Zarina (b. 1937) was born in Aligarh, India. After receiving a degree in mathematics, she went on to study woodblock printing in Bangkok and Tokyo, and intaglio with S. W. Hayter at Atelier-17 in Paris.
She has exhibited at numerous venues internationally including representing India at the 2011 Venice Biennale, and her retrospective exhibition entitled Zarina: Paper Like Skin was presented at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles in 2012, and at the Guggenheim, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013.
Her work is in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Menil Collection, Houston. Current projects include a solo exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO, from September 2019 to February 2020, group exhibition at Harvard Art Museums from September 2019 to January 2020, and a group exhibition at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK.
The Smithsonian Archives of American Art also has information on Zarina, titled Zarina Hashmi Papers, 1950-2015. It includes material on Zarina’s life and career through biographical material; correspondence with friends, dealers, and curators; writings, including diary pages, a digital video recording of a lecture, and notebooks; project files containing sketches, studies, and reference material; printed material; and over 100 photographs from various stages in her life.