Raqib Shaw’s transgressive vision is explored through highly personal imagery that is both opulent and fantastical. Combining iconography from both East and West, Shaw draws on a wide range of sources including art history, mythology, poetry, theatre, religion, science and natural history.


Highly detailed, his paintings are executed with pools of enamel and metallic industrial paints meticulously applied and manipulated to the desired effect with a porcupine quill. Every motif is outlined in embossed gold, a technique similar to ‘cloisonné’ found in early Asian pottery, which is one of many sources of inspiration to Shaw.


1974 Born in Calcutta, India. Lives and works in London




2001-2002 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.

1998-2001 BA (Honors) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.








WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection, Leopold Museum, Vienna
Bearing Points, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka


Thief Among Thieves, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver


Eurasia. A View on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


7th Asia Pacific Triennal, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, 1st Kiev Biennale Arsenale, Kiev
Phantoms of Asia, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Un rêve d’éternité, Fondation Boghassian, Brussels
Painting Between The Lines, CCA Waits Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
East ex East, Brand New Gallery , Milan


Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, Mason's Yard, London
The Beauty of Distance, 17th Biennale of Sydney


The Power of Ornament, Belvedere (Orangery, Lower Belvedere), Vienna
Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam & Modernity, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin
Nightmare Full of Unspeakable Things, Concept V, New York


Panic Room: Works from The Dakis Joannou Collection, Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens


Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Around The World in Eighty Days, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Passion for Paint, National Gallery, London
Passion for Paint, Bristol City and Art Gallery, Avon
Passion for Paint, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle


Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale, Prague


Plantmania! Art and The World of Plants, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland


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


Chancellor’s Forum, London College of Fashion, London
Direction 2002, London Institute Gallery , London


Future Map, Lethaby Gallery, London