• The Embellished Lense

    2015, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • The Embellished Lense

    2015, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • The Embellished Lense

    2015, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • The Embellished Lense

    2015, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo

  • Disambiguation

    2016, Art Dubai, U. A. E.


Rajni Perera holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design. A Sri-Lankan born artist based in Toronto, whose work floats between Western and Immigrant culture, Perera’s work is an East-West dialogue of ideas, concerning immigrant identity issues, female sexuality, and science fiction and fantasy. Her medium of self-portraiture and portraiture is investigated as a window into the practices of the glitterati that commissioned some of the first portraiture around turn of the century India. She explores ‘issues of hybridity, sacrilege, irreverence, the indexical sciences, ethnography, gender, sexuality, popular culture, deities, monsters and dream worlds’ through painting and painted photography marrying these themes marry in a ‘newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses’. By flattening her narrative on the medium the artist seeks to challenge contemporary notions of masculinity and the aesthetic treatment of gender as well as the non-European sacred and secular body in a popular culture context. The artists’ exaggerated depiction of her subjects in these portraits presents her subject in an exotic and fantastical nature with surrounding symbolism that communicates the artists relation to her origins as well as her diasporic views. The artist begins her creative process by photographing her subject and then working on the image ‘embellishing’ the portrait using miniature painting techniques.



2011     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada


Solo Exhibitions

2015    The Embellished Lens | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015    Afrika Galaktika | Videofag, Toronto, Canada

2014    Afrika Galaktika | Art League Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

2013    Illuminated Mythologies | Mark Christopher Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2012    Art With Heart, National Auction by Casey House Toronto, Toronto, Canada

2011    You Worship Us | Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2011    The New Archeology/The New Ethnography | Gallery 129 on Ossington, Toronto, Canada


Group Exhibitions

2016   Colombo Art Biennale: Conceiving Space | Colombo, Sri Lanka

2016    SCOPE Basel: The Public House of Art Amsterdam, Netherland

2016     FUTURE 33 YTB Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2016     Disambiguation, curated by Saskia Fernando | Art Dubai 2016, U.A.E

2014     Object Manipulating Economy/Economy Manipulating Object | August Fröhls, Monchengladbach, Germany

2014     ARTATTACK | Auction in Support of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Canada

2014    Third Culture OCADU Student Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2014    FUTURESCAPE OCADU Student Gallery (Curatorial), Toronto, Canada

2014     Protect Ya Neck | Moniker Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013     Trust No Kin | Hermann & Audrey Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013     With Pleasure | HUNTCLUB, Toronto, Canada

2012     Margin of Errors | Gladstone Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2012     Art of Undercurrrent | Gladstone Art Bar, Toronto, Canada

2012     WeThePpl Trunk Show | Bombay Electric, Mumbai, India

2017 Rajini Perera | G44 Centre for Contemporary Photography 
2017 Artist Rajni Perera Is Determined to Turn Convention On Its Head | Style Magazine
2017 In the Studio with Rajni Perera | Canadian Art
2017 Afrika Galaktika – Rajni Perera Illustrates A Future Power People | The Huffington Post
2017 Second Solo Exhibition by Rajini Perera | The Sunday Leader
2016 Rajni Perera for The Public House of Art | Amsterdam, Netherland
2016 Meet Rajni Perera, The Canadian Artist Taking On The Global Art Market | The Fader, New York, United States
2016 Big Overseas, but not at home: We meet the Toronto artist Rajni, (broadcast by vice.com)
2016 Life Times | Colombo, Sri Lanka
2016 Rajni Perera’s stunning sci-fi neo-Amazonians — in pictures | CBC online, Canada
2015 Drawing from the Moghuls | ARTRA Magazine, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2015 Artist Rajni Perera and her Intergalactic Sexuality | Buzzworthy
2015 Maharani Rajni | Heartbeats
2014 Rajni Perera’s “Afrika Galaktika” and More | Juxtapoz Magazine
2014 Brave beauties share complex visions | Houston Chronicle, Houston, United States
2014 AFRIKA GALAKTIKA (broadcast by Inner Space)
2014 Interview with Rajni Perera | WORN Fashion Journal, The New Ethnography
2014 Dialogue: Rajni Perera by Preksha Sharma, Kyoorius.com
2013 Rajni Perera’s Archeology | Juxtapoz Magazine
2013 SPOTLIGHT: RAJNI PERERA | The Asian Fashion Journal, India
2013 Visual Collages in Immigrant Art: From M.I.A. to Illuminated Mythologies | Hazlitt Magazine, London, UK
2013 RAJNI PERERA Feature | BLINK Photography Magazine
2013 Interview with Rajini Perera | Hermann & Audrey – TORONTO THE BRAVE, Toronto, Canada
2012 CUE Interview with Rajni Perera | broadcast by CUE, Toronto, Canada
2012 Rajni Perera’s Captive | Juxtapoz Magazine
2011 At the Galleries: A plethora of paintings | National Post, Toronto, Canada
2011 Interview with Rajini Perera | Squidface & The Meddler illustration blog
2011 Drawings by Rajni Perera | booooooom.com
2015 The Embellished Lens | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Saskia Fernando Gallery