Zakriya Rabani. Artist.
Zakriya Rabani is a first generation human. Given a different last name than both of his parents he has grown as a Southwest Floridian with influences consisting of the relentless repetitive nature of the blue-green crashing waves, the push for strategic explosions of energy in the world of sport and competition, as well as an obsession of contending with present-day educational/institutional structures. Rabani challenges the patterns of man by using his own absurd experiences that fuel his art practice.
Exhibited nationwide in galleries, museums, competitions and public art spaces, Rabani has shown at Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO; ArtFields, Lake City, South Carolina; Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN; Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO; Indianapolis Art Centre, Indianapolis, IN; WARPHAUS, Gainesville, FL; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL. He has been a resident at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN and is a 2019 ArtFields Best Installation Performance Winner.
By the age of 24, Zakriya Rabani achieved national rankings in both the sports of Tennis and Beach Volleyball, MFA from the University of South Florida and a BFA from the University of Florida. Founder of two separate collegiate beach volleyball organizations Rabani has extreme amounts of passion, mysteries from his Asian heritage, all the while always having a love for sharing information and experiences through storytelling and teaching.