Collection: Razan Al Sarraf

Visual artist based between Kuwait and Los Angeles.

Through painting and video-making Razan Al Sarraf covers the social, cultural and spiritual climate of the Arab world. She graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA in Fine Arts and is currently an MFA candidate at CalArts in Los Angeles.

She is the recipient of the Ministry of Higher Education of Kuwait Merit Scholarship, SVA Alumni Society Scholarship & Award, as well as multiple Kuwait Culture Academic Merit awards.

What Do You See? A Conversation with Razan Al Sarraf by Afnan Al-Yafaey

I met Razan in 2019 in her studio space at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I was seeking GCC identifying artists for the purposes of finding nuance, narratives, and stories from the region I grew up in. The search led to Razan and her art depicting powerful forms of storytelling and raw emotion. Her work throughout the years continues to be honest and possesses a candid intensity allowing for the ability to see lived experiences and conceptual interpretations through her eyes. Razan’s visual art possesses the ambitious goal of translating complex ideas to people and spaces around her---she strives to create a meaningful connection with her audience. In addition to her work’s complexity, Razan finds value in the aesthetics behind her work and is mindful of presentation, believing the impact and power it can have on viewers. Her work is rooted in connectivity, between herself and her subject, her surroundings, the mediums she chooses, so much so that it encourages onlookers to think and most importantly feel.

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Born and raised in Kuwait, Razan has an impressive variety of artistic accomplishments including participating in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, New York City, and Kuwait, giving artist talks at Asia Society NY and the Arab Conference at Harvard, curating exhibitions in NYC and hosting studio visits for Sotheby’s Masters students.

She has also been featured in TIME magazine and Harpers Bazaar Arabia, as well as several podcasts and interviews internationally.

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  • Meet Razan AlSarraf | Artist

    Meet Razan AlSarraf | Artist

    We had the good fortune of connecting with Razan AlSarraf and we’ve shared our conversation below. Hi Razan, why did you pursue a creative career?I’ve always been connected to my...

    Meet Razan AlSarraf | Artist

    We had the good fortune of connecting with Razan AlSarraf and we’ve shared our conversation below. Hi Razan, why did you pursue a creative career?I’ve always been connected to my...

  • CalArts Post-Grad Show 2022

    CalArts Post-Grad Show 2022

    On Saturday, Oct. 29, CalArts’ MFA Class of 2022 celebrates the opening of durée, their postgraduate group exhibition, at Helen J Gallery in Hollywood. French philosopher Henri Bergson uses the word “duration”...

    CalArts Post-Grad Show 2022

    On Saturday, Oct. 29, CalArts’ MFA Class of 2022 celebrates the opening of durée, their postgraduate group exhibition, at Helen J Gallery in Hollywood. French philosopher Henri Bergson uses the word “duration”...

  • In conversation... Razan Al Sarraf & Elina Sairanen

    In conversation... Razan Al Sarraf & Elina Sair...

    In this interview, visual artist Razan Al Sarraf talks to Elina Sairanen about her practice, educational background, shares insights into her artistic path and discusses particular series, including The 100 Portrait Series of deceased...

    In conversation... Razan Al Sarraf & Elina Sair...

    In this interview, visual artist Razan Al Sarraf talks to Elina Sairanen about her practice, educational background, shares insights into her artistic path and discusses particular series, including The 100 Portrait Series of deceased...

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