Irfan Murtaza was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and has lived in the United States for the last 37 years. He began writing poetry at the age of 15, and he presented his work in his first mushaira in 1987. He is the founder and current president of the Urdu Writers Society Inc. which actively promotes Urdu literature in the US.
Best known for his poems dealing with love, he is a renowned poet who has published four books and released two CDs. Puraanay Gher Kay Mosam, Irfan’s first book, was published in 2002. In this collection, he relives his experiences in his homeland. This book has a universal message that appeals to any person who has left their homeland. Chanda, a collection of 88 love poems, was published in 2005. TasveeraiN, in which Irfan carries out imaginary conversations and interviews with 32 famous Urdu writers from the past, was also published in that same year. Dhanak Kay Rung Aur Tum was published in 2007, featuring another 125 love poems. Sulagti Rait Per Sajda is Irfan’s latest poetry book with 95 Urdu Ghazals. This book was released in April 2019.
Irfan’s travels have taken him around the world to read and promote his books in several countries: the United States, Pakistan, England, Singapore, and others. In the Urdu community, he is known worldwide for his poems “Jo Bhi Tha Keya Thora Tha”, “Ab Bhi Aysa Hota Hoga” and “Puraanay Gher Kay Mosam”.
Irfan is an accomplished artist and is known for paintings emphasizing historical structures, monuments, and, statues. His subjects, for both mediums, typically revolve around nature, painting, and taking photos of animals and landscapes. Irfan's paintings can be seen at www.ARTBYIRFANMURTAZA.com. One of Irfan's paintings has been placed in the Foreign Ministery of Pakistan's lobby at the Sahabzadah Yaqoob Khan Building. The Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Mr. Sohail Masood, and the Ambassador Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry received my painting on behalf of the Government of Pakistan. A copy of Irfan's painting PREIST-KING also has been placed at the National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi.
Recently, in 2021, Irfan Murtaza started his passion for calligraphy. Various samples of his work are exhibited on his new website www.CALLIGRAPHYZONE.com.