EDUCATION

B.F.A. 2011 in Drawing & Painting, OCAD University

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018 (m)Otherworld Creates and Destroys Itself (solo), Project Gallery, Toronto

2018 Believe (group), The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Toronto

2018 Banlieue! Triennial, Salle Alfred Pellan, Maison Des Arts de Laval, Quebec

2017 Everyday Objects, Art Metropole, Toronto

2017 In Pursuit Of The Perfect Pose, Gallery 44, Toronto

2017 Migrating The Margins, Art Gallery of York University (Group), Toronto

2017 Colombo Art Biennale Showcase: Return In Search Of Stillness, Summerhall (Group), Edinburgh, U.K.

2017 HEAT, OTA Fine Arts (Group), Tokyo, Japan

2017 Controller, Superchief Gallery (Duo, with Reginald Pean), Brooklyn, New York

2016 Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo (Participating Artist), Sri Lanka

2016 Surreal Body, Saskia Fernando Gallery (Solo), Colombo, Sri Lanka

2016 Scope Art Fair, The Public House Of Art (Group), Basel, Switzerland,

2016 Identity Kit, The Public House Of Art (Group), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016 Art Dubai, Saskia Fernando Gallery (Group) Booth F6, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

2015 True Mirage – Printed works by Todd Westendorp (Curatorial), HUNTCLUB, Toronto, ON

2015 The Embellished Lens, Saskia Fernando Gallery (Solo), Colombo, Sri Lanka

2015 Object Manipulating Economy/Economy Manipulating Object (Group), August Frohls, Mönchengladbach, Germany

2014 Afrika Galaktika, Art League Houston (Solo), Houston, Texas

AWARDS & GRANTS

Canada Arts Council Travel Grant, 2016

Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant 2013, 2016

Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant 2013, 2015

Medal for Drawing and Painting, OCAD University 2011

Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD University 2011

PUBLICATIONS / PRESS

In a postcolonial society, artists contend with official fictions by Jyoti Dhar, Aperture Magazine, “Family” Issue # 233, Winter 2018

Featured artist: Reading Rajni Perera by Negarra A. Kudumu, Cmagazine Issue 137, Spring 2018

A Grand Nationalist Reckoning in the Art World in 2017 by Murray Whyte, The Toronto Star, Dec 26th 2017

Unearthing The Creativity Within Toronto’s Suburbs by Chris Hampton, The Globe And Mail, Oct 5th 2017

Video: In The Studio with Rajni Perera, Canadian Art Online, May 2017

Interview: Meet Rajni Perera, The Canadian Artist Taking on the Global Market by Rea Macnamara, THE FADER, May 26 2016

Interview: Rajni Perera's Stunning Sci-fi Neo-Amazonians by Amanda Parris, CBC Arts, February 24 2016

Interview: WORN Fashion Journal, The New Ethnography, Final Double-Issue 19/20, December 2014

Featured: BLINK Photography Magazine, RAJNI PERERA, Holiday 2013 Issue #30

Review: The National Post, At the Galleries: A Plethora of Paintings by Leah Sandals, Sept 23, 2011

RAJNI PERERA b. 1985
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

 Rajni Perera was born in Sri Lanka in 1985 and lives and works in Toronto. She explores issues of hybridity, sacrilege, irreverence, the indexical sciences, ethnography, gender, sexuality, popular culture, deities, monsters and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses. They are flattened on the medium and made to act as a personal record of impossible discoveries. In her work she seeks to open and reveal the dynamism of these icons, both scripturally existent, self-invented and externally defined. She creates a subversive aesthetic that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse, and acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power.