Rajab Ali Sayed

Rajab Ali Sayed is a visual artist who lives and works in Houston, TX. 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, minoring in Art History.

Rajab has attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a Fulbright Exchange Scholar (2011) and completed the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation and Vermont Studio Center Residencies on the East Coast (2017). He has also taught drawing and painting at The University of Houston and Art League Houston.

Rajab was recently curated by Whitney Museum Curator Chrissie Iles into "30 under 30", an emerging artist showcase at Viridian Artists in Chelsea, Manhattan. His work has been acquired into private collections in the US and Pakistan.


My work creates a dialogue between identity and representation within the history of painting. I often co-opt visual cues from historical paintings and lived experience to express personal mythologies, placing figures in compositions as pictorial devices, or leaving figures out of compositions to reflect on human presence in absentia. My paintings are thickened internal narratives, and visual devices such as color, mark and perspective are married with titles to explore conceptual ideas within, and across multiple bodies of work.