Ravikumar Kashi

Visual Artist & Educationist


Ravikumar Kashi is an artist who works in different mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography and installation. His works combine or cut across defined expectations from these mediums. His idea / concept driven works are layered and connect with the viewer in multiple ways. He responds to his times in a poetic visual language. Desire, fragility and transformation are a major concern in his works along with introspection.

Kashi was born in Bangalore in 1968. He completed his B.F.A. from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore in 1988; M.F.A. from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1990; and M.A. in English from Mysore University, in 1995. He learnt handmade papermaking from Glasgow School of Art, U.K. He also learnt Hanji, traditional Korean papermaking, from Jang Ji Bang, Korea. 

He has held solo show of his works in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi in India and London - UK, Palo Alto - USA, Shanghai - China and Belforte del Chienti - Italy. He has also shown his works in various curated shows across the world in museums, biennales, art fairs and galleries. His participations include ‘Diamond Leaves', Brilliant Artist Books from around the world, curated by Xu Bing and Marshall Weber, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Biennale Internationale des Arts des Fibres et du Papier, Museum of World Religion, Taiwan; 11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh; ‘Edge of Desire' international traveling show - curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; Asia Society Museum, New York; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.U.S.A.NGMA, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Royal Ontario Museum , Toronto, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai'; Arad International Biennale of Romania, 2005, Romania; 'Personal Histories', curated by Robyn Faster, at Red Land Museum, Queensland, Australia; 'Trajectories. 19-21 Century printmaking in India and Pakistan. Curated by Dr.Paula Sengupta and Camilla Cahudhury - Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; International Artist Book Fair, Barcelona, Spain. and Regia Emilia, Italy; 4th European International Book Art Biennale, Goa, India; Ninth Bharath Bhavan International Biennial of Print Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India.
He has received National award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi in 2001 and two awards from Karnataka Lalita Kala Academy 1990, 1999 and one from Karnataka Shilpa Kala Academy for his works in 2000. He has also received first prize in 'Ventipertrenta', International Festival of Digital Art 2017, from Museo Internazionale Dinamico de Arte Contemporanea, Italy.
He writes on art in Kannada and English. Two of his books, 'Anukta' and 'Kannele' have been published from Akshara Prakashana, Heggodu. His book 'Kannele' has received Karnataka Sahitya Academy award in 2015.
He also teaches at RV School of Architecture, Acharya School of Design and Azim Premji University as visiting faculty.
His works can be seen at