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The work of London-based artist Rana Begum distils spatial and visual experience into ordered form. Through her refined language of Minimalist abstraction, Begum blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her visual language draws from the urban landscape as well as geometric patterns from traditional Islamic art and architecture. Light is fundamental to her process. Begum’s works absorb and reflect varied densities of light to produce an experience for the viewer that is both temporal and sensorial.

Born in Bangladesh in 1977, Rana Begum lives and works in London. In 1999, Begum graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design and, in 2002, gained an MFA in Painting from Slade School of Fine Art.



  • 2002  Slade School of Fine Art, London.

               MFA in Painting

  • 1999   Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.

               BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree (Painting)


  • 1996  University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

               BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design.


  • 2023    Solo Show    St Alban’s Museum. Curated by Inna Allen


  • 2023    Dappled Light, The Box, Plymouth. Curated by Sarah Shalgosky

  • 2022   Solo Show, Reflection on Colour and Form, Cristea Roberts Gallery,                    London

        Dappled Light, curated by Cliff Lawson, Pitzhanger Gallery and Manor

        Dappled Light, curated by Cliff Lawson, Mead Gallery, Warwick

  • 2021  Infinite Geometry, Wanas Konst, Sweden

                Solo show, Kate MacGarry, London 

  • 2019  Solo show, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

                Perception and Reflection, Third Line Gallery, Dubai​


  • 2018  Solo show, Christian Lethert, Cologne

                Space Light Color, Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham

                Conversation with Light and Colour, Gallery 10, TATE St Ives

  • 2017  Space, Light, Colour Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich     


  • 2016  The Space Between, Parasol Unit, London

  • 2015  Towards an Infinite Geometry, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

                Gallery Three Touchstone, Rochdale

                Future Light, Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change, MAK - Museum of                  Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria

                Linear Abstraction, Gutstein Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, USA

  • 2014  Solo Show Galeri Mana, Istanbul

                Dhaka Art Summit, Jhaveri Contemporary, Bangladesh


  • 2013  No.10, The Third Line, Dubai

                Manifold, Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

  • 2012  Solo show, Bischoff/Weiss, London

  • 2011  The Folded Page, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai

  • 2010  Fractured Symmetry, Bischoff/Weiss, London

                Solo show, Delfina Foundation, London

  • 2009  The Moment of Alignment, The Third Line, Dubai


  • 2008  Transient Symmetry, VineSpace, London

  • 2007  Colour Codes, The Third Line, Dubai


  • 2023  No.1138 Net, New York University

  • 2022  No.1104 Catching Colour, The Line, London

  • 2021  No.1088 Cleveland Clinic, London

                No.1066 Brick, Wanas Konst, Sweden 

  • 2020  No.1054 Arpeggio, Folkstone Triennial, Folkstone

  • 2019  Guests: Artists and Craftspeople, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

  • 2018  Bella Artes Project, Manila, Philippines

  • 2017  No.724 Reflectors, Westgate, Oxford

  • 2016  No.688, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

                No.700 Refelctors, Kings Cross

  • 2015  No.510, HLC, Kiran Nadar, Delhi

  • 2014  LSM, Washington DC

  • 2013  Surbiton Health Centre Public Art Commission, London

                Hualien Cinema, public art commission, Taiwan

  • 2012  Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London

  • 2011  Marcol House public art commission, London

  • 2009  Two months residency in Beirut through Delfina Foundation

  • 2006  British Council Residency in Bangkok

  • 2007  Nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award

  • 2005  Lewisham Hospital Commission

                Coventry Hospital Commission in collaboration with Tess Jaray

                Artist in Residence at West Dean College, West Sussex

  • 2000  Arts and Humanities Research Board award for postgraduate study


  • 2023  Life is More Important Than Art, Whitechapel Gallery, London

                Desert X 2023, Desert X Bienniel, Coachella Valley, USA​

                Dhaka Art Summit 2023, DAS, Bangladesh

  • 2022  Urban Impressions, Moody Centre for the Arts, Houston

                Zim-Zum: The Folding World, Patrick Heide Contemporary Arts, London​

                Uncombed, Unforeseen, Unconstrained, Parasol Unit, Venice

  • 2021  Rhythm & Geometry, SVAC, Norwich

                Breaking the Mould, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park​

                Shapes, Alexander Berggruen, NY

                Folkstone Triennial, Folkstone Trennial, Folkstone

  • 2020 ​ Hard Painting x2, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton

                Guests: Artists and Craftspeople, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

                Seismic Moverments, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh

                Eccentric Objects, CFhill Gallery, Stockholm

  • 2019  Guests: Artists and Craftspeople, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

                    ​​​Is This Tomorrow? Whitechapel Gallery + Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai

               The Interaction of Colour Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

                Is This Tomorrow? Whitechapel Gallery, London​


  • 2018  Frieze Sculpture Park, London

                Heavy Metal: Women to Watch, NMWA, Washington

                RA Summer Show, London

                Actions, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

                Fold, Marta Herford, Germany

  • 2017  Metal: Women to Watch, curated Caroline Douglas, Philips, London

                Occasional Geometries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

                Things that Soak You, Kate MacGarry, London

                31 Women, Bresslittle, London

                The Order of Things, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum,                      Cheltenham

