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Zarina Hasmi View Artworks of Zarina Hasmi Back to Artist

One of India’s most distiniguished artists, Zarina Hashmi was born in Aligarh in 1937. She received a BSc degree with Honours from city’s Muslim University in 1958 before she turned to the study of printmaking in India and then abroad. Between 1963 and 67 she studied printmaking with S. W. Hayter and Krishna Reddy at Atelier 17 in Paris, and in 1974 studied woodblock printing at Toshi Yoshido’s studio in Tokyo on a Japan Foundation Fellowship.

Zarina’s work spans from minimal drawing to printmaking and sculpture which evokes and explores the idea of home, distances, trajectories, influenced by her own extensive travels. The artist studied mathematics and is fascinated by architecture, something that reflects in the use of geometry and the structural purity of her works. She also uses visual elements from Islamic religious decorations, especially the regular geometry that characterises a lot of Islamic architecture.

Zarina Hashmi’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries across India and abroad. She has exhibited at some of the elading galleries such as Gellery Espace, New Delhi; Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Mills College Museum, Oakland, California; Alana Gallery, Oslo , etc. Her first retrospective exhibition was held at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles in 2012. The exhibition subsequentky travelled to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Art institute of Chicago.

Zarina Hashmi was one of the represented artists in the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale ( 2011 ). Zarina’s work has been exhibited in numerous books and catalogues inlcuidng Expansion –Resonance published by Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris ( 2009 ); Zarina: Weaving Memory by Bodhi Art, Mumbai ( 2007 ); Counting 1977-2005 published by Bose Pacia, New York ( 2005 ).

She was one of the represented artists in the 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale ( 2011 ). Zarina’s work has been published in numerous books and catalogues including Expansion-Resonance published by Galerie – Jaeger Bucher., Paris ( 2009 ); Zarina: Weaving Memory by Bodhi Art, Mumbai ( 2007 ); Counting 1977-2005 published by Bose Pacia, New York ( 2005 ).

The artist lives and works in New York.



  1974 Studied Wood Block Printing at Toshi Yoshida Studio, Tokyo

  1963-1967 Studied Printmaking with S.W. Hayter at the Atelier-17, Paris

  1958 Bachelor of Science (Honors) Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India


Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2013 'Zarina: Paper Like Skin', Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

  2012 'Paper Like Skin', Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

  2011 'Noor', Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris

  2011 'Zarina Hashmi: Recent Works', Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2011 'Zarina Hashmi: 1961-2011', Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA

  2009 'The Ten Thousand Things', Luhring Augustine, New York

  2009 Galerie Jean Bucher, Paris

  2007-08 Bodhi Art, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Kagaz Ke Ghar’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Weaving Memory 1990-2006’, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 ‘Silent Soliloquy’, Bodhi Art Gallery, Singapore

  2005 ‘Counting 1977-2005’, Bose Pacia, New York

  2005 ‘Home is a Foreign Place’, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 ‘Cities, Countries and Borders’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, Chawkandi Gallery, Karachi, Gallery Rohtas 2, Lahore

  2003 ‘Maps, Homes and Itineraries’, Gallery Lux, San Francisco, California

  2002 Home is a Foreign Place , Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

  2001 ‘Mapping a Life (1991 – 2001)’, Mills College Museum, Oakland, California

  2000 ‘Home is a Foreign Place’, Gallery Admit One, New York

  2000 Chawkandi Gallery, Karachi

  2000 Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Homes I Made’, Faculty Gallery, University of California, Santacruz

  1993 Chawkandi Gallery, Karachi

  1992 ‘House with Four Walls’, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

  1990 Roberta English Gallery, San Francisco, California

  1988 Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

  1986 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1986 Chitrakoot Gallery, Kolkata

  1986 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

  1985 ‘Women Artist Series’, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

  1983 Satori Gallery, San Francisco, California

  1981 Orion Editions, New York

  1981 Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, New York

  1978 Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi

  1977 Gallery Alana, Oslo

  1976 India Ink Gallery, Los Angeles, California

  1975 Malvina Miller Gallery, San Francisco, California

  1974 Treveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

  1972 Gallery F-15, Jeloya Moss, Norway

  1971 Cultural Center Ora, Athens, Greece

  1970 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1970 Chanakya Gallery, New Delhi

  1969 Chanakya Gallery, New Delhi

  1968 Kunika Art Gallery, New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2016 'Workshop and Legacy: Stanley William Hayter, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi', The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  2013 'Companionable Silences', Palais de Tokyo, Paris

  2013 'Panoplism', Nature Morte, New Delhi

  2012 'Looking Back, Looking Forward', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'The Second Sex: New Feminist Photography on the Cusp', Lakeeren, Mumbai

  2011 'Drawn from Life', A Green Cardamum Project, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK

  2010-11 'A Collection', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'Orientations: Trajectories in Indian Art', Foundation 'De 11 Lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium

  2009 'Tracing Time', Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  2008 'Fault Lines', Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  2008 'Drawn from Life: Drawing Process', Green Cardamom, London

  2008 'Expansion-Resonance', Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris

  2008 'Everywhere Is War (And Rumors of War)', Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  2008 'Link', Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2008 'Frontlines: Notations from the contemporary Indian Urban', BodhiBerlin, Berlin

  2008 'Fluid Structures: Gender and Abstraction', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 ‘WACK ! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, California

  2007 ‘From Metal and Stone to Somerset and Rives’, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi

