reality and fabrication, emphasizing that our existence is shaped by choices of play or being played.