Radhika Agarwala

Radhika Agarwala's works, in painting and sculpture, take form and direction from her upbringing in India and her cultural experiences in Western cities and capitals in the years since. The works invest in the spiritual dimensions at the core of vastly different ethics and visual languages between Asian and Western cultures, and make playful gesture towards a complex history and developing interconnection between the two. In her work hybridisation is actual and represented, actual through the conjunction of divergent cultural vantages that exhume the sacred with the secular, the profound with the mundane, and the figurative with the geometric. Receiving her MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London, in 2011, Agarwala received her BFA in Painting from Rabindra Bharati University in Calcutta (2007), followed by a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008) and an MFA in Painting from the University of Florida, College of Fine Art (2010). Recent exhibitions include Middle of the Garde at Tejas Gallery, Kolkata, Beneath the Black at Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata, Mapping Detours at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkate (all 2014), Every Breath I Take is One of Yours at Casa Dell'Arte, Turkey (2013) and participation in the Saatchi Gallery's Auction by Tanya Baxter Gallery (2012). Agarwala was shortlisted for the 2013 Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture as well as 100 Painters of Tomorrow (2013) and in 2009 won the Annual Fellowship from the University of Florida School of Art + Art History and Merit Scholarship from School of The Art Institute of Chicago.