Was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 1995-2004 lived and worked in New York City, New York, United States of America. Since 2004 lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Almaty, Kazakhstan. She graduated from the National Pedagogical University, Faculty of Fine Arts, in Almaty, Kazakhstan; studied at the Academy of Fine Arts named after T.K. Zhurgenev, Faculty of Monumental Painting, as well as graduated from the Almaty Art College named after N.V.Gogol, Faculty of Applied Arts, Tapestry and Textile. She currently continues her studies at the University of Arts (Universität der Künste, UdK) in Berlin, Germany.
Nargis Rakhmanova represents a group of outstanding contemporary Kazakhstani artists of the post-soviet era who refined their artistic language in the West while deeply reflecting on their origins and cultural identity. Her artistic practice masterfully encompasses conceptual installations, which include sound, mixed media, embroidery, geometrical metal structures, but also painting, drawing and tapestry– all connected by a desire to see the nature of things and to uncover the truth behind a given phenomena.
Being born to a family of an internationally acclaimed musicologist and one of the leading sculptors in the country, Nargis is staying true to her origins and questions not only the ornamental structures, but the source of geometry itself.
With every exhibition the artist constructs platforms for experiencing and investigating human perception. By synthesising the arts and sciences, she erodes boundaries between the two and makes new methods of discovery available to those who look deeply at her work.
For her exhibitions, the «Sounds of Nomads, Decoding Messages of Beauty» at the National Museum of Music Instruments (2015) and the “I am a Nomad” from the series “The Path of Arabesque" at the A. Kasteev State Museum of Arts in Almaty (2016), Kazakhstan, Nargis has received the honourable title “Corresponding Member” of the Academy of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan and a Diploma of the Academy of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan for significant contributions in the area of visual arts. In 2017, Nargis was nominated for Jameel Prize 6, organised in collaboration between Art Jameel Foundation Dubai and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Her artworks have been exhibited at solo and group shows in New York, Washington D.C., Berlin, London, Moscow, Cannes to mention just a few and became a part of private and public collections.
Since 2016 - A Corresponding-Member of the Academy of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, founded and dedicated to research of National Heritage and Art Treasures.
2017 - Diploma from the Academy of Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan for significant contributions in the area of visual arts.
2018 - The Nominee for the JAMEEL PRIZE 2019 for contemporary artists and designers organised in collaboration with the VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, London, United Kingdom.