Raghava KK

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Migration Ink And Watercolor On Paper 30" X 24"
Drawing #5 Ink On Paper 30" X 24"
Drawing #3 Ink On Paper 30" X 24"
Issue #22 Monoprint On Paper 24" X 30"
Issue #11 Monoprint On Paper 24" X 30"
Issue #21 Monoprint On Paper 24" X 30"
Issue #24 Monoprint On Canvas 24" X 30"
'SAFETY BELT FOR THE CENSUS BUREAU' , 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 70'' X 48'' © Courtesy of the artist & Art Musings
'THAT'S ALL FOLKS!' , 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 57'' X 85'' © Courtesy of the artist & Art Musings
‘WHY TROUBLE THE IYER WITH COMPLEX IDEAS’ , 2013 Acrylic On Paper 23’’ X 16’’ © Courtesy of the artist & Art Musings
‘HATERS GONNA HATE’ , 2013 Acrylic On Canvas 24’’ X 27’’ © Courtesy of the artist & Art Musings
Another Knot in the String of Time, A Good Three Minutes Ahead of Me, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 73 X 121 © Courtesy of the Artist and Art Musings
Through The Looking Glass - X, 2015 Charcoal On Paper 18 X 12 © Courtesy of the Artist and Art Musings
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Raghava KK was born in 1980 in Bangalore, India and has traveled extensively around the world.  He is a self-taught artist working in a variety of mediums ranging from painting, performance, installation, sculpture to film.  He began his career working as a cartoonist for national newspapers in India. He quickly became interested in the artist’s journey, intrigued by the wide range of possibilities the world of art has to offer.

Stylistically, Raghava exerts a broad range of techniques. His work frequently investigates the human figure and confronts issues of gender, beauty, idealism, unconventionality and societal conformity.  His androgynous depictions of the human figure challenge the cultural notions of gender roles, sexuality, and power structures developed throughout political and visual histories. He often plays with the combination of realistic renderings injunction with caricatured forms to delineate its actual existence in comparison to its exaggerated and mutated manifestation. Raghava’s work employs mythological references, confessional narratives and utilizes the juxtaposition of iconic and grotesque depictions to evoke dialogues pertaining to the concept of the hybrid. As he evolves and encounters new experiences his work also undergoes transitions relevant to the time period in which it was executed.  Raghava believes in continually reinventing himself through the exploration of new ideas and materials and does not limit himself to specific genres.

Private Collectors, celebrities and important figures in the international art scene instantly recognized his talent.  Raghava’s work has been auctioned by Queens Museum, Christie’s NY and he was recently invited to show his work at Carre d’Arte Contemporain in Nimes, France. Raghava has received grants from various organizations including the Robin Hood Foundation and the American India Foundation. He has taught and lectured at multiple Art Institutes across the world. Raghava resides and works in both India and the United States.

Significant Solo Exhibitions:

2010 January, Ashvita Art Gallery, Chennai, India

2009 December, Art Musings, 'Brooklyn Bound R Train', Mumbai, India
2009 'Issues of Chronic Abstraction', Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2008 September, Art Musings, Mumbai, India

2007 December, Gallery Art Chamber, Goa, India
2007 October, Carre d’Art: Musee d’Art Contemporain, Nimes, France
2007 October, Gallery 27/Visual Art UK, London, England, UK
2007 March, Crimson Art Gallery, 'Venice Suite’, Bangalore, India

2006 March, ARTANA Gallery, Boston, USA

2005 November, Time and Space Art Gallery, Bangalore, India

2004 December, ‘Atypical Attiudes’, Ashvita Gallery, Chennai, India
2004 June, The Gallery at the Courtyard (Ashish Balram Nagpal Gallery), Mumbai, India

Significant Group Exhibitions:

2010 Crow Moon, Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

2008 Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi, India
2008 Pardah-EnGendered, Lincoln Center, New York, New York, USA

2007 December, Art in Step-Gallerie Ganesha and Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
2007 March, Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore, India
2007 January, ‘Young Masters’, Gallery Art Chamber, Galeria de Belas Artes-Goa, India

2006 August, ‘1001 Art Money’, Øksnehallen Gallery-Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 April, ‘Spectra’, Gallery Katayun, Calcutta, India

2003 November, Peter Louis Arts, Chicago, USA

2002 Peck Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

2000 Gallery Zen, Bangalore, India 

Significant Art Auctions:

2008 Indian Art Auction, Bid and Hammer Auction House, Bangalore, India

2004 Lincoln Center, NY, USA-conducted by Christie’s, curated by IAAC
2004 ‘Summer Gala Auction’, Queens Museum, Queens, NY, USA

Performance Art Shows:

2007 Nimes, France, collaboration with flamenco singer Pepe Linares

2005 San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA, ‘Anthropomorphism: When Paintings Dance’

Significant Lectures and Talks:

2010 TED Conference, California, USA

2007 Ecole des Beaux-Arts-Nimes, France

2006 New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
2006 Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 Changing Perspectives-presented paper on the pedagogy of art, Stella Maris College-Chennai, India

2004 Arts India West Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, USA

1998 Habitat Center, New Delhi, India

Significant Collaborative Projects:

2007 London Fashion Week-Ravage Bricolage-collaboration with designers (Ravage) to create art-inspired fashion line

2006 In the Moment-Collaborative dance, music, acting, painting with artists from Italy, France, Germany, Australia, USA, Switzerland, India-Time and Space Art Gallery-Bangalore, India

2005 Created sand installation with artist Andres Amador-San Francisco, CA, USA

2003 Created mural with artist Farid Belkahia-Bouznika, Morocco


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