Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw (b. 1974, Calcutta, IN) lives and works in London, UK. Studied BA Fine Art (1998-2001) and MA Fine Art (2001-2002) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK. Shaw’s intricate and labor-intensive paintings and drawings combine images of fantasy, sexuality, violence, and beauty. Incorporating gems, rhinestones, glitter, and metallic enamel paints, he creates not only provocative visual experiences but also an ironic commentary on material opulence. Select solo exhibitions include Self Portraits, White Cube Bermondsey, London (2016); White Cube at Glyndebourne, Glyndebourne Festival (2016); New Sculptures and Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2015); Paradise Lost, Pace Gallery, New York (2013); Raqib Shaw, Manchester Art Gallery (2013); Of Beasts and Super-Beasts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2012); Paradise Lost, White Cube, London (2011); Absence of God, White Cube London (2013); Absence of God, Karlsplatz Project Space, Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna (2013); Raqib Shaw At the Met, The Metropolitan Museum, New York (2008); and Art Now, Tate Britain (2006). Select group exhibitions include Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2015); Eurasia, A View on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2014); Manchester Art Gallery (2013); The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia (2012); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012); The First Kyiv International Biennale Arsenale, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Ukraine (2012); Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012); East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan (2011); Kupferstichkabinett, Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London (2010); The Beauty of Distance, 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010); Nightmare Full of Unspeakable Things, Concept V, New York (2009); Taswir, Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin (2009); and The Power of Ornament, Belvedere, Vienna (2009). His work is held in public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art; and Tate.

Last updated: 15.03.2017

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