Rasheed Araeen is an artist, writer and civil engineer. For an invention he was granted a US patent in 2009, which is water sport and floating sculpture and in 2001 by a full it was a full international Patent. He was trained as civil engineer and with the passage of time he turned to art as leading profession. As an professional artists his career starts in 1953 and continued his pursuit as an artist while he was completing his education as civil engineer. While he was in Karachi he was the one with concept of making the sculpture by transforming and burning an object from one form and material to another. He went to London in 1964 after showcasing his works in Karachi.
Rasheed Araeen pioneered the foundation of minimalism sculpture. He was also an active individual within groups who were taking part for liberation struggles, human rights and democracy. His wrote and published his own art Journals: Black Phoenix (1978), Third Text (1987) and Third Text Asia(2008). Online version of Third Text has also an online version in Cape Town, Sout Africa and entitled Third Text Africa, in Spanish Tercer Texto in Peru and Lima- Both are available free of cost for the readers.
He has curated two exhibitions: The other Story at Hayward Gallery in 1989 and The Essential Black Art in 1987. Being a recipient of three doctorate (PhDs) from the universities of East London, Southampton and Wolverhampton UK. He formed a project and gave rise to history of art in postwar Britain, which included all the artists from all cultures who took part within the historical structure of modern developments. Making Myself Invisible is his autobiographical book which was published in 1984 along with his other book, Art Beyond Art/ Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the 21st Century (2010).
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Rasheed Araeen In Conversation with Hoor Al Qasimi-Moderated by H.G. Masters, Writer, and Almanac Editor, ArtAsiaPacific