RAKI NIKAHETIYA b.1983

Born in Sri Lanka in 1983, Raki Nikahetiya and his parents left the country during times of unrest. They moved to Austria, and reality ruptured between two cultural poles. He studied Economics in Vienna. During a university exchange in the Netherlands in early 2006, the binary was broken and a delicious new reality prevailed. He visited a flea market and got his first camera. 55 Euros. Kodak. Simple and digital. Nothing has since been overlooked. Back in Vienna, Nikahetiya worked as a photojournalist. After a 4 year posting at the United Nations, with a cache of experience in international development work, he moved to London with his wife in 2013. Nikahetiya’s frequent work travel has helped build his identity as a photographer and artist, from a passion to a vocation. His photographs trace and transcend appearance in the natural world and man-made reality, to search for the subtle and unseen. Fragments of life which are perceived by many eyes, in many ways, from many different angles – but captured with one lens.


Education

2008 Master of Arts in Business Studies (Distinction), University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication, Vienna, Austria.
2006 Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies (Distinction), University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication, Vienna, Austria. Penultimate degree semester consisted of a non-compulsory Erasmus exchange at Hoge School Zuyd, Maastricht, Netherlands.


Solo Exhibitions

2016 Ventana Cubana | Interlinco Company, Madrid, Spain
2013 Sky, Sea, Land, Life | Odaada Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2013 Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans | Embassy of Sri Lanka, Vienna, Austria


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017 Coast and Concrete | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Lifeframer Photography Award Exhibition | The Print Space, London, UK and Juraplatz, Biel, Switzerland
2012 I Have the Right Exhibition | Picture Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Ventana Cubana | Interlinco Company, Madrid, Spain
2013 Sky, Sea, Land, Life | Odaada Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2013 Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans | Embassy of Sri Lanka, Vienna, Austria


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017 Coast and Concrete | Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2014 Lifeframer Photography Award Exhibition | The Print Space, London, UK and Juraplatz, Biel, Switzerland
2012 I Have the Right Exhibition | Picture Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA
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Saskia Fernando Gallery