Young Indian artist Raghava KK, (currently based in New York) has been invited to speak at the TED (technology, entertainment and design) conference that will be held in Long Beach, California, along with Bill Gates and Eve Ensler to address audiences from around the world. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘ideas worth spreading’ and since 1990 people from around the world share their unique and path-breaking ideas at this annual conference.
At the conference which is scheduled for February 2010, Raghava will be talking about art and how it has given him the education and opportunity to learn about the world. He says, “Their selection process is undisclosed, but I am very glad that they chose me. I have not gone to any art school or college and have learnt my art by travelling around the world and seeing art all over.”
Raghava is specially known for incorporating cartoons into his works — the main feature of his quirky art works. A few months ago, Raghava, his wife, their infant son and dog decided to start a new chapter and moved to New York. Raghava says, “Nothing was planned, we had no house and I only vaguely knew that I would practice art, but that’s about it.” He adds, “Earlier I had taken off to visit Europe without any money or food. During my journey, I met lots of people, interacted with them, share my art with them and had a good experience. These experiences taught me a lot and this is exactly what I am going to talk about at TED.”
Raghava’s experiences of moving to America are translated in his art works that can be viewed at Gallery Musings in the exhibition titled Brooklyn Bound R Train till January 20.