Photograph by Don Freeman



Raghubir Kintisch (b. 1955, New York, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the confluence of spiritual and creative practices. The richly colored and textural oil paintings on paper are based on sketches made by using collaging and patterning techniques that explore alternative universes, nature, and the inner mental landscape.

Kintisch earned a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI in 1976, and an MFA in Social Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA in 2017. The artist has participated in exhibitions at 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; Angels Gate Cultural Center Gallery, San Pedro, LAUNCH Gallery in LA, and Tryst Art Fair in Torrence; among others.

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. In the summer of 2023, Kintisch was a Byrdcliffe Cottage Artist in Residence and a fundee of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation. In 2022, 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. Their most recent work consists of oil paintings on paper often created as diptychs or triptychs, mixed media collage, and tonal paintings in India ink; all which utilize texture, vibrant color, and reflected geometry and pattern. Kintisch currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


My subject matter lies somewhere between representation and abstraction and is influenced by a lifetime interest in all things paranormal and metaphysical. It also references my past relationships with the decorative arts and a devoted yoga practice. I work directly on heavy watercolor paper with palette knives; the dry matte finish results when undiluted oil paint is directly absorbed into the surface. My process closely resembles the inner workings of spiritual transmutation and reflects the elevated mental terrain that results.

By working with the cumulative transformative power of fragments and abstractions, my work, which I refer to as “mystical abstraction”, relies on the development of a personal iconography which is used as a vehicle for elevation. My richly colored and textural oil paintings on paper are based on sketches I make using collaging and patterning techniques. My source material ranges from re-working previous artworks, nature, self-portraiture, and personal mystical experiences. This re-iteration process assists me in exploring alternative universes, the role of the artist as shaman, and the power of illusion and spectacle in transformative inner work.

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