Painter, Graphic Designer, Traveller

Aamir Rabbani

I am a visual artist based in Delhi working primarily in painting. Having finished my Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting) from Jamia Millia Islamia University (2017), I have since worked as a graphic designer at the Ravish Kapoor Design Studio while continuing my artistic practice. Painting for over ten years now, my work has dealt with the themes of sexuality, gender, desire and intimacy, particularly exploring aspects of gay life in the Indian city.


As a Muslim migrant from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, where I was first fascinated by Abbu’s watercolour portraits and my sister’s livelihood of embroidering cotton clothes, I have since tried to make sense of this hometown legacy, even as I come to terms with particular thematics, freedoms and fears that a city like Delhi brings to my doorstep. 


My work has been exhibited at various art venues invested in exploring the complexities of gender/sexuality in Indian art, including

1. Me/We: A Queer Art Exhibition, curated by Engendered, at the American Centre, Delhi.

2. Refracted Lives, curated by Insideout delhi at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi.

3. Satrangi Salam: The Red Festival, Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Identities, curated by The Quart Project in Dwarka, Delhi. 

4. Spectrum: For World AIDS Day, curated by Impulse New Delhi, at the Artizen Art Gallery, ITO, Delhi.

5. Participated in a Group Art Exhibition in ‘3rd All India Annual Art Exhibition’ at Arpana Art Gallery, New Delhi in February 2019

6. Participated in art exhibition for ‘The Closed Closet’ Art Show. Curated by Saba Tarannum at M.F.Hussain Art Gallery, New Delhi in March 2019.

7. Awakeking :  curated by Insideoutdelhi art project, (got the peoples choice award).

8. Group show at India Art Fair 2020 by Italian Embassy Cultural Centre. Curated by Myna Mukherjee, Davide Quadrio.

Apart from such official art spaces, my participation in various sexuality rights and trans rights protest spaces in Delhi, made me explore the relationship between politics, public art and visual styles in my political art posters.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” 

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