Born in Faisalabad in a religiously conservative family, Javed decided to move to Karachi in 1973 to pursue art education. It was a visit to Sadequain’s exhibition that inspired him to learn art and become an artist. He joined Karachi School of Art where he learned painting and sculpture in 1973 and graduated with diploma in Fine Arts in 1977.
He continued to show his work at regular intervals and throughout remained a full-time artist. Though he was a popular painter, he was drawn to experiment with other disciplines; printmaking, sculpture, calligraphy and ceramics.
Javed held 15 solo exhibitions and participated in a number of group exhibitions in Pakistan, Japan, USA, England, India, Dubai, China and Bangladesh.