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Alessandro Raho (born 1971, Nassau, Bahamas[1]) is a British portrait and landscape artist. His work has been shown around the world, including in the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Raho moved to London and attended Croydon College (1989-90) and then Goldsmith College, graduating in 1994 with a BA in Fine Art.[1] In 1995 he was included in the Young British Artist showcase Brilliant! at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

In early 1996, he was hailed as one of the great promises in British art,[2] and had a number of expositions important enough to be noted in the American[3] and the French press.[4] In 2001, he participated in an exposition called Unseen Landscapes,[5] and in 2003 showed his work at the Cheim & Read gallery in New York City, and his portraits drew the attention of The New York Times.[6]

By 2004, his reputation had increased to the point where he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London to paint a portrait of English actress Dame Judi Dench.[7] Imagining Dench as a "wealthy housewife," he painted her in a way that "thrilled and flattered" her.[8][9]

His work is collected by Damien Hirst, and has been shown in Tokyo, New York, and Salzburg.[10] Two of his pencil drawings, Catherine (2003) and Ewan (2004), are in the collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, as part of a 2005 donation by the Judith Rothschild Foundation.[11]


Raho works in a notably old-fashioned style, painting portraits and landscapes.[12] His paintings and photographs were described as dealing with "narrative, nostalgia and desire," and he employs intricate technical processes "to make his paintings luxuriously photographic and his photographs deceptively painterly."[13]


  1. ^ a b "Alessandro Raho". Cheim & Read. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Norman, Geraldine (1 January 1996). "The young pretenders". The Independent. 
  3. ^ "Stiff Upper Lip: British artists find irony in society's desperate politeness". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 24 March 1996. 
  4. ^ "Artistes et galeries à travers le monde". Le Journal des Arts. 5 December 1997. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Lowry the great minimalist". The Guardian. 25 May 2001. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Art Guide". The New York Times. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  7. ^ NPG Online Archive, accessed, 11 March, 2010
  8. ^ Jinman, Richard (19 January 2005). "National Gallery unveils Dench portrait". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Gold, Tanya (20 January 2005). "Nothing like the dame". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Williams-Akoto, Tessa (8 November 2006). "My Home: Alessandro Raho, portrait artist". The Independent. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Rattemeyer, Christian (2009). The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection: Catalogue Raisonne. Museum of Modern Art. p. 232. ISBN 9780870707513. 
  12. ^ Ewan, Alessandro Raho (1999).The Guardian 20 May 2000.
  13. ^ Nairne, Sandy; Sarah Howgate (2006). The portrait now. Yale UP. p. 150. ISBN 9780300115246. 


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