Shahid Rassam is a renowned Pakistani Canadian painter and sculptor. He dabbles in writing and is a passionaterights activist and educationist. He is the Principal of Arts Council Central Institute of Arts and Craft, Pakistan.
Shahid has exhibited his work around the world, including the UK,USA,Canada,France, Italy,UAE,India, and Pakistan. Famous writer and art critic Dr. Akbar Naqvi has done a critical analysis of his work in his book “Sense and Insanity.”Shahid plays the bridge between various genres of art and prominent writers like, Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi, Anwar Maqsood,Zehra Nigah,Iftikhar Arif,Kishwar Naheed, and Gulzar have praised his extraordinary contribution to the world of art.
Over time, Shahid has practiced and experimented with various schools and style of painting. He has also done portraits ofleaders like Nelson Mandela, Benazir Bhutto, Justin Trudeau, Hazel McCallion, Salman Taseer, Hilary Clinton,Shahbaz Bhatti, Pope Francis and many great writers and poets.
Arts Council Institute of Arts and Crafts (ACIAC)
Shahid Rassam is currently leading ACIAC as Principal since 2018. Since he is in charge there are several positive changes anyone can witness. Objective is to make ACIAC in top list of Global institutes for Arts and Crafts
KB19 : Karachi Biennale 2019 at Bagh-e-Ibn-Qasim
Solo exhibition “Ghalib & Gulzar series” at VMH Museum Kolkata, 2016.
Solo exhibition “Tamasha Meray Aagay” at Koel Gallery,Karachi, 2016.
Solo exhibition “Clockwise- Otherwise” at Koel Gallery,Karachi, 2013.
Live Painting demonstration on a unique musical composition, painting auctioned for Sick Kids Foundation, Living Art Center, Mississauga Canada organized by SAGA, 2012.
Solo exhibition Embassy of Pakistan,Washington DC, 2011.
Solo Exhibition at Bagash Art Gallery, Dubai. 2006.
Group exhibition, Boston, USA, 2003.
Group exhibition of Art and Liberty in France, Belgium, Scotland, 2002.
Group exhibition at St. Martin College of Arts London 1999.
Group exhibition J.N.T.U. College of Arts Hyderabad, India,1998.
Ghalib and Gulzar (Called off two hours before the opening by BJP extrermist).
Commissioned Work& Auctions:
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, portrait
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, portrait
Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid al Maktoum,portrait
Mural auctioned at Christies, Dubai for UNFP program for earthquake victims, US $20,000.
Shanti Nekaytun, Calcutta, and India 2016.
Rabindranath Bhartya University, Calcutta, India 2016.
JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India 2015.
University of Toronto 2011.
Al-Ain University UAE
Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. UAE
Boston Universite, USA
Newspaper Articles and Publication:
Picasso, Van Gogh, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse.
Jaun Elia,Mushtaq Ahmed Yusufi,Jamal Ehsani,M.FHussain.
“Worshippers and Sinners”, a coffee table book published by the Embassy of Pakistan, Washington.
Shahid studied art at the St. Martin College of Arts, London on a British Council scholarship. He received Artist of the year (2000), UAE University Al-ain, and Quaid-e-Azam youth award. He has Master’s Degrees in Geology, and Urdu Literature from the University of Karachi. He is married with three children and lives in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo Gallery
Rassam Studio of Art
Address: 92/2, 8th Commercial Street, Phase 4,DHA,Karachi
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