Raqib Shaw was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in West Bengal, India, in 1974. His parents moved to Srinagar, Kashmir, when he was a few months old. Shaw moved to London in 1998, to study at St Martin’s School of Art. Unable to afford artists’ oil paints, he used quick-drying industrial enamel paints. He has developed his unique technique ever since. His scenes are often based on Old Master paintings, which he recreates in autobiographical terms, introducing himself, his dogs, his studio and an assortment of characters. Many of the settings are staged in Kashmir.