Rajab Ali Sayed (b.1990) is a visual artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his BFA from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan in 2013, and his MFA from the University of Houston, TX in 2017. He attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD as a Fulbright Exchange Scholar (2011) and completed the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency (2017) and Vermont Studio Center Residency (2017). He has also taught drawing and painting at The University of Houston (2017) and Art League Houston (2018) and is now a part of the performing arts faculty at Bridges Academy, Studio City, LA (2019 – present).
Rajab’s work has been published in Friend of The Artist (2017), Create Magazine (2018) and most recently in TheFightMag (2021). He has exhibited at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston TX, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston TX, Bank of America Center, Houston TX, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX, Bill Arning Exhibitions, Houston TX, Craighead Green, Dallas, TX, Viridian Artists, NYC, 1969 Gallery NYC, Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, NY, and Unicorn Gallery, Pakistan. He completed an artist residency at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles (2019) and his painting, “Partition” is presently on view as a 9×9 foot vinyl reproduction at West Hollywood Park’s Parking Structure on San Vicente and Santa Monica, through December 2021. Rajab exhibited virtually in the group show Animal Nitrate on Artsy (March 2020) and was featured in an online solo presentation Layercake on YNGSPC (September 2020). Two of his paintings Free Verse and Man Looking Down were shortlisted for the 2021 Young Painter’s Competition at Miami University, juried by Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Kelly Baum.
“I like to explore inherited and acquired identities in my oil paintings. I think of my practice as a way of processing my experiences and transcribing them in a visual language that co-opts color, composition, perspective, scale, mark-making and the history of painting.”