About Me

Specialising in Arabic Calligraphy, Islamic patterns, with silk, glass, stonework and mixed media.
International award-winning artist Raanaz Shahid hails from Manchester, England. She discovered a strong and deeply creative flare for contemporary art at a very early age observing Arabic Calligraphy on a school trip, intrigued by the geometric shapes and patterns. Raanaz decided then that the creative arts were something she wanted to pursue. Her Asian and Islamic heritage fuels her love for art, fusing Eastern and Western cultures together. Raanaz works closely with textiles and mixed-media, incorporating stonework, geometry, biomorphic and Islamic patterns, with Arabic calligraphy and abstract design on silk, velvet and glass.

Studying Art & Design at an Advanced level at college, Raanaz honed her talent by studying methodologies fusing ideas in Fashion & Textiles, Surface Pattern, Graphic Design, Photography, Fine Arts, Mixed Media, Screen Printing, and Ceramics.

Refining her techniques further, Raanaz pursued a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Surface Pattern (with Textiles) at the University of Central Lancashire. Embracing her creativity and passion, free reign was given to explore her imagination within the realms of Islamic Art and Calligraphy.
Her website later created a conduit to both support and expand her ever-growing body of work. In 2014 she was presented with the opportunity to collaborate with the Ahlan Art Gallery, which allowed Raanaz to showcase her work to a wider audience.

Raanaz won 2nd prize in an Islamic Art & Calligraphy competition held by the Global Aid Trust, with a piece entitled ‘Through The Looking Glass’ held in 2015. This reinforced Raanaz’s position as an artist of Islamic Design in the modern era.

Awareness of her work grew further when Raanaz exhibited two pieces for the ‘Who Is Muhammad’ campaign held in London. She also exhibited at the Faith In Art exhibition, at the Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton.

Following this event, Raanaz was asked by the Islam Channel to donate two pieces of art for a charity auction. This presented an opportunity to combine her work with several other charitable organisations.
Later in 2015, for the first time gaining international acclaim, Raanaz had several works of art showcased at both the World Art Show held in Dubai and the Global Islamic Economic Summit. Organised by Ahlan Art, in conjunction with Thomson Reuters & Dubai Chambers, with VIP guest His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Raanaz’s work has also led her to collaborate with actress Yasmin Karimi, designing and hand-making the Swarovkis crystal work on her limited edition products.

In 2016, Raanaz was contacted by the Shahid Afridi (Pakistani cricketer) Foundation, to collaborate and donate a piece of art for their charity fundraiser to help build water wells in Pakistan. Raanaz’s piece alone lead to building 5 water wells. Her piece sold for the highest bid of all the artworks on the night.
Her work has also lead her to work with Islamic Relief New York and the University of Bonn, Germany in conjunction with Islamic Relief Germany.

Raanaz has been interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Derby about her work as an artist and also appeared on the Islam Channel and British Muslim TV.

Raanaz’s biggest honour came, when she was recognised at the 2016 British Muslim Awards, winning the Arts and Culture Awareness Award and then adding international recognition in 2017 when she was was honored by the World Contemporary Artist Awards, in Hong Kong winning the Appreciation of Artistic Talent Award.