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 amost recently, Angels Gate Cultural Center Gallery.
Kintisch was recently (2022) a recipient of a Byrdcliffe Artist Residency in Woodstock, N.Y. for painting and in 2021, a recipient of a Silver Sun Foundation writing residency in Woodstock, N.Y. Kintisch has published four books since 2020 about the confluence of artistic and spiritual practices. Their most recent and ongoing series, From One Tongue Came Thousands More, includes oil paintings on paper and ink on paper exploring the cumulative transformative power of fragments, abstractions, and the repetition of devotional iconography.
Artist Statement: I am a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, yogi, and writer and I explore the confluence of art and spirit in all things 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, 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 form. “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, to transform, live a divine life while in human form, and ascend the ladder of liberation.
February 2023 Re.iterate, Launch LA., Los Angeles, CA Curated by Lorraine Heitzman