Alessandro Raho

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Alessandro Raho
Born 1971
Nassau, Bahamas
Training Goldsmith College

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

Career[edit]

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]

Style[edit]

Raho paints portraits of friends and family, seascapes and landscapes and still lives. He uses fine oil painting with a fresh contemporary approach.[13] 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."[14]

Further reading[edit]

2002: Painting on the Move, Kunsthalle Basel http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Painting_on_the_move.html?id=Eh03AQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y

2011: Alessandro Raho by Michael Bracewell and Nicholas Cullinan (Lund Humphries) ISBN 978-1-84822-093-5

2012: http://www.frameweb.com/news/alessandro-raho-at-alison-jacques-gallery Elephant Magazine review

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alessandro Raho". Cheim & Read. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Brilliant! New Art from London/CAMH archive
  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. ^ Ewan, Alessandro Raho (1999).The Guardian 20 May 2000.
  14. ^ Nairne, Sandy; Sarah Howgate (2006). The portrait now. Yale UP. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-300-11524-6.