Engaging children with artists who look like them, have similar experiences, and come from similar backgrounds is a great source of inspiration and empowerment. By reflecting their own identities, experiences and motivations (mirrors) and also providing insight into the identities, experiences and motivations of others (windows) can move students toward more nuanced perceptions of the world around them (sliding glass doors).*  Discover new BIPOC artists to add to your curriculum.


*Source: By Rudine Sims Bishop, The Ohio State University. "Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors"
This is a evolving and growing resource. If you have any suggestions or would like to recommend additional artists, please e-mail us at antiracistartteachers@gmail.com We thank you for your collaboration!

South Asian Artists

Artists listed in alphabetical order by first/preferred name.

Artists have many layered identities and art educators need to present them as such.


Representing diverse artists in your curriculum is only part of an Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist curriculum. It needs to be more than a symbolic effort and art educators need to take into account intersectionality when introducing these artists to students. How do aspects of an artists’ social and political identities (ex. gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, religion, ability, physical appearance, etc.) intersect within their work?
In addition, we recognize that race is socially constructed and it is impossible to put humans in clearly defined categories by race. Racial identity is deeply personal, and artists within any given subgroup define themselves differently. Race, ethnicity, and nationality are all factors artist's individually consider as their personal identity. However, as mentioned previously that is not all that there is to their identity. We know that artists have many layered identities and art educators need to do the research to present them as such. These groupings are not perfect, as humans are not meant to be divided into boxes. We hope this resource can help art educators identify who is missing from their curriculum in order to create a curriculum more representative of the incredible diversity among students and artists today.

A

Abdur Rahman Chughtai
Pakistani

Abdus Shakur
Bangladeshi

Ahmed Parvez
Pakistani

Akbar Padamsee
Indian

Akram Ati
Afghani

Ali Akhlaqi
Afghani

Amrita Sher-Gil
Hungarian Indian

Anish Kapoor
Indian

Ajay Rathod
Indian

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Anjolie Ela Menon
Indian

Askari Mian Irani
Pakistani

Asim Waqif
Indian

Arif Bahaduri
Afghani

Atia Islam Anne Bangladeshi

Atul Dodiya
Indian

Ayesha Khalid
Pakistani

Ayqa Khan
Pakistani-American

Azim Fakhri
Afghani



B

Balan Nambiar
Indian

Bashir Mirza
Pakistani

Bharti Kher
British Indian

Bidhata K.C

C

Colin David
Pakistani




D

Devdad Chakraborty Bangladeshi

Dilara Begum Jolly Bangladeshi



E

Eqbal Mehdi
Pakistani




F

Firdousi Priyabhashini
Bangladeshi

Firoz Mahmud
Bangladeshi



G

George Keyt Sri Lankan




H

Hamed Hassanzada
Afghani

Hammiduzzaman Khan Bangladeshi

Hashem Khan Bangladeshi

Huma Mulji
Pakistani

I

Ismail Gulgee
Pakistani

Imran Qureshi
Pakistani



J

Jahan Ara Rafi
Afghani

Jamal Shah
Pakistan

Jamini Roy
Indian

Jamil Naqsh
British Pakistani

Jitish Kallat
Indian




K

Kalidas Karmakar

Kama Wangdi Bhutanese

Kanak Chanpa Chakma Bangladeshi

K G Subramanyan
Indian

Kurchi Dasgupta Nepalese

Kulsum Tasnif
Pakistani-American

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L-M

Malina Suliman
Afghani

Maria Qamar
Bangladesh, Indian, Canadian

Md Tokon
Bangladeshi

M F Husain
Indian

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan Bangladeshi

Monirul Islam Bangladeshi

Monsur Ul Karim Bangladeshi

Mostafa Monowar Bangladeshi

Mubinul Azeem Bangladeshi




N

Nabila Horakhsh
Afghani

Nalini Malani
Indian

Nandalal Bose
Indian

Nobo Kumar Bhadra Bangladeshi

Novera Ahmed Bangladeshi




O-P-Q

Qayyum Chowdhury
Bangladeshi




R

Rabindranath Tagore
Indian

Rafiqun Nabi
Bangladeshi

Ragini Upadhyay Grela Nepalese

Raja Ravi Varma
Indian

Rashid Choudhury
Bangladeshi

Rashid Rana
Pakistani

Reena Saini Kallat
Indian

Rina Banerjee
Indian-American

S

Sadequain
Pakistani

Safiuddin Ahmed Bangladeshi

Sahej Rahal
Indian

Saira Wasim
Pakistani

Salima Hashmi
Pakistani

Samarjit Roy Chowdhury Bangladeshi

Saurganga Darshandhari Nepalese

Seema Sharma Shah Nepalese

Seneka Senanayake Sri Lankan

S H Raza
Indian

Shahabuddin Ahmed
Bangladeshi

Shashir Bhattacharjee Bangladeshi

Shamim Sikder
Bangladeshi

Shahzia Sikander
Pakistani

Shamsia Hassani
Afghani

Sheelasha Rajbhandari Nepalese

Sheela Gowda
Indian

Shilpa Gupta
Indian

SM Sultan
Bangladeshi

Sneha Shrestha
Nepalese

Subodh Gupta
Indian

Sushma Shakya Nepalese

Syed Abdullah Khalid Bangladeshi

Syful Islam Bangladeshi

T

Tayeb Mehta
Indian

Tayeba Begum Lipi Bangladeshi

Thukral & Tagra
Indian


U-V

Vasudeo S Gaitonde
Indian

Vishal Jugdeo
Indo-Guyanese descent



W-X-Y-Z

Zainab Haidary
Afghani

Zarina Hashmi
American Indian

Zainul Abedin
Bangladeshi


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South Asia or Southern Asia is the southern region of Asia, which is defined in both geographical and ethno-cultural terms. The region consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.