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 a misunderstanding of who he is. His influences consist 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; whose systems have deeply effected his process for thinking. Rabani challenges the perception of structures, systems, patterns of man by using his own absurd experiences that manifest a code to fuel his artistic practice.
Exhibited in galleries, museums, and parks all throughout Florida, Georgia and New York, Rabani built his own version of a classroom, “Decks n’ Desks: A lesson in Flow” for a solo show in Gainesville, FL which led to the selection of the Atlantic Center of the “Arts 26th Annual University Student Exhibition” curated by Luis Gispert in New Smyrna Beach, FL, Rabani one of three selected from all universities in the state of Florida. Freeride Surf Shop in Gainesville, Fl sponsored an exclusive promo performance video for an outrageously sized skateboard that was part of Rabani’s Deck Series. Rabani has public work installed at Tattnall Square Park, Macon, Ga for their “Art in The Park Exhibition” and The Museum of Arts and Sciences Macon, Ga for their “Augmented” exhibition curated by Craig Coleman. Of recent note, Rabani has published his book, Divine Decks, Tampa, which is part of a long-term work he plans to establish around the United States.
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 of his Middle Eastern heritage, while always having a love for sharing information and experiences through storytelling and teaching.