Murtaza Pardais, an Afghan painter by profession, is interviewed in Rochester, New York, in 2021 by C. Ryan Perkins, the South Asian Studies and Islamic Studies Curator at Stanford University. Mr. Pardais was born in 1960 in Surkhrud, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. In the interview, Pardais talks about his family, his education, and taking admission in the Fine Arts Department of Kabul University. He became faculty in the same institution in 1980 after completing his education, and was Professor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from 1980-1991. Pardais left Afghanistan in 1992 and came to Pakistan as a refugee. In the interview, he narrates the political conditions of Afghanistan in the 1970s and the difficulties he faced in crossing the border and starting a new life in Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Pakistan. In Pakistan, he began his professional activities as a painter and took part in art exhibitions to show his paintings to the public. With the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Pardais came to Chicago, Illinois, in 2000 as an Afghan refugee with his family, and now lives in Rochester, New York with his wife and eight children.