Raoof Haghighi

Raoof Haghighi

"Painting is like breathing for me"


Raoof is a self-taught versatile artist who has participated in over 70 groups and 40 solo shows in the United States - France - Iran - Spain - Czech republic & United Kingdom.


His artworks have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award 2011 - 2015 & 2017, Threadneedle Prize 2012 - 2013 & 2014, RBA Royal Society of British artists 2014, 2015 & 2016 - Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) 2014 - 2015 & 2017. Sky Arts portrait artist of the year 2014– London Heat winner, featuring in Sky Arts TV – November 4th, 2014. He was also chosen Overall Winner of ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2011 by Artist & Illustrators -the UK's number 1 magazine for original art.
In 2017 , he was crowned the winner of the Gold Memorial Bowl award for best miniature work nominated by Royal Society of Miniature Painters - Winner of The Mundy Sovereign Portrait Award 2019 (Royal Society of Miniature Painters) and the winner of two awards for best pure colored pencil and Great art award for best other subject at Annual UK Coloured Pencil Society Open International Exhibition.


His paintings are mostly oil on canvas and built upon his strong cultural traditions as well as his interest in the changing world of today. His work often combines contemporary ideas with traditional techniques. In his paintings, he has quite often questioned the attitudes, fears, conflicts, incompatibilities, and unwritten rules which have formed our environment and our behaviour within it.


Raoof’s paintings are in numerous private collections worldwide particularly in Iran, Spain, China, Denmark, Thailand, France, The UK, and The USA.