Rashid Rana

Red Carpet - 4 | South Kensington | chromogenic print and Diasec mounted | 205 x 304 cm

“All of Rana’s works are about dualities; though many address the clichés of sex and violence, his newer works are more conceptually challenging, exploring the validity of history, social constructs of beauty and the ubiquitous digital mediation of everyday life.”

Ashley Lee, ArtAsiaPacific

Rashid Rana is one of Pakistan's most celebrated contemporary artists and has long enjoyed international exposure. Often consisting of images composed of smaller “pixels” made from other tiny images—sometimes violent, sometimes pornographic—Rana's artwork is a dynamic discourse that creates an open dialogue between aesthetics, imagery, technique, medium, and socio-political ideals that transcends geo-physical boundaries.

In his Veil series, for example, Rana subverts the traditional female portrait format by depicting a veiled woman constructed from a jigsaw of pornographic material sourced from the internet. “The thousands of naked women are as depersonalized as the women behind the veil” he explains. “Ultimately both kinds of women disappear.”

Rashid Rana was born in 1968 in Lahore, Pakistan. He graduated with a B.F.A. from National College of Arts, Lahore in 1992 and an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1994. Initially trained as a painter, in recent years Rana has been one of the pioneers of new media art in Pakistan. His work has been shown in London, Geneva, Shanghai, New York and New Delhi. He has participated in important group shows of contemporary Pakistani art including “Beyond Borders: Art of Pakistan,” at Mumbai’s National Gallery of Modern Art, and “Playing with a Loaded Gun: Contemporary Art in Pakistan,” at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, in Kassel Germany, and in at Apexart in New York, among others.

His work has also been included in international biennials and group exhibitions such as: the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennal, the Freewaves Media Festival, at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, and the Cairo International Biennale, where his contribution won the Hathor Prize.

Rana lives and works in Lahore, where he teaches as one of the founding faculty members at the Beaconhouse National University’s School of Visual Arts and Design.

Read More

Works by Rashid Rana

Specialists in South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art at Christie's

  • Sonal Singh
  • Deepanjana D. Klein PhD
    • South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
    • New York
    • International Head of Department
    • dklein@christies.com
    • +1 212 636 2189

More Specialists