Ravikumar Kashi is an artist whose works defy easy categorization. He has done painting, sculpture, photography and installation, but they combine or cut across defined expectations from these mediums. He is constantly extending the boundaries of his practice. At the core of Ravi Kashi’s art work lies his Interest in exploring the mechanics of making meaning. Over the years, he has developed an unconventional artistic vocabulary, supported by a personalised logic, and an aesthetic structure born from a process-based act of combining ideas. He is invested in the conscious and unconscious linking of the visual image with a mental concept, which encourages a viewer to analyse and interpret much beyond the initial retinal response. The works tend to spill their secrets slowly, reliving associations imbued by the artist, and reflecting myriad others arising from individual and collective experience, and triggered memory.
Kashi was born in Bangalore in 1968. He completed his B.F.A. in painting from Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore in 1988; M.F.A. in printmaking from the prestigious 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 shown his works in solo, group and curated shows across the world in museums, galleries and art fairs. He has received numerous awards for his art and writing. He teaches as Associate Professor in CMR University School of Architecture in Bengaluru. He also writes on art in Kannada and English.