Widely considered to be most original and prominent artist working in South Asia today, Rashid Rana lives and works in Lahore. He emerged in the early years of this century as the most energetic and productive representative of an entirely new kind of art from Pakistan. Distinct for his ideas, imagery and pictorial strategies, Rashid Rana has worked in dramatically different modes, such as paintings, stainless steel sculptures, video installation, photo-sculptures and photo mosaics.
He has shown extensively at various public and private institutions all over the world, including Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi; Singapore Art Museum; Hong Kong Art Center; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Musée Guimet, Paris; FotomuseumWinterthur; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Saatchi Gallery, London; Lower Belvedere, Vienna; the Asia Society, New York, USA; Kemper Art Museum, St Louis, USA; National Fine Arts Museum, Taichung; House of World Cultures, Berlin; Institute of the Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester UK; Asia House, London, UK; Royal Academy, London, UK; 5th Asia Pacific Triennale, Queensland Gallery of Art, Australia; 3rd Fukuoka Triennale, Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan, Venice Biennale 2015. 1st Singapore Biennale; 1st Kiev International Biennale: ARSENALE, Kiev
Primarily known for his artistic practice, Rana in fact occupies multiple simultaneous profiles; he is the founding faculty member and current Dean of the School of Visual Arts and Design at the Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. He converges and mediates between artist, curator, academic and visionary with a common thread of an unfixed and non-prescriptive view of geography and identity. He states ‘my art-making, exhibition-making and curriculum-making overlap and converge. To me, these different practices are all forms of production.
Rana has recently been granted the prestigious game changer Asia Art Award by Asia Society along with Hiroshi Sugimoto, Kimsooja and Hon Chi Fun.