“My work is often a three-way negotiation between myself, my immediate physical surroundings and what I receive – whether through the Internet, books, history or collective knowledge.” Rashid Rana, ArtReview, 2013
Rashid Rana received a BFA from the National College of Arts Lahore, in 1992, and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1994. Building upon an impressive career, Rana will be exhibiting in an exhibition (a kind of unofficial joint Indo-Pakistan pavilion) at the Venice Biennale in 2015, and is slated to have a survey solo exhibition at the Kiran Nadar Museum in New Delhi in January 2016, the first of any Pakistani artist in an Indian museum.
He has taught art for last many years, first at the NCA and since then at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), where he is a founding faculty member and the head of the Fine Art Department at School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD).
His recent solo exhibitions include: (2013) A Mid-Career Retrospective, Mohatta Palace Museum Karachi, Pakistan; (2012) Apposite|Opposite, Chatterjee & Lal + Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, India; (2011Translation/Transliteration, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong; Everything is Happening at Once, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK & New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK; (2010) Perpetual Paradoxes, Musee Guimet, Paris; Other solo and group exhibitions include: 1st Kiev International Biennale: ARSENALE, Kiev; Royal Academy, London, UK ; Lines of Control, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York (2012); Lisson Gallery, London, UK; (2011) 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; Where dreams Cross: 150 years of photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Fotomuseum|Winterthur, Switzerland, and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; The Empire Strikes Back; India Art Today, Saatchi Gallery (2010) The Power of Ornament, Lower Belvedere, Vienna; Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Asia Society, New York (2009), View Points and Viewing Points: Asian Art Biennial at the National Fine Arts Museum, Taichung, Taiwan (2009), Re-Imaging Asia, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2008); Mirror Worlds: Institute of the Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan, Manchester Art Gallery and Asia House, London; 1st Singapore Biennale; Grid<>Matrix, Kemper Art Museum, St Louis, USA; 5th Asia Pacific Triennale, Queensland Gallery of Art, Australia (2006); 3rd Fukuoka Triennale, Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan, (2005).