  2006 ‘Crossings : Contemporary Art of India’, Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick

  2006 With Nasreen Mohamedi and Mellhi Gobhai at Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005-08 ‘Figures of Thinking – Convergences in Contemporary Cultures’, Traveling Show, USA

  2003 ‘Fresh Talk Revisited: New York Artists from Fresh Talk / Daring Gaze’, Asian/ Pacific/ American Studies Gallery, New York University, New York

  2002 ‘From the Two Pens / Line and Color in Islamic Art’, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

  2002 ‘Reflections at a Time of Transformation’, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (Synod Hall) New York

  2001 ‘In Conversation’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1998 ‘Asian American Artists/ Cross-Cultural Voices’, University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

  1998 Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi

  1998 ‘Connections’, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, California

  1997 ‘Out of India/ Contemporary Art of the South Asian Diaspora’, Queens Museum of Art, New York

  1997 ‘Printmakers of India and Pakistan’, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  1996 ‘25 Years of Feminism / 25 years of Women's Art’, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

  1996 ‘Asian Fusion / Contemporary Asian American Art’, Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, Brookville, New York

  1995 ‘Arts and Letters’, June Kelly Gallery, New York

  1994 ‘Asia /America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art’, Asia Society, New York

  1994 ‘A Celebration of Asian / Pacific American Art’, Tweed Gallery, NY

  1993 ‘Artist Books’, Harper Collins, New York, NY

  1992 ‘From Bonnard to Baselitz’, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

  1991 ‘The Abstract /Abstraction Show’, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

  1990 ‘USA Graphic’, Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm, Sweden

  1988 ‘The Language of Form / The Form of Language’, Rosa Esman Gallery, New York

  1988 ‘Coast to Coast/ Women of Color’, National Artist Book Project

  1987 ‘Handmade Paper’, Silvermine Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut

  1986 ‘New Art / New York’, The Harlem School of Art, New York

  1985 ‘Ripe Fruit’, PS-1,Long Island City, New York

  1985 Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York

  1984 ‘Paper Transformed / A National Exhibition’, Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana

  1983 Koninklikk Institute Voor De Tropen, Amsterdam, Holland

  1983 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

  1983 ‘Sculptural Paper’, Brookfield Craft center, Brookfield, Connecticut

  1982 ‘Papermaking USA’, American Craft Museum, New York

  1981 ‘Transformations/ Women in Art / 70's - 80's’, New York Coliseum, New York

  1981 Alternative Museum, New York

  1980 ‘Dialectics of Isolation /Third World Women Artists of the United States’, AIR Gallery, New York, NY

  1979 Princeton University Library, Princeton, New Jersey

  1978 Soho-20, New York, NY

  1977 ‘Women in Arts / Working Papers’, Albany, New York

  1977 ‘WARM’, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  1975 ‘Director's Choice’, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York

  1975 Curwen Gallery, London

  1975 ‘Color Light & Image’, Women's Interart Center, New York

Joint Exhibitions


  2007 ‘Reduced to Essentials – I’, with Sheetal Gattani at Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai


  2013 'The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989', Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago, Chicago

  2012 'Modernist Art from India: Approaching Abstraction', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

  2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  2012 'Lines of Control', co-organized by Green Cardamom at Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca

  2011 'Homespun', Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

  2011 'Everyone Agrees: It's About to Explode', Indian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale, Venice

  2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

  2010 'Art Celebrates 2010', represented by Gallery Espace at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

  2010 'Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940s to Now', Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York

  2010 'Twenty Five', 25 Years Celebration, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

 2009 'The Third Mind Eye: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989', Guggenheim Museum, New York

  2008-09 ''Modern India', organized by Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain

  2008-09 ‘Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art’, Traveling Exhibition presented by Bodhi Art at Ravinder Natya Mandir, P.L.Despande Kala Academy Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sant Dyaneshwar Natya Sankul Art Gallery, Amravati; Platinum Jubilee Hall, Nagpur; Tapadia Natya Mandir Sports Hall, Aurangabad; Hirachand Nemchand Vachanalay’s, Solapur; Acharya Vidyanand Sanskrutik Bhavan, Kolhapur; PGSR Sabhagriha, SNDT, Pune; Sarvajanik Vachanalaya Hall, Nasik

  2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

  2008 'Art Beijing 2008', Beijing represented by Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  2007 ‘SHContemporary’, Shanghai presented by Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  2007 Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, represented by Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  1995 Third Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal

  1994 International Print Triennial and Intergrafica, Cracow, Poland

  1993 ‘Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition’, University Of Hawaii at Hilo

  1992 Norwegian International Print Triennale, Fredrikstad, Norway

  1989 The Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal

  1974 Biennial of Graphics, Tokyo, Japan


Honours and Awards


  2006 Montalvo Residency, Sartoga, California

  1994 Residency Award at the Art-Omi, Omi, New York

  1991 Residency Award at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York

  1990 Adolf and Esther Gothlieb Foundation Grant

  1990 New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA)Fellowship in Printmaking / Drawing / Artists Books

  1989 International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal, India (Grand Prize)

  1988 Invited to attend, The International Arts Festival of Asilah, Asilah, Morocco

  1985 New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Printmaking / Drawing / Artists Books

  1984 The Printmaking Workshop Fellowship

  1974 Japan Foundation Fellowship

  1969 The Presidents Award for Printmaking, India

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