Zarina (artist)

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Born1937 (age 80–81)
EducationAtelier 17

Zarina Hashmi (born 1937) is an Indian artist living and working in the USA. Her work spans drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. It is abstract and minimal and explores the concept of home.[1]

Born in Aligarh, India, she earned a degree in mathematics before studying a variety of printmaking methods in Thailand, France (where she was apprenticed to Stanley William Hayter),[2] and printmaker Toshi Yoshido in Tokyo, Japan. [3] She has lived and worked in New York City since the 1970s.

During the 1980s, Zarina served as a board member of the New York Feminist Art Institute and an instructor of papermaking workshops at the affiliated Women's Center for Learning. While on the editorial board of the feminist art journal Heresies, she contributed to the 'Third World Women' issue.

Artistic Style[edit]

Her art is informed by her identity as an Indian Woman and being born Muslim.[4] Her work evokes and explores the idea of home, distances, and trajectories, influenced by her own extensive travels. She uses visual elements from Islamic religious decoration, especially the regular geometry commonly found in Islamic architecture. The abstract and spare geometric style of her early works has been compared to Minimalists such as Sol LeWitt.[4]

Major Exhibitions[edit]

Zarina was one of four artists/artist-groups to represent India in its first entry at the Venice Biennale in 2011.[5]

The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles organized the first retrospective of her work in 2012.[6] Entitled Zarina: Paper Like Skin, the exhibition traveled to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.[7]

Zarina was the 2017 - 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. The residency culminated in a solo exhibition, Zarina: Dark Roads(October 6, 2017-February 2, 2018) and a publication, Directions to My House (by Zarina Hashmi with Sarah Burney).

Other Exhibitions:

  • Kunika Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1968
  • Malvina Miller Gallery, San Francisco, 1975
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York, 1981
  • "House with Four Walls," Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, 1992
  • "Maps, Homes, and Itineraries," Gallery Lux, San Francisco, 2003

Examples of her work are in the permanent art collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Bibliothèque Nationale de France.[6]


  1. ^ "Zarina: Paper Like Skin". Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ Ollman, Leah. "Zarina Hashmi". Art in America. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Artist Bio: Zarina Hashmi". Gallery Espace. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Butler, Cornelia (2007). Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution. MIT Press. p. 320.
  5. ^ "Pavilion of India". La Biennale. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Zarina: Paper Like Skin". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Artist Bio: Zarina Hashmi". Luhring Augustine. Retrieved March 14, 2014.

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