Renowed Indian-born American printmaker and sculptor Zarina Hashmi, has died in London at the age of 83, 25 April, after a long illness.
Zarina was born in 1937 in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh , India. Her father, Sheikh Abdur Rasheed, was a professor of history at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and she went on to study Mathematics at AMU.
She was one of the very few women among the Indian artists of her time. Zarina, who went by her first name as an artist, worked on printmaking, sculpture and minimal drawing. Zarina’s works define her experiences and her personal life. An early interest in architecture and mathematics is reflected in her works, especially her use of geometry and her emphasis on structural purity.
Indian Poet, art critic, cultural theorist, curator , Ranjit Hoskote, announced on Twitter on sunday about her sad demise. “Heartbroken to hear that Zarina Hashmi has passed away in London. She was magnificent: full of wit and shrewd wisdom, her work imbued with a tragic vision. I was privileged to have her as one of my artists in India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2011. RIP,” he wrote.