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Welcome to Rubina Rajan Fine Art.

Here you will find my abstract paintings inspired by zen calligraphy and abstract lyrical expressionism.


artist statement

Art heals – artist and viewer. This is why I paint.

Many years ago, an exhibition of ancient Chinese calligraphy at the Seattle Asian Art Museum confirmed this healing power of art to transport viewers to another dimension, to a sublime stillness where everything becomes one.

Drawing from my practice of Zen calligraphy, I create abstract ink or acrylic paintings where my challenge and joy is to capture the essence of the chosen theme. This can be inspired by time spent in nature, places, an idea, a feeling, calligraphy folios, bamboo, wise words, etc…. At times, I don’t have a theme other than following the breath…

After setting up my table and supplies quietly, mindfully, I start, breathing in… and while breathing out…, paint the first calligraphic stroke. And then, the journey begins, one step, one stroke at a time, sometimes slow and steady, at times fast and furious, at times hesitant, playful… forgetting and remembering to stay anchored in the breath.


It is the tremendous power of art to heal that draws me to paint. Passionate about Zen calligraphy, I have studied with various brush masters including Ari Tomita, Alok Kwan-hang and Tomoko Kodama. Mentored by Patricia Baldwin, I have also studied Western art through courses in drawing, painting and printmaking. Abstract and lyrical expressionism have held me very captive, especially the works of Mark Rothko and French artist Georges Mathieu. In addition, I also offer workshops using art-making for healing.


Many years ago, I founded Ismaili Artists Worldwide, a networking platform for Ismaili artists. This group has over 2,500 members and as of this year, is part of Artany Gallery and Advisory.


Currently based in Vancouver, I spent my formative years in Rwanda. This land of a thousand hills has instilled a deep love and reverence for Nature. After Rwanda, I lived in Belgium before moving to Canada. To date, my paintings have been exhibited in various galleries nationally and internationally including the embassy of Japan in Ottawa, Canada and Koto-ku Cultural Centre in Tokyo. My paintings are part of collections worldwide

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Zen Calligraphic Painting:

Training with Asian brush masters in Canada, U.S and France.


Western Art:

Life drawing, acrylic workshops, printmaking, open studios.





2016  North Shore Art Crawl, North Vancouver

           Delany’s Coffee House, West Vancouver


2011  The New Post-Literate: A Gallery of Asemic Writing


2010  Open Studios in the Arts District, Vancouver


2009  Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver



2022  Spectrum, Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver

2020  Art of Resilience, West Vancouver Community Council


2019  Spectrum 2019, Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver



Spectrum 50, Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver

Jubilee Arts BC, Richmond Ismaili Centre, Richmond, BC


2017  Spectrum, Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver



Confluence, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver

Art Gallery, BC Buddhist Festival, Vancouver

2nd Annual Spring Exhibition, Silk Purse Arts Centre, West Vancouver


2013  Intersections, Roundhouse Community Gallery, Vancouver


2011  Waves of Light, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver



The Way of the Brush, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa   Generation ONE, Irvin K. Barber Learning Centre Gallery, UBC, Vancouver        

The Beginning, Roundhouse Community Gallery, Vancouver



Members’ Winter Exhibition, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver          

Confluence iv, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa          

Confluence iii, Japanese Language School, Vancouver         

Confluence ii, Koto-ku Cultural Centre/Canadian Embassy, Tokyo         

Hot off the Press, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver   Nur – Light, the Essence, Roundhouse, Vancouver



Confluence i, Embassy of Japan, Ottawa          

Hot Off the Press, Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver

Hidden Rivers, Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver

Twirling the Lotus, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver The Artists’ Salon, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver          

Student Show, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver


SOS Children’s Village BC Auction, Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, BC          

The Anonymous Art Show, CityScape Com. Art Space Gallery, N.Vancouver          

Chahar Bagh, Roundhouse Community Gallery, Vancouver




Private collections.worldwide

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