Rashid Rana a visual artist born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1968 he got his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and a Master of Fine Arts from Massachusetts college of Art in Boston, US in 1994.
Rana though trained as a painter, but recently the artist has transcended the notion in various genres of new media art, including digital photography, installation and video. Rana is rather using it as a blueprint for modification whilst not confining to it completely- which is visible in his digital prints and installations.
The quality Rashid Rana has to create an impossible image of immense beauty from his personal accumulation of photographs of social waste, taken mostly from a landfill site outside LahorePakistan.
The Rashid Rana Art exhibition entitled “Labyrinth of Reflections:” was open at the Mohatta Palace Museum Karachi on the 17th of February 2013. In this exhibition, spanning from 1992 to the present encompassing more than 60 of his work, blur the divide between two and three-dimensional forms to challenge the viewer’s understanding of the world in which they live. You can see photo sculptures large stainless steel works and large scale photo mosaics, installations and new video work subvert perception of size and structure and urge us to look deeper into the relationship between the fragment and the bigger picture. It is true that each time finding a freshness of purpose, and a surprising inventiveness of visual language.
Rashid Rana has emerged as one of the leading artist of his generation, making his presence felt globally, he is undoubtedly the most critically acclaimed artist in Pakistantoday and one of the most prominent modern artists in south Asia. His collections are exhibited at prestigious institutions as under
- British Museum in London.
- Modern Museum of Art in New York.
- Fukuoka Museum in Japan.
- Asia Society Museum in New York.
- Queens Land Art Gallery in Australia and many others.