  • 2016  Tribute to Sol LeWitt, Gemeente Museum, Den Haag

                11th Gwangju Biennale, Curated by Maria Lind, Korea

                Cause the Grass Don’t Grow and the Sky Ain’t Blue, Praz Delavallade

                Flatland/Narrative Abstractions, MRAC, Serignan

                New Visions, Curated by Maria Lind, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm

                Into Boundless Space I Leap, Kettle's Yard / Maxwell Centre,                                  Cambridge

  • 2015  The Shapes We’re In, London

                Triplicity, Athr, Jeddah

                Future Light, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Vienna

                Geometries of Difference, Dorsky Museum, New York

                Linear Abstraction, Gutstein Gallery, SCAD, Savanah

                The Great Festival of Creativity, Long Museum, Shanghai

                Working Space, KNMA, Delhi 

  • 2014  Ethereal, curated by Amin Jaffer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

                The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah

  • 2013  The Edge of Painting, The Piper Gallery, London

                Empty Line, curated by Nabila Mokrani, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Paris

  • 2012  RA Summer show, London

  • 2011  The Art and Math of the Fold, Ft-Contemporary, Berlin

                The New Middle East, Willem Baars, Amsterdam

                Common Logic, IMT, London

  • 2010  Form & Phenomenon, Project88, Mumbai

                Serendipity City, Future Everything, Manchester

  • 2009  How Nations are Made, Cartwright Hall and Manor House, Bradford

                Pattern Recognition, The City Gallery, Leicester

                Lines of Control, Green Cardamom, London. Catalogue

                Identity, Aisho Miura Arts, Tokyo. Catalogue

                Neither Here, Nor There, Various City Locations- Billboards

  • 2008  Contact, Bricklane, Work No. 951, London. Catalogue

                Monologue/Dialogue Part II, Bischoff/Weiss, London

  • 2007  Repetition and Sequence, Jerwood Space, London. Catalogue

                Sequence and Repetition, Beldam Gallery, Uxbridge. Catalogue

  • 2006  Monologue/Dialogue, BU Gallery, Bangkok. Catalogue 

  • 2005  Art:21 Power /Memory/Structures/Play, Art Museum of Western                      Virginia

                Ad Infinitum: The Aesthetics of Repetition II, Haines Gallery, San                              Francisco                         

                Colour My World, Riflemaker, London

  • 2004  Upstarts, Haines Gallery, San Francisco

                2x2, Dahl Gallery, Luzern


  • 2019  The Art Newspaper, Number 313, June 2019 


  • 2018  Elle India, June 6, 2018 Between The Lines

                The Telegraph, July 4, 2018

                Arab News, May 31, 2018

                Harpers Bazaar, July 9, 2018

  • 2017  Emel + Aris, 2018 Artist Rana Begum on her life in colour                                 New York Times, March 22, 2017

                Financial Times, March 17, 2017

                Ocula, March 2017

  • 2016  Wallpaper* Magazine, July 2016

                This is tomorrow, August 2016

                ArtAsiaPacific, Review by Cleo Roberts, July 2016

                Harpers Bazaar, July 2016

                AD Magazine, November-December 2016

  • 2015   Artsy Editorial Oct 27th, 25 Must-See Shows This November

                 The Metropolist, Artist’s Portrait, by Rachel Holmes

                 Bazaar, Issue #200, Interview by Deepa Pant

                 Saturation Point, Interview by Patrick Morrisey

                 Verve Magazine, India, Framed, Text by Huzan Tata

  • 2014  Art Form, Issue 1

                Financial Times, The Dhaka Art Summit Rachel Spence

  • 2013  Surface Magazine, Marina Cashdan, Issue 101

                Time Out, Dubai

                ArtAsiaPacific, Kevin Jones Issue 85

                Ala Chamfest, Magazine No.6

  • 2012  Platform- creative lifestyle Jan/Feb

  • 2011  Mid-Day, Shape shifters invade city by Soma Das, Mumbai

                Wallpaper, Colour Scheme by Deepanjana Pal

                Vogue India, Shape Shifter by Deepanjana Pal

  • 2010  Time Out, India. Block Game by Zeenat Nagree

                Art Asia Pacific by Hanea Ko

                Time Out, London. In the studio by Helen Sumpter   


  • 2009  Modern Painters, Back to Black by Jyoti Dhar

                What’s On, Dubai, The line of beauty by Catherine Jarvie

                Gulf News, Dubai newspaper, Lines of enchantment, Jyoti Kalsi

                Time Out, Dubai, Solid Geometry by Chris Lord

                The National, Dubai newspaper, Patterns of work by Ed Lake

  • 2008  Financial Times, Abstraction Rules OK by Jan Dalley   

  • 2007  Vogue UK, October issue, The alchemists by Louisa Buck

                Lofficial Middle East, Colour Codes

                OK, Dubai, Colour Codes

                City Times, Dubai, Colour Codes

                Gulf News, Dubai. Colour Codes

                Time Out, Dubai, Issue 36, Colour Codes

                Harper’s Bazaar, Dubai, Sep. 2007, Colour Codes

  • 2006  The Nation Newspaper, Bangkok, Monologue/Dialogue.

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