Beaconhouse National University (BNU)

Prof. Rashid Rana

Award-Winning Visual Artist and Academician


Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design

Awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2022, Rashid Rana is a trailblazing South Asian artist, celebrated for his groundbreaking art from Pakistan. His globally acclaimed works grace renowned collections such as the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum. Beyond his art, he shapes future creatives as Dean of MDSVAD at BNU.


Recipient of the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2022, Rashid Rana is widely considered to be one of the leading artists of his generation in South Asia. He emerged as the creator of an entirely new kind of art from Pakistan at the start of the century. Notable for his ideas, imagery, and pictorial strategies, Rashid Rana has exhibited extensively at various galleries and museums globally. His works are in various public and private collections, including the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Fukuoka Museum of Art in Japan, and the Saatchi Collection in London. He is the recipient of the prestigious Game-Changer Asia Art Award and was awarded International Artist of the Year by SAVAC Canada in 2003. Primarily known for his art practice, Rashid Rana occupies multiple simultaneous roles. He mediates between artist, curator, and academic with a common thread of an unfixed and non-prescriptive view of geography and identity. He is a founding faculty member and currently the Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts & Design at BNU, Lahore.


BFA (Fine Arts), National College of Arts, Lahore; MA Fine Art, Massachusetts College of Art, USA; Studies in Fashion Design, La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Paris, France.

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