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


Landscapes of Kashmir, Pace, New York



Reinventing the Old Masters, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scottland



Raqib Shaw, Witworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK



Self Portraits, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK

White Cube at Glyndebourne: Raqib Shaw, 2016 Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne, UK



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


Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London



WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria



Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London, UK.



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



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



Group Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.



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


Public and private collections

United Kingdom

Tate Britain, London



MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York