Raafat Ishak was born in Egypt and lives and works in Melbourne. He has an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, a post-graduate degree in architecture history and conservation practice from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD from Monash University.
Working across painting, sculpture, installation and site-specific drawing, Ishak's practice is informed by the history of painting and architecture. His practice is generated through ubiquitous acts of research, experimentation, withdrawal, exclusion and fatigue.
He has been awarded a number of Australia Council grants including residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris in 2013. His work is held in many significant public and private collections. He is a founding member of Ocular Lab Inc and is Head of Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Raafat Ishak is creating a permanent artwork for the new Anzac Station.