visual arts (painting, sculpture, drawing and print media)
Raafat Ishak was born in Cairo in 1967 and migrated to Australia in 1982. Raafat ‘s practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Individual exhibitions include Nomination for the presidency of the new Egypt, Sutton Gallery, 2012, Recipes for aversion and strategy, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 2010 and Responses to an immigration request from one hundred and ninety four governments, Sutton Gallery, 2009. Raafat was included Melbourne Now, 2014, National gallery of Victoria, Safar/ Voyage at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2013. The Other’ Other at Artspace in Sydney, 2012. The Venice Biennale’s Future of a promise, 2011. New 010 at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art, and Cubism & Australian Art at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, all in 2010. Raafat has an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, 1990, a post graduate degree in architecture history and conservation practice from the University of Melbourne, 2005 and a PHD fromt Monsah University, 2014. Raafat has been awarded a number of Australia Council grants including residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris in 2013. Raafat is a founding member of Ocular Lab Inc in Melbourne. Raafat lives, works and lectures in art in Melbourne and is represented by Sutton Gallery.