Jagdeep Raina (b. 1991, Guelph, Ontario, Canada) has an interdisciplinary practice that spans drawing, textiles, writing, and, more recently, video animation, film and ceramics. In his work, Raina engages with personal and public archives to examine histories of transnational migration by considering them in the context of fluctuating infrastructures of power. Raina’s practice works to conceptually disrupt this fixity and recover heterogeneity. In doing so, the artist reactivates the archive to reveal hierarchies of power that play out across class, gender, caste, race and geography.

Raina was one of the recipients of the 2020 Sobey Art Award. He earned his BFA from Western University in 2013, his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2016, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2017. He has exhibited internationally at Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis (2019); Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph (2019); Cooper Cole, Toronto (2019); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2018); Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); RISD Museum of Art, Providence (2017); Humber Galleries, Toronto (2017); Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown (2017); Camden Arts Centre, London (2016); and Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston (2016). Raina lives and works in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.


Born 1991, Guelph, Canada
Lives and works in Guelph, Canada


Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, USA

MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA

Art After India Graduate Seminar, Brown University, Providence, USA

BFA, Western University, London, Canada

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

Chase, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (forthcoming)


Memories Gave Birth to Hope, Soft Opening, London, UK
Disappearing zameen, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, USA (Forthcoming)
Frieze New York, Cooper Cole, New York, USA

I promise, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Daytimers, Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, USA
Chase, Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

Jagdeep Raina, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Drawing Room Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK (forthcoming)
Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Toronto, Canada (forthcoming)
The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, Canada (forthcoming)

As the snail takes the shape of its shell, The Plumb Artist Run Centre, Toronto, Canada
myselves, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Cinch, Antenna Works, New Orleans, USA
denying the calendar, the wrinkles and lines of the body, Grice Bench,
Los Angeles, USA

Vision Exchange, Perspectives from India to Canada, Art Gallery of
Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (itinerary: Art Museum at the
University of Toronto; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Mckenzie Art Gallery, Regina; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada)
Futures, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA

Un/Settled, RISD Museum, Providence, USA
Into you: On the Edge, Humber Galleries, Toronto, Canada
Fellows Group Show, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA

Washashore, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, USA
London Summer Intensive, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Don’t call me when you are rich and famous. Call me when you are in the gutter, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, USA
RISD MFA Painting 2016, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA
Sotto, Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston, Canada

Image Landscapes, Gelman Gallery, RISD, Providence, USA
Half Master, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, USA (Curated by Nera Lerner)
Goonj, Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver, Canada
A Myriad Marginalia, RISD Museum, Providence, USA

UFO Hunters, Sol Keffler Gallery, RISD, Providence, USA


Sobey Art Award (longlist), Ontario, Canada
Textile Museum of Canada Emerging Artist Award, Toronto, Canada

Beaconhouse National University: South Asian Canadian Histories Association Residency, Lahore, Pakistan
Wormfarm Institute Fellowship, Reedsberg, USA

Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Nominee
Skoweghan/RISD Matching Fellowship

Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, Richard Florsheim Visual Arts

Fellowship, Provincetown, USA

International Residencies Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
The London Intensive Residency: Camden Arts Centre & Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK

Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

Advanced Painting Intensive Program, Columbia University, Paris, France

Selected Press and Publications

Cicerone, Joseph. “Jagdeep Raina on the influence and role of textile art in today’s world” Toronto Life, Sept. 14

Ed. Erickson, Ruth. New American Painting. MFA Annual, Issue 141.

Chunara, Nazish. “Interview with Jagdeep Raina.” Venison Magazine. Winter, 2017
Dreskin, Jeanne. “Critics Pick Los Angeles: Jagdeep Raina.” Artforum.com, October
Ed. Sherman, Elisabeth. New American Painting, MFA Annual, Issue 129

Ed. The Power Station of Art and Raqs Media Collective + Sarda, Shveta. “Why Not Ask Again? 11th Shanghai Biennial.”


Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, USA


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