KANISHKA RAJA – LECTURE  SEPTEMBER 7, 2017  3:00 pm  at the DEPOT.

KANISKA RAJA Bio August 2017
Kanishka Raja’s practice explores the intersection of representation, craft, technology, and
the gaps that occur in the transmission of information. In composite fields that tap into
oppositions of the technological versus the handmade, original versus reproduction and
neutral versus contested, Raja’s paintings and their woven, scanned, printed, embroidered
and reproduced counterparts interlock in complex visual fields that consider the translation
and transposition of visual data and are charged with colliding realms of the foreign and
the familiar.
Mr. Raja’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Asia Society
Museum, NY, the ICA Boston, Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, ICA Philadelphia
and the Rose Art Museum, among others. Selected solo gallery exhibitions include
Greenberg van Doren, Jack Tilton Gallery and Envoy, in New York and Galerie Mirchandani
+ Steinrücke, Mumbai. In 2016, Raja completed work on a major Percent for Art
commission from the Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City for a permanent public
Raja is the recipient of a 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell
Foundation and winner of the 2004 ICA Artists’ Prize awarded by the Institute of
Contemporary Art, Boston. He has been awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
(LMCC) Workspace Residency, been a Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide,
Italy and a recipient of an NEA funded residency at the International Studio & Curatorial
Program (ISCP), New York.
Kanishka Raja’s work was featured in the recent monograph Passages: Indian Art Today
(Gerard Goodrow & Julia Ritterskamp, daab Media, Cologne, 2014) and will be included in
the upcoming volume, 20th Century Indian Art (Rakhee Balaram, Partha Mitter & Parul
Mukherji, editors, Skira, Milan, 2016).
Kanishka Raja received his BA from Hampshire College, an MFA from the Meadows
School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University and attended the Skowhegan School of
Painting and Sculpture.
The artist was born in Calcutta and lives and works in New York and Kolkata.

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254 Johnson Ave

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