Raghubir K. Kintisch is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and writer based in Los Angeles, CA. Their work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, alternative spaces, film/video festivals and has been collected throughout the world for over forty years. They were recently (2021) a recipient of a Silver Sun Foundation short-term residency in Woodstock, N.Y. for writing. Featured in Voyage LA and Shout Out LA for both their art and writing practices, Kintisch published two books in 2020, The Eleven Yogic Arts of Creative Living and Work Book for the Eleven Yogic Arts of Creativity Living. Kintisch is finishing up their third book, The Creative Aquarian, a comprehensive guide to Kundalini Yoga through the lens of creativity which will be released in February 2022. In 2017-2018, Kintisch was part of a long-running group show at the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. , Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983. and included in the book of the same name. Kintisch holds an MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design, and a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. For the last eighteen years, they have been a teaching artist at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and Notre Dame High School. They retired in 2022 from the first two and continue to teach 2D art and sculpture at Notre Dame. Kintisch is currently working on a series of large scale self-portraits depicting the various methods of conquering personal demons; an overwhelming task given to many during the pandemic.
Artist Statement: Multi-disciplinary artist. Educator. Yogi. Writer. I investigate the confluence of art and spirit in all the things I do. As an artist, I probe the roles we play when we encounter the polarities of daily living, which include my own personal experiences with mysticism, the paranormal, spiritual transformation, and matriarchal lineage. These investigations include painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, sewing, video, sound pieces, and storytelling. The social practice element in my work can be found in the methodology of my research that many times involves the interviewing, collecting and archiving of information and personal histories. As an arts educator, a performative job that I also consider to be social practice, I endeavor to encourage discipline, creative problem solving and critical thinking while at the same time promoting a return to the lack of self-consciousness one experiences when discovering art for the first time. As a yogic practitioner as well as a yoga teacher, I aim to embody the very real struggles of maintaining balance and consistent practice in order to achieve one's highest state of grace. A balanced life is a happy life and creativity is a big part of my yoga practice; And lastly, as a writer, I amalgamate all these interests and practices in hopes of clarifying and bringing insight into how we conceive, flourish and deliver our creative selves through the practice of the spiritual arts.