Razan Al Sarraf (b. 1996) is a Kuwaiti-born visual artist based in New York. Through painting she covers the social, religious and political climate of the Middle East. She recently graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York, with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts. Razan is the recipient of the Ministry of Higher Education of Kuwait Merit Scholarship, SVA Alumni Society Scholarship & Award, as well as multiple Kuwait Culture Academic Merit awards. She has exhibited internationally, participating within solo and group shows in New York City, New Jersey and Kuwait.


2018                 School of Visual Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, New York, New York

Honors & Awards

2018 - 2019

Professional Development Initiative Fellow with the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Kuwaiti Embassy, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science

2014 – 2018

Alumni Society Scholarship & Award, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Honors in Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Certificate of Academic Merit, Kuwait Culture Office, Washington DC, USA

Merit Scholarship, Ministry of Higher Education, Kuwait City, Kuwait



Generation ز , ArtX, New York, NY

Re-cord, SVA BFA Fine Arts Dept., New York, NY

Open Studios, SVA BFA Fine Arts Dept., New York, NY

We Love Decay, Flatiron Project Space, New York, NY

Abolish 153, The Hub, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Cutting Out, Art and Method, Brooklyn, NY

The Politics of Identity, SVA Chelsea gallery, New York, NY


Tradition is the Illusion of Permanence, SVA Fine Arts Dept., New York, NY

BFA Fine Arts Open Studios, SVA Fine Arts Dept., New York, NY

Becoming Shades, Flatiron Gallery, New York, NY

Herbs, Community Table, Kuwait

Showroom, Becarre Gallery, Salmiya, Kuwait


(In)timate, Venue 845, Newark, New Jersey

RAW: MOTIF, the Warsaw, Brooklyn, New York

Saffron, the View, Kuwait

Mise, Salhiya, Kuwait

Artist's Journal, VCS Gallery, New York, New York | Curated by Peter Hristoff

Artist Talks


Expanding Boundaries (Panel Discussion with Maha Al Asaker, Deniz Ataman, Nada Faris, and Samaher Bayazeed), May 7, Soho House, New York, NY

(Re)imagining Home (Panel Discussion at the Arab Conference at Harvard), April 6, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Generation ز : Artist/ Curator Talk and Exhibition Tour, December 19, ArtX, New York, NY

Culture Forum: Art for Sustainable Futures (Panel Discussion with artists Rashad Salim and Matthew Mazzota, moderated by Stephen Stapleton), October 16, Asia Society, New York, NY


International Student Artist Panel Discussion, August 31, SVA Student Center, New York, NY

Sotheby’s Institute of Art: Studio Visit and Artist Talk, February 13, SVA Fine Arts Department, New York, NY


Cultural Partner Program: Opening Ceremony, October 12, SVA Main Campus, New York, NY

International Student Artist Panel Discussion, August 26, SVA Student Center, New York, NY

Public Art Projects


Generation ز Wild Postings, Brooklyn NY


Acorn School Murals, September, New York, NY

Stuyvsant Cove Park Murals, April, New York, NY


Sarajatel Munira Nursery Murals, April, Zanzibar, Tanzania


“Razan Al Sarraf: … a new picture of Arab identity in New York”, The National, October, 2018

“I’m a Young Saudi Journalist. Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Will Not Silence Us”, TIME, October, 2018

“Six Women Who Are Shaping New York’s Creative Art Scene”, Harpers Bazaar Arabia, December, 2017