Raqib Shaw


Raqib Shaw is a London-based Kashmiri artist whose work is influenced by decorative objects of the East. The artist uses Japanese screens, Asian textiles and antique carpets, along with paint, to create a rich and layered surface where an erotic world of hybrid creatures inhabits an underwater enviornment. Shaw incorporates a catalogue of flora and fauna into each piece, mixing aquatic with animal and human qualities into creatures that engage in sexual acts. The artist is a graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London (2002) and began to exhibit with LCF and The London Institute Gallery that same year. In 2005, he had a solo exhibition with Deitch Projects in New York City, which was followed by an exhibition with Tate Britain the next year. The Tate exhibition was featured in the Evening Standard (London).