Radhika Khimji

Born 1979 in the Sultanate of Oman. Lives and works in Muscat, Oman and London, UK



Born 1979 in the Sultanate of Oman

Lives and works in Muscat, Oman and London, UK

Radhika Khimji playfully employs methods of construction on the surface of an image, intentionally destabilizing the relationship between figure and ground to reassemble a fragmented body and make it abstract. Terms are set in flux, placing painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture up against each other to allow for a place between many polarities to emerge. Khimji has developed a collaged way of working informed by the physicality and materiality of the making process to deconstruct, evade and erase constructions of formulated identities. She borrows from surrealistic language to shift cultural stereotypes and make visible a body screened by certain censorship. According to the artist’s statement, Radhika Khimji’s works are ‘at once a painting, a drawing and a collage’ as well as ’embroidery and sculpture’. 

From 1998-2002, Radhika Khimji studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and from 2002-2005 at the Royal Academy of Art, where she completed her studies with a Fine Art Post Graduate Diploma. In 2007, she graduated from UCL with a Master’s Degree in Art History. After her Residency and a solo exhibition at Krinzinger Schottenfeld in 2017 and 2018, Radhika Khimjis’s works were shown at a solo exhibition at Galerie Krinzinger in 2019 and 2022. She has had solo and group exhibitions in various art institutions across the globe. Her works were shown at the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Radhika Khimji is one of five artists exhibiting at the first Omani Pavillion at the 59th Venice Biennial until November 27, 2022.