Hazim Numanagić, son of father Ibrahim and mother Bedrija, was born in 1960 in the city of Fojnica. His first steps in calligraphy were initiated by his father Ibrahim, who steered his drawing talent towards calligraphy. While obtaining his degree in Oriental studies at University of Sarajevo, he met Ešref Kovačević who was one of the greatest calligraphers in the former Yugoslavia, and who eventually became his teacher. Thus Hazim became linked to the chain of the Bosnian calligraphers, as Kovačević has been taught calligraphy by Imam Rizviћ, who obtained his calligraphy skills from Imam Behaj Sikirić. Imam Sikirić was taught calligraphy by his father, Imam Šakir Sikirić, who is Hazim's great-grandfather on the mothers side.
Numanagić obtained his bachelors degree in 1987, and independently (with the periodical help from Ešref Kovačević) improved his calligraphy knowledge and skill. His works were exhibited for the first time in 1991, jointly with Kovačević's works in Bosnian Cultural Centre in Sarajevo. The first independent exhibition of Numanagić's works, organized by Bosnian Cultural Society "Preporod", took place in Sarajevo in 1996. This exhibition was subsequently held in almost all larger cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mostar, Zenica, Tuzla and so on). He also participated at the First World Festival of Islamic Calligraphy in Tehran, Iran, in 1997. Among 1,100 candidates, only 400 of them were selected to display their works at the final exhibition, and one of them was Hazim Numanagić with two of his works. Since then, Numanagić had various standalone and joint exhibitions both domestically and internationally.
Hazim Numanagić opened his calligraphy studio "Husni Hatt" (meaning "a beautiful writing" in Arabic) in Sarajevo, which is nowadays the only such studio in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Historically there used to be many such workshops and studios in Bosnia. However, the last one closed its doors at the beginning of 20th century.
Here is a short compilation of newspaper articles about us:
Bojan Fürst: Disappearing Arts
Published in the Toronto Star, 4th January 2007
Ibrahim Krzović: Izložba kaligrafije
Published in the Most magazine, September 2004
Isnam Taljić: Blago na duvaru
Published in the Ljiljan magazine, 4th February 2005
Edina Kamenica: Na Alifakovcu kradu stare nišane
Published in Oslobođenje, 6th September 2007
A. Jahić: Pokušavam oživjeti kaligrafski sadržaj
Published in Oslobođenje, 15th May 2007
Elma Duvnjak: Umjetnik lijepog pisanja
Published in Nezavisne novinae, 10th June 2007
A. D.: Hazim Numanagić jedini je kaligraf na Balkanu
Published in Dnevni Avaz, 24th November 2007