Alessandro Raho

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Alessandro Raho
Born1971 (age 47–48)
EducationGoldsmith College

Alessandro Raho (born 1971, Nassau, Bahamas[1]) is a British artist. His work has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Raho moved to London and attended Croydon College (1989–90) and then Goldsmith College, graduating in 1994 with a BA in Fine Art.[1] In 1995, he was included in the Young British Artist showcase Brilliant! at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.[2]

In early 1996, he was hailed as one of the great promises in British art,[3] and had expositions noted in the American[4] and the French press.[5] In 2001, Raho participated in an exposition called Unseen Landscapes,[6] in 2002, he was in the important Painting on the Move exhibition in at the Kunsthalle Basel. In 2003, exhibited his work at Cheim & Read Gallery in New York City, where his portraits received critical attention of The New York Times.[7]

In 2004, he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London to paint a portrait of English actress Dame Judi Dench.[8] Imagining Dench as a "wealthy housewife," he painted her in a way that "thrilled and flattered" her.[9][10]

Raho's work is collected by Damien Hirst, and has been shown in Tokyo, New York, and Salzburg.[11] Two of his pencil drawings, Catherine (2003) and Ewan (2004), are in the collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, as part of a 2005 donation by the Judith Rothschild Foundation.[12]

In 2014 Raho was nominated and short-listed for the John Moores Painting Prize. The prize was a subject of a BBC 4 documentary.[13]

Alessandro Raho is represented by Alison Jacques Gallery, London[14].


Raho paints portraits of friends and family, seascapes and landscapes and still lives. He uses fine oil painting with a fresh contemporary approach.[15] His paintings and photographs were described as dealing with "narrative, nostalgia and desire," and he employs intricate technical processes "to make his paintings luxuriously photographic and his photographs deceptively painterly."[16]


  1. ^ a b "Alessandro Raho". Cheim & Read. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Brilliant! New Art from London/CAMH archive". Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  3. ^ Norman, Geraldine (1 January 1996). "The young pretenders". The Independent.
  4. ^ "Stiff Upper Lip: British artists find irony in society's desperate politeness". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 24 March 1996.
  5. ^ "Artistes et galeries à travers le monde". Le Journal des Arts. 5 December 1997. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Lowry the great minimalist". The Guardian. 25 May 2001. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Art Guide". The New York Times. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  8. ^ NPG Online Archive, accessed, 11 March, 2010
  9. ^ Jinman, Richard (19 January 2005). "National Gallery unveils Dench portrait". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  10. ^ Gold, Tanya (20 January 2005). "Nothing like the dame". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  11. ^ Williams-Akoto, Tessa (8 November 2006). "My Home: Alessandro Raho, portrait artist". The Independent. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  12. ^ Rattemeyer, Christian (2009). The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection: Catalogue Raisonne. Museum of Modern Art. p. 232. ISBN 978-0-87070-751-3.
  13. ^ "Bohemian rhapsody: Alessandro Raho on Hastings as arts hotspot". BBC Arts. 27 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Alessandro Raho". Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  15. ^ Ewan, Alessandro Raho (1999).The Guardian 20 May 2000.
  16. ^ Nairne, Sandy; Sarah Howgate (2006). The portrait now. Yale UP. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-300-11524-6.