Raghava KK, named by CNN as one of the 10 most fascinating people the world is yet to know of, is a multi-disciplinary artist, working in genres as disparate as painting, film, installation, multimedia, performance, and his own wedding.
He began as a cartoonist in 1997 with leading Indian publications. His work conceptually grapples with the construct of identity, gender and sexuality, and the absence of interpersonal context in today’s world of online identity performance.
In 2010, Raghava spoke at the TED Conference in Long Beach, CA. He has lectured at New York University (New York, NY) and at several art institutions, including New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH, USA) and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Nîmes, France). In 2007, he was invited as a guest of the city of Nîmes to exhibit his work at the Carre d’Art Musee d’Art Contemporain.
Raghava’s performance art piece Anthropomorphism: When Paintings Dance was premiered in California in 2005 through a grant from the American India Foundation. His public art installations include a library for the Robin Hood Foundation in the Bronx, NY.
He recently launched his interactive iPad app, which inspires open-mindedness at the earliest stages, at Art Stage, Singapore and the India Art Summit, New Delhi. He presently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
UNTOLD STORY: As a school kid, Raghava used to perform magic shows at children’s birthday parties to earn pocket money.