About Me

BIO

Shefali Ranthe is an award-winning contemporary artist who has quickly established herself as a rising star of the Middle Eastern art world.

Shefali was born in Bangladesh and adopted to Denmark as an infant. After spending her youth in Denmark she then spent 10 years living in vibrant Dubai and has only recently relocated back to Denmark where she is now based in Copenhagen.

Shefali is a self-taught artist and is known for her brilliant compositions, vivid hues and rich textures.. all that lead to the joy of life. This aspect of her art has opened up multiple meanings as she is engaged with representing ideas of existence, mythology, cultural codes, and intricacies of psyche – both individual and cultural.

The 50’s art scene lays ground for Shefali’s paintings. Inspiration is found in the CoBrA and Avant Garde movement, and her paintings are defined by a unique style of semi-abstract, naïve and spontaneous compositions of creatures, both human and from the animal kingdom.

Through her work Shefali depicts situations with the intention of evoking stories in her audience. She tries not to be too literal, so individuals have space to discover their own feelings and reactions. Story telling is important to Shefali as she believes the ability to tell them is an essential part of our being.

However, abstraction does not mean a complete detachment from the world which contains our emotions, feelings, passions and dreams. Entities which cannot be visualized but sensed, stored and remembered. Shefali attempts to reach that depth of human psyche through her brilliantly constructed canvases. The inclusion of primordial images: birds, fish, etc., are like linking her aesthetics to the history of art, especially the art of Prehistory, in which familiar animals were depicted as signs, rather than physical creatures.

Shefali says of her work, “Due to a traumatic childhood where I lost my mother, the search for a happy family life means everything to me. For me, art is about creating happiness, surprise and feelings. Art makes me feel alive, and I seek to share an experience of harmony and long lasting joy with my surroundings”.

Shefali’s work has now reached a level of maturity and assurance that continues to attract new audiences and collectors.

Her work has been displayed around the world to great appreciation and demand, with particular interest from The National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2022, 2019 and 2017.

Other collator’s include:
Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China 2020
The National Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2018
Bursa Kent Museum, Turkey 2018, 2019

As well as being part of the International Contemporary Art private collections, Shefali’s work has also been shown in numerous important international exhibitions across the globe, including Dubai, New York, Amsterdam, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Oslo and Denmark.

Shefali holds a BA of Social Education (Art and Culture) VIA from University College, Aarhus, Denmark, and has studied art in Denmark, Sweden, Ghana and Dubai.

Furthermore, Shefali’s educational background as a graphical designer has taken her to major countries and cities such as Singapore and London.

Shefali Ranthe CV

2022

9th Beijing International Art Biennale, The National Art Museum of China during Winter Olympic 2022 in Beijing

Solo exhibition Gallery 22, Copenhagen, Denmark

19th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

2021

28th Seoul International Art Festival (WCAA 2020), Korea

7th Geoje International Art Festival, Haegeumgang Theme Museum, South Korea
 
World Art Dubai, My Fair Lady, Trade Center, Dubai
 
The Art Fair, Copenhagen Denmark

2020

Art Gab (Works by women artist sell for 47.6% less than those by male artists at auctions) To highlight female artists paint 47,6% less to make a powerful statement.

2th Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale, Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

26th Seoul International Art Festival (WCAA 2020), Korea

Thee Gallery, Dubai

Earth Dream, (High light Global warming) Brussel, Belgium

Art Herning 2020, Galerie Helth Denmark

2019

Solo GalleriPuls Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

8thBeijing International Art Biennale, The National Art Museum of China

World Art Dubai, Light Installation “Nour”, Trade Center, Dubai

Empati Group exhibition, Bursa Kent Museum, Turkey

Solo GallerieHeth, Christianshavn Copenhagen Denmark

Art for all, Copenhagen, Denmark

Furesø Municipality, Rådhuset, Værløse, Copenhagen, Denmark

CPH Art Space, Copenhagen, Denmark

Art Herning 2019, Galerie Helth Denmark

2018

World Art Dubai

18th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Gallery Krebsen, Copenhagen Denmark

Solo Sofitel The Palm, Dubai

International Plain Air, Druskininku, Lithuania

GalleriPuls Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Solo Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark

Solo World Art Dubai, Trade Center, Dubai

Oxford International Art Fair, represented by A Bridge For Life, Oxford

Parallax Art Fair, Kensington London

2017

7th Beijing International Art Biennale, The National Art Museum of China

Empati Group exhibition, Bursa Kent Museum, Turkey

Brick Lane Gallery, London

World Art Dubai, Trade Center, Dubai

Carré d´artistes, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris

Gallery Krebsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016

Pro Art Gallery, Dubai

Dubai International Art Symposium

Solo exhibition, XL Carréd´artistes, Marseille, France

World Art Dubai, Gallery Art Zest, Dubai/London

Sharjah Cultural Centre, Sharjah, UAE

Dubai International Art Centre, Gallery 76, Dubai

2nd Edition of Artistic Retreat Cultural Oman-UAE, Abu Dhabi

Art in a Secret, Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue,Dubai

Danish Embassy, Abu Dhabi

2015

Art For All, DUCTAC, Mall Of The Emirates, Gallery Art Zest, Dubai

Street Art Gallery, Dubai

Solo XL Carré d´artistes, Amsterdam, France

Art Fair Dubai, The Address Hotel, Dubai

Tie Con DXB, Festival City, Dubai

Artistic Retreat Cultural Exchange, (ZeeArts-Paragon Arts) Oman

Carré d´artistes, New York and Amsterdam

Restart The Art, Sameness Project, Jam Jar, Dubai

Norwegian Seamen’s Church, Dubai

Danish Consulate, Dubai

2014

Sikka Festival, Mawaheb from Beautiful People, World biggest Abaya, Dubai

Carréd´artistes, New York and Amsterdam

Nordic Business Council at BB1 Business Centre, Jumirah Lakes Towers, Dubai

Danish Consulate, Dubai

“Synergy” Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai

Art for Bosnia Herzegovina, DIAC Gallery 76, Dubai

2013

Carréd´artistes, New York

Dubai International Art Centre, Dubai

Carré d´artistes, France

Dubai International Art Centre, Dubai

Art Nation, Burjuman, Dubai

Art Sawa, DIFC, Dubai

Gallery Arteberry, Dubai

2010-12

Norwegian Seamen’s Church, Dubai
 
Abu Dhabi Art Fair represented by Gallery Art Sawa
 
Gallery Art Sawa, Dubai
 
Man Diesel Beach Road, Dubai
 
Women in art, Mondo Arte Gallery, Dubai
 
Sahara Gate, Al Bastakia, Dubai

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

Art Symposium, Beijing

Global Art Award, Dubai

Dubai International Art Symposium (DIAS 2016), given by the Patronage of Sheikh Jumaa BinMaktoum Bin Jumaa Al Maktoum, Dubai

Mind of a Winner, given by Executive Women, Dubai

Sikka Festival, World biggest Abaya, Mawaheb from Beautiful People, Dubai
Guinness World Records, 2015 Edition.

Dubai International Emerging Artist Award.

A member of The Judging Panel of the Sharjah International Bienniale for Children´s Arts

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