Raghava KK


Named by CNN as one of the most remarkable people of 2010, Raghava KK is a multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur. He works in genres as disparate as iPad Art, interactive art, painting, film, installation and performance. His art-making process takes him outside the studio, to construct and participate in experiments using science and technology. He is a five-time TED speaker and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He has lectured at several art institutions and universities, including NYU (New York, NY), Kellogg, Carnegie Mellon, the New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH, USA) and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Nimes, France). He was a visiting artist at the Indian School of Business and the Copenhagen Business School. He is on the advisory board of the INK Conference and NuVu Studios, a radical education program started out of MIT, Boston. He was an official guest of the Republic of Israel, where he addressed 29 nations on creativity. His iPad art-book Pop-it won a Best of 2011 award from Kirkus Books. His exhibits at Purdah 2.0 (New York), That’s All Folks 2013, Exquisite Cadaver 2011, Brooklyn Bound R-Train 2009/10 and Drawn and Quartered 2008 (Art Musings, Mumbai), Carre d’Art Musee d’Art Contemporain (Nimes, France) and Radical Topography (Giacobetti Paul Gallery, New York) focus on how migration and geography have shaped his identity transformation. Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon invited Raghava to create the backdrop for his 2011 global tour. Raghava has also collaborated with two-time FIFI Award winning nose Yann Vasnier, with celebrity chef Dan Barber, and with singer/activist Erykah Badu. In 2013, Skylight Theatre, Wisconsin launched Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, which was set in an interactive setting designed by the artist. In Raghava’s paintings, iconic cartoons and popular memes are placed beside prominent historical figures in a space where each character transcends its usual association and takes on new identities. Raghava approaches his paintings as his own personal historical documents, where the linearity of time has been distorted and rearranged like a big knot creating parallel and orthogonal universes. Raghava KK’s nonchalant and edgy pictorial vocabulary hints at a future, which will purposefully engage with interdisciplinarity and experimentation.Raghava has also shown with Art Musings at the India Art Fair in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The artist currently works between New York and Bangalore.