About Leena Raj’s practice
I expand my idea of home beyond the confines of four walls, challenging the popular notion of a home as a limited space of homogeneous identities. For me, home encompasses diverse existences shaped by the bonds of camaraderie and the complexities that arise from interacting with others. I search for a sense of home in every direction, extending my affection towards various microcosms. In my artistic vision, I create surreal landscapes where humans coexist harmoniously with nature. I believe that true home is found in the interconnectedness of beings and the nurturing relationships we forge. It transcends physical boundaries and embraces the vastness of the world around us. In my pursuit, I aim to capture the essence of this expanded concept of home, celebrating the multifaceted nature of existence and the beauty that arises from embracing diversity.
Born in Mavelikara, Kerala, Leena Raj R studied at Raja Ravi Verma College, Mavelikara where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Fine Art (2006, 2010) specializing in painting. Her solo exhibition titled Over the Horizon was held at BC gallery, Mattancherry (2015). Some of her significant group shows include A Portrait of the land, Dhi Artspace, Hyderabad (2022), Leaving silence behind, Chola Art gallery, Chalakudy (2022), Lokame Tharavadu, Alappuzha (2021), The show must go on, Thalassery Art Society (2020), Concept 2020, Durbar Hall Ernakulam (2020), Cochin art fair (2017, 2019), Coir Kerala installation (2019), Rebounds curated by Chandran T V, Shangumukam Art Museum, Thiruvananthapuram (2018). Her works have been regularly exhibited at Kerala Lalit Kala Academy annual exhibition and camp since 2005 and 2011.
Leena lives and works in Mavelikara, Kerala.