Bio: Raghubir Kintisch is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and writer born in NYC and has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1989. They received an MFA from OTIS College of Art and Design in 2017 and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. Kintisch's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, alternative spaces, and film/video festivals. In 2017-2018, they were part of a long-running group show at the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. entitled Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978– 1983. Their works have appeared in La Foret Museum, Tokyo, Japan; LAXART, Hollywood, LA; Keystone Art Gallery, LA; Robert Berman Gallery, LA; Mary Karnowsky Gallery, LA; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Winslow Garage, LA; Proxy Gallery, LA; MutMuz Gallery, LA; and others; and most recently, Angels Gate Cultural Center Gallery and LAUNCH Gallery in LA.
This summer, Kintisch will be a Byrdcliffe Cottage Artist in Residence with partial funding courtesy of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation. Last year, they were a Byrdcliffe Communal Artist-in-Residence for visual arts and in 2021, a recipient of a Silver Sun Foundation residency through The Secret City - also in Woodstock, N.Y. - where they kick-started the last of four self-published books about the confluence of artistic and spiritual practice. Their two most recent and ongoing series, Sleights of Mind and From One Tongue Came Thousands More, consist mostly of oil paintings on paper although collage and ink paintings on paper are also included. These works explore the cumulative transformative power of fragments, abstractions, and the repetition of devotional iconography and the terrain of the trance practitioner.
Artist Statement: I am a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, yogi, and writer and explore the confluence of art and spirit in all I do. Fascinated by the fetishism of devotional imagery and the transmutation of mystical experience into iconography, I work with images that stem from folk narrative and mythology, miracles, magic, archival photography, and personal histories of paranormal experience. The ritual and performance of these subjects fuel my paintings, drawings, objects, installation, videos, and sound pieces. For me, transmutation of the human spirit is best depicted by iteration and repetition. Through the act of dismantling and reinvention, images, shapes, colors, patterns, and sounds are fragmented, altered, and amalgamated into new forms. “From One Tongue Came Thousands More” refers to a line in the Sikh prayer, Japji, that speaks to the power of repetition– in particular, the chanting of sacred sounds that transforms consciousness and holds the key to living a divine life while in human form.
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Artists-in-Residence Exhibition: Byrdcliffe Reflections, on view April 29 – June 11, 2023
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Cottage Artists-in Residence, May- August 2023