- Born in 1935.
- Araeen is currently a London-based conceptual artist, sculptor, painter, writer, and curator.
- Araeen graduated in civil engineering from the University of Karachi in 1962.
- Araeen has been working as a visual artist since his arrival in London from Pakistan in 1964.
- Araeen began working as an artist without any formal training, producing sculptures influenced by Minimalism and his engineering experience.
- In 1972, Araeen joined the Black Panther Movement.
- 1978 Araeen founded and began editing the journal Black Phoenix, which in 1987, was transformed into Third Text, one of the most important journals dealing with art, the Third World, Postcolonialism, and ethnicity.
- Araeen is one of the pivotal figures in establishing a black voice in British art through his activities as a publisher, writer, and artist.
- In 1989 Araeen curated the exhibition ‘The Other Story, Afro-Asian artists in post-war Britain’ at the Southbank Centre. This was a watershed moment in 20th century artistic history, as it was the first major retrospective of work by Asian and African artists in Britain, all of whom had contributed greatly to the artistic scene since the 1950s, without ever being formerly accepted as part of the establishment.
- Araeen has been among the first cultural practitioners to voice. since the early 1970s, the need for artists of African, Latin American and Asian origins to be represented in British cultural institutions.
- Araeen participated in the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012).
Represented by Grosvenor Gallery in UK
Represented by Aicon Gallery, New York in USA
UK solo exhibitions
- 1975 Artists for Democracy, London
- 1977 The Walker Gallery, Liverpool
- 1984 Pentonville Gallery, London
- 1986 Pentonville Gallery, London
- 1987 Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
- 1988 The Showroom, London
- 1991 The Central Space, London
- 1994 The South London Gallery, London
- 1995 John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
- 1997 Middlesbrough Art Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK
- 1996 Serpentine Gallery (lawn), London
- 2007 ‘Minimalism and Beyond’, Tate Britain, London
- 2010 Aicon Gallery, London
- 2013 ‘Zero to Infinity’, Tate Britain, London
UK Public Collections in which his work can be found
- Arts Council of England, UK
- Imperial War Museum, London, UK
- Tate Gallery, London, UK
- Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
European Public Collections in which his work can be found
- CANAL PLUS, Paris, France
- Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
- ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
- Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
UK Prizes and Awards
- 1969 John Moores Painting Prize. This was the first time the prize was awarded to a sculptor.
- 1978 Award, Arts Council of Great Britain
- The Postcolonial Artist who Found Minimalism Before the Americans
- A Conversation with Rasheed Araeen