Raqib Shaw

Raqib Shaw

Born in Calcutta in 1974, Raqib Shaw now lives and works in London. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins College, he has developed a fantastic universe that straddles the monstrous and the erotic. His paintings lie somewhere between the categories of fine art and applied art. Shaw’s landscapes, bustling with chimeras, are line-drawn with an evident mastery of classical draftsmanship. The colours are arranged as though a silversmith’s compartmentalizing techniques has been used. Shaw fastidiously chooses radiant tones, enlivening his images with coloured enamel and metallic paint. His dreamlike landscapes draw from decorative and floral motifs, as well as the bestiary. He is inspired by crafts like silversmithing, tapestry work, and jewellery making. Each image seems to be an illustration of a marvellous and cruel tale written by the artist, based upon his aesthetic encounters. His work evokes the seething and malevolent universe of Jerôme Bosch, as well as British traditions, circumvolutions of medieval heraldry, and the detail and refinement of Persian miniatures.

Solo exhibitions


New Sculptures and Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Raqib Shaw: Paradise Lost, Pace Gallery, New York, USA



Raqib Shaw, Rudolfinium, Prague, Czech Republic

Raqib Shaw, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK



Of Beasts and Super Beasts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Paradise Lost, White Cube, London, UK



Absence of God, White Cube, London, UK

Absence of God, Karlsplatz Project Space, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria



Raqib Shaw At The Met, The Metropollitan Museum, New York, USA



Art Now: Raqib Shaw, Tate Britain, London, UK

Raqib Shaw: Garden Of Earthly Delights, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA



Raqib Shaw: Garden of Earthly Delights, Deitch Projects, New York, USA



Raqib Shaw: Garden of Earthly Delights, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK

Group exhibitions


Thief Among Thieves, Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, USA



Eurasia - A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France



7th Asia Pacific Triennal, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK   

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times - Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, ARSENALE The First Kiev
 International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine

Phantoms of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA



Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore     

A Dream of Eternity, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium     

Painting Between the Lines, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA    

East ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy



Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK

The Beauty of Distance - 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Resonance, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan



Nightmare full of unspeakable things, Concept V, New York, USA

Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany

Flower Power, Villa Giulia, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy

Die Macht Des Ornaments (The Power Of Ornament), Belvedere, Vienna, Austria



Panic room - Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece



Around the World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

The Sixth Gwangju Biennale: Fever Variation, Gwangju, South Korea     

Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Passion for Paint, National Gallery, London / Bristol City Museum, Bristol / Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK

Dan Attoe, Elliot Hundley, Raqib Shaw: There's No Fooling You (The Classics), Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA



Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic



Plantmania! Art and the World of Plants, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Sunderland, UK



Nation and Nature, Vaster than Empires, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hastings / Worcester City Art Gallery, Worcester / The Yard Gallery, Nottingham / Lethaby Gallery, London, UK



Direction 2002, The London Institute Gallery, London, UK

Chancellor's Forum, London College of Fashion, London, UK



Future Map 2001, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK





The Beauty Of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia,

Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, Susan May, White Cube, London, UK



Absence of God, Homi K. Bhabha, White Cube, London, UK

Flower Power, Villa Giulia, CRAA Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania, Italy



Around the World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

Panic Room: Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

The Sixth Gwangju Biennale: Fever Variations, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju, South Korea

Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA



Raqib Shaw - Garden of Earthly Delights, David Rimanelli, Deitch Projects, New York, USA

Expanded Painting, Giancarlo Politi Editor, Prague Biennale 2, Prague, Czech Republic



Nature and Nation: Vaster than Empires, Hasting Museum and Art Gallery, UK



ART NOW, Uta Grosenick, Taschen





Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, Martin Herbert, Time Out, 5 August                 

Eastern Promise, Ted Loos, The Wall Street Journal, 21 October



Raqib Shaw: Absence of God at Kunsthalle Wien, Unknown, Artdaily.org, 19 November

Raqib shaw: Absence of God, Zehra Jumabhoy,  Art Asia Pacific, September and October

Critics choice galleries, Unknown, Time Out, 2-8 July

Raqib Shaw - Absence of God, London Lowdown: Art Review, Fisun Guner, Metrolife, 26 May

Critics: Choice Galleries, Unknown, Time Out, 21-27 May

An Orgy of Animal Spirits, Ben Lewis, The Evening Standard, 21 May

The World's most magical artist, Norman Rosenthal, The Telegraph Review, 16 May

Critics' choice, Unknown,Time Out, 14-20 May

In the Studio: Raqib Shaw, Unknown, Time Out, 14-20 May

Starting from Holbein, Then Taking Flight, Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, 2 January



Is Art Having an Indian Summer?, Pernilla Holmes, The Financial Times, 2 August

"Power 2008", Various Contributors, Art & Auction, December

Calcutta-born 'upstart' set for Sotheby's rebirth, Amit Roy, The Telegraph India, 28 April



Where I Work - Raqib Shaw, Amrita Jhaveri, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 56, November/December

Heavenly work, Earthly delights, Uma Nair, The Ecnomic Times, 27 October

Quintessentially Art, Raqib Shaw, Autumn

Art & Market, Amanda Couslon, Tema Celeste, January-February



Violence and Beauty Collide, Nick Hackworth, Evening Standard, 1 December

Against Nature, Martin Herbert, Modern Painters, September

Fantastic, Aquatic, Orgiastic, David Galloway, ARTnews, September

In the Garden of Eden, Paul Laster, Art Asia Pacific, Issue no. 47, Winter

Looking for Islam, P.C. Smith, artnet.com, 15 March

Gained in Translation, Glenn D. Lowry, ARTnews, Volume 105, Number 3, March 2

What Does Islam Look Like?, Holland Cotter, New York Times, February 26



Goodbody, Raqib Shaw, Bridget L., Time Out New York, September 22-28

Raqib Shaw, Holland Cotter, The New York Times, Friday 30th September



Raqib Shaw in conversation, Richard Dyer, Wasafiri, Issue no.42, Summer

Freize Frame Interviews, Dean Rhys Morgan, AXM Magazine, October

Raqib Shaw, Eliza Williams, Tema Celeste, June

Raqib Shaw, Rox Exley, Flash Art, No. 236, May - June

Contemporary Market, Colin Gleadell, Daily Telegraph, 29 March

Lost in the Small Print, Laura Cumming, The Observer Review, 14 March

Review: Raqib Shaw - Victoria Miro Gallery, Rebecca Geland, Time Out, 3 March

Garden Of Earthly Delights, Jessica Lack, The Guardian, 1 March

AXM Magazine, Raqib Shaw, March issue

AD Magazine, Sebastian Preuss, issue 47, 3 March

Elsevier, Riki Simons, issue  9, 28 Feb

We Are Animals, Massimo Torrigiani, Boiler Magazine, Issue.4

Dazzled By the Sight, Fisun Guner, Metro London, 20 Feb

Pleasure Gardens, Morgan Falconer, What's On, 18 Feb

London News, Richard Dyer, Contemporary Magazine, Issue 60

Raqib Shaw, Alex Poulson, Dazed + Confused

Public and private collections

United Kingdom

Tate Britain, London



Museum of Modern Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York