Rana Begum was born in 1977 in Bangladesh, moving to Hertfordshire, England, in 1983. Begum studied painting at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of London, graduating
in 1999 and received an MA in Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2002. Begum’s work has been internationally exhibited, with recent solo shows at Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2018); Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2017) touring to Djanogly Gallery, Notting- ham (2018); Parasol Unit, London (2016); Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2020, 2014); Delfina Foundation, London (2010). In 2017, Begum curated the Arts Council Collection in an exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was awarded the Abraaj prize, Art Dubai. She has undertaken residencies in Italy, Philippines, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, England.
Begum’s work has also been included in landmark group exhibitions, most recently at Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2020); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington (2018); Frieze Sculpture Park, London (2018); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018 and 2012); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018 and 2016); Gemeente Museum, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2016); 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2016); Museum Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2015); Long Museum, Shanghai (2015).