A solo show featuring woks by Raza Bukhari opened in September at Full Circle Gallery. Bukhari’s work comes across showing relationship between art and life. The artist takes art as his voice, a powerful interpretation of his deepest thoughts and strongest desires.
His artworks are a glimpse into how life is divided between cultures; everything that we see is filtered by conditioning. He tries to express the sprite of the time. Painting for him is akin to narrating stories of outer limits of human behavior. Exaggerating the familiar and making it strange, his work speaks the nature of culture in the 21st century. By taking a single religious image and removing it from its original context; he makes it mysterious and try to entice the viewer to make their own narrative. Inspired and fascinated by the Islamic motifs as a child that portrayed mostly Persian home, Persian style illuminations and miniature paintings, the artist has included the same in his paintings.
Using mix media, archival prints and carpets to create intricate imagery portraying complex political, religious and daily life relationships, Raza’s work speaks the nature of culture in the 21st century. The artist’s work is perceived as strikingly engaging and visually rich.