Rashid Rana (Pakistani, b. 1968) is a visual artist of high esteem in Pakistan. His work is included in many exhibitions throughout Pakistan and around the world. Rana's works include abstractions on canvas, installation art, photography, video performances, billboards, and collages. Rana graduated from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, with a BFA in 1992. He continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston, MA, and received an MFA in 1994. He now serves as an associate professor at the School of Visual Arts and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Much of Rana's work has a political edge and includes satire of pop culture.

One thing that sets Rana's work apart from his Pakistani contemporaries is that he made the move from his traditional training in painting and sculpture to embrace modern media devices such as video, film, and digital photography. Rana has developed a global presence as an artist with exhibitions of his work in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Dubai. He is represented by Lisson Gallery in London. Among his most renowned works are Veil I, Veil II, and Veil III. In this series, he used photographs representing the sexual objectification of women to create an anonymous woman dressed in a burqa. It's a somewhat startling, albeit effective, method of pointing out the great divide between Eastern and Western cultures and the stereotypes that perpetuate those differences.

The World is Not Enough is another famous work. In the piece, Rana created a beautiful sea image from photographs that were taken in landfills near Lahore. Rana's work has been displayed in various exhibitions around the world including The Politics of Fear in Albion, London, Reflected Looking, Nature Morte in New Delhi, and Perpetual Paradox at the Musèe Guimet in Paris. Rana has also recently participated in a panel discussion at Sotheby's in New York and held solo exhibitions of his work in Manchester and Hong Kong. His work has also been featured at a solo booth in Dubai.

Timeline

1968
Born in Lahore, Pakistan
1992
Bachelor of Fine Arts, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
1992
Distinction Award; Degree Show, National Collage of Art, Lahore, Pakistan
1994
Master of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USA
2000
Art-Link International Artist's Workshop, Sri Lanka
2000
Creation &Production Grant Ontario Council of the Arts, Toronto Council of the Arts, Canada
2000
Creation &Production Grant Canada Council for the Arts, Canada
2001
Creation &Production Grant, Ontario Council of the Arts, Canada
2003
International Artist of the Year Award 2002-2003, SAVAC: South Asian Visual Arts Collective, Toronto, Canada
2003
Hathor Prize, 9th Cairo International Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
2003
Darmiyaan workshop, Neher Ghar Gallery, Lahore Pakistan
2003
Artist in Residence, Gasworks, London, UK
2006
HAT exchange program residency: Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester , UK

Exhibitions

2012
'Apposite | Opposite - concurrently exhibited at Chemould Prescott Road and Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India
2011
Solo Show, Lisson Gallery, London, England
High-Light, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, India
The Path of the Lotus: Indian Art - Grosvenor Gallery, London
2010
Meeting Point, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, USA
Perpetual Paradox, Musée Guimet, Paris, France
The Interrupted Image, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, New York, USA
Have I Opposed You? New Art from India and Pakistan, Faye Fleming & Partner, Geneva, Switzerland
Beyond the Page: The Miniature as Attitude in Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, USA
2009
Armory Show, Nature Morte/Bose Pacia Booth, New York, USA
Art Dubai, Green Cardamom Booth, Dubai, UAE
Art Hong Kong, Green Cardamom Booth, Dubai, UAE
Lines of Control, 3rd Line Gallery, Dubai VM Gallery Karachi; Green Cardamom, London
Ornamentation, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria
Arco, Chaterjee & Lal Booth, Madrid, Spain
2008
Chemould Prescott Road + Chatterjee & Lal at Hong Art Fair, Hong Kong (solo)
Group Show, Columbia University, New York, USA
Re-Imaging Asia, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany
Desperately Seeking Paradise, Pakistan Pavillion at the Art Dubai-2008, Dubai, UAE
Art Dubai, represented by Green Cardemom and Chemould Prescott Road, Dubai, UAE
Group Show, Elementa, Dubai, UAE
2007
Face East: Contemporary Asian Portraiture, Wedel Fine Art, London, UK
Inaugural Show (of the new venue), National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
Group show: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA
The Politics of Fear, Albion, London, UK
Mirror Worlds, Two Rooms, Auckland, New Zealand
Art Public – Cabinet P.H., Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Chemould Prescott Road + Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, India (solo)
Shanghai Contemporary - Best of Discovery, Nature Morte, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China (solo)
2006
Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (solo)
5th Asia Pacific Triennale, Queensland Gallery of Art, Australia
EX-OTICA, Gallery Vitamin, Turin, Italy
Artissima Art Fair, Turin, Italy
Grid-Matrix, Kemper Art Museum, St Louis USA
Lille 3000: Desi Pop, Lille, France
1st Singapore Biennale, Singapore
Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia House, London, UK
Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
Art Basel, represented by Nature Morte, Basel, Switzerland
Art Taipei, represented by Nature Morte, Taiwan
Asian Contemporary Art Week, organized by ASIA Society, Gallery Korea, NY, USA
Flights of Fancy, Royaat Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
Mirror Worlds: (traveling exhibition), Institute of the Modern Art , Brisbane, Australia
Parallel Realities: 3rd Fukuoka Triennale, (travelling to) Blackburn Museum of Art, Blackburn, UK
2005
Identical Views, Philips Contemporary, Mumbai, India (solo)
Bitmap: International Digital Photo Project, Loop, Korea
New Media Art from Pakistan, Artist Village, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Beyond Borders: Art from Pakistan, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India
Parallel Realities: 3rd Fukuoka Triennale, Fukuoka Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
Three Person Show, Bose Pacia, New York, USA
Mirror Worlds: Contemporary Video from Asia, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australia
2004
Identical Views, V.M. Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan and Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (solo)
South Asian Master: Old Masters and Young Voices, Alahamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
Art Summit IV Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, Jakarta, Indonesia
KOVIDEO: 1st Durban Video Festival, Kazna Gallery, South Africa
Playing with a Loaded Gun, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Along the X axis: video art from India and Pakistan, Apeejay Gallery, New Delhi, India
10th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka ,Bangladesh
9th Cairo International Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
2003-Pier II Gallery in Taiwan 2002-Jamaica Center for the Arts, NY
Playing with a Loaded Gun , Apexart, New York
Miniatures Pakistanises, Maison d'Art Contemporarian Chaillioux, Paris, France
Global Priority, traveling exhibition, 2004- San Francisco Arts Commission gallery, San Francisco
Around Miniature, Royaat, Lahore and at Canvas Gallery, Karachi
Painting over the lines: Five Contemporary Artists from Pakistan, York Quay Gallery, Toronto, Canada and at Indo Center for Art and Culture, New York, USA
2001
Crossing the Line (Site Specific project at Jackson heights NY), A Project of Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
2000
Context, Bare-Foot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Another Vision: 50 years of Pakistani Art (Traveling Exhibition)
Brunei Gallery, SOAS London, Oldham Art Gallery, Haddonfield Art Gallery, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
Non-Sense, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan and Non-Sense: One Person Show, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, NCA ,Lahore, Pakistan (solo)