Rana Begum was born in 1977 in Bangladesh. She lives and works in London. Begum’s work focuses on the interplay between light and colour, blurring the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. Her use of repetitive geometric patterns – found both within Islamic art and the industrial cityscape – takes its inspiration from childhood memories of the rhythmic repetition of daily recitals of the Qur’an. Influenced by the geometric abstraction of minimalism and constructivism and the work of artists such as Agnes Martin, Donald Judd, Jesús Rafael de Soto and Tess Jaray, Begum’s work ranges from drawings, paintings and wall-based sculptures to large-scale public art projects.
Rana Begum's work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, 2020 (and 2014), Tate St Ives, Cornwall, 2018; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 2017; Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, 2018; Parasol Unit, London, 2016. In 2017 she curated the Arts Council Collection in an exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was awarded the Abraaj Prize at Art Dubai. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Kettles Yard, Cambridge, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA; Royal Academy of Arts, London; 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea.