Born in Calcutta and raised in Kashmir, Shaw now lives and works in London. Joining the traditions and techniques of his native Asia with cosmopolitan and eclectic sources of imagery that he mines in the museums of London, his pictures present a collision of nature and fantasy, violence and eroticism, that exposes the otherwise hidden side of hedonism.
Inscription: Signed, dated, and Inscribed (lower right, in pen and ink): "Death, Beauty & Justice - V Raqib Shaw 2008
the artist (2008–10; his gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Raqib Shaw at the Met," November 4, 2008–March 1, 2009, no catalogue.
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2008–2010." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 68 (Fall 2010), p. 81, ill. (color).