Rasti Chinese Art is dedicated to inspiring audiences with the finest Chinese and Islamic works art as well as exceptional works of contemporary fine art by some of Asia’s most notable artists.
Previously, founder Nader Rasti joined Christie’s, London in 1986 and became an auctioneer and the Director of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department before co-founding Knapton Rasti Asian Art in London in 2000. The gallery was first located in Kensington Church Street before relocating to Duke Street, St. James’s. In response to an increasing number of Asian clients, Nader established Rasti Chinese Art on Hong Kong’s famed Hollywood Road in 2013.
The gallery is particularly known for its specialisation in Chinese jade, hardstone carvings and sculpture, and for being a tastemaker rather than following market trends. Its annual calendar of exhibitions mounted and catalogues published are highly anticipated by collectors, curators and scholars. Nader’s exhibitions focusing on Chinese Tang, Song and Yuan dynasty jade animal carvings in the early 2000s brought attention to, what was then, an overlooked area. More recently, his exhibition on Buddhist and Daoist art in 2019 highlighted the beauty and importance of fresco paintings and sculpture.
The gallery has exhibited in numerous international art fairs including Asian Art in London, Asia Week New York, and Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong, amongst others.
The contemporary artists that the gallery represents share a timeless literati aesthetic, no matter the chosen medium from photography to ink on paper, so that objects from old and past can echo each other in an endless dialogue.