Born in 1984, Addnan is based in Lahore. He completed his undergraduate in Visual Communication Design from National College of Arts, Lahore in 2009 and graduate program in Art and Design Studies from Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore in 2014.
He started teaching Photography at National College of Arts, Lahore (2015) also teaches Graphic Design, Drawing and History of Art at National College of Business Administration and Economics, Lahore (2016-2017). Currently, teaching drawing and Visual Communication Design at National College of Arts, Lahore.
Currently Addnan got ADA Award – Honorable Mention in Drawing Category in Art – ADA Awards 2020-2021. Adnan nominated for the Jameel Prize 6 (2021), Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2020 and 2019. Adnan got scholarship of South Asia Foundation (SAF) Madanjeet’s Singh Institute for South Asian Studies in his master’s program from 2012-2014.
Currently Addnan selected for a residency program ‘’Ecologies of Displacement’’ Summerhall, Edinburgh and Koel Gallery, Karachi funded by British Council and Creative Scotland. Adnan had done an artist residency “Project 12.0” at 12.0 Contemporary, Islamabad 2019.
Solo exhibitions include: Solitude is Togetherness at ArtSoch Contemporary Lahore (2021) Kaamosh Qadam at Chawkandi Art Gallery Karachi (2020); Earth Cover at Koel Gallery, Karachi (2019), Excavations at Rohtas 2 Gallery, Lahore (2018), Enigmatic Spaces at Koel Gallery, Karachi (2017), Unfolding Matters at Sanat Initiative Gallery, Karachi (2015).
Selected group exhibitions include: New In City at OaSrt Space, Llahore (2021);Re-examine / Retrace: A Print making Project by Adeel Uz Zafar and R.M. Naeem at AAN Ideas Gandhara Art Space Karachi (2021); Landscape of Memory Curated by Sana Bilgrami and Maliha Peracha at Koel Gallery Karachi (2020); disCONNECTED: Curated by Till Ansgar Baumhauer and Denise Ackermann at Motorenhalle Dresden, Germany (2020); Dialogs (2019): Contemporary Connections A project by Alessio Guano at Atelier97 Arte Contemporanea, La Spezia Italy (2020); Alienation at Art cade Islamabad; Visualizing Experiences at NHQ Art Gallery Lahore (2020); Lost at Lacuna Festivals Spain (2020); Tapestry of Fading Gardens at 1×1 Art Gallery, Dubai (2020); Of the Moments at 12.0 Contemporary, Islamabad (2020); Traces of Memory at 12.0 Contemporary, Islamabad (2019); Dialogue between Traditions and Modernity IAF19 Sir Syed Memorial, Islamabad (2019); Beyond the Waters Curated by Amra Ali at Koel Gallery, Karachi (2019); The Autonomous Draughtsman at Tanzara Gallery, Islamabad (2019); Art for Education: Contemporary artist from Pakistan (Charity Auction) curated by Salima Hashmi & Rosa Maria Falvo at Carlo Maria Martini Diocesan Museum Milan (2018); Boiling Springs Art Exhibition of Pakistan Belt and Road Suzhou University Museum Beijing China (2018); Between the Dots at O Art Space, Lahore (2018); Who is Afraid of Art? curated by Asad Hayee at Alhamrah Arts Council, Lahore (2018); Imago Mundi: Luciano Benetton Collection Lines in the Sand: Contemporary Art from Pakistan curated by Amanullah Mojadidi Venice Biennale, Italy (2018); Distorted Paradigms at Satrang Art Gallery, Islamabad (2017); Museum of Wasted Love at Full Circle Gallery, Karachi (2016); Open Fields curated by Aasim Akhtar at Pakistan National Council of Arts with the collaboration of American Embassy, Islamabad (2016); Migration and Movement, Close Together project by Voice Breaking Boundaries, Houston (2014-2015).