Chamel Lin Raghu
b. 1978, Cincinnati, Ohio
1982, Odessa, Texas
2002, University of Texas at Austin
Present - Austin, Texas
Biography by Jen Nordhauser, University of Texas at Austin
It has been over a decade since anyone has heard a peep from Austin artist Chamel Raghu.
Hailed by a Harvard Art Review as a prodigy (Hoffman), then dubbed "woefully unproductive," Chamel Raghu has generated an air of mystery about himself.
he worked to establish an artistic legacy of experimentation and social
awareness at his own pace,
publications such as The UK's Frank Magazine (touted by The
Guardian & The Times) would write:
"One of the few things that enables those cloistered in The Frank Organisation to emerge from their spartan beds in the morning is the rare chance of discovering art or artists that are any good. And one such artist is Odessa's Chamel Raghu."
an accomplished poet and painter, Raghu avoids considering himself an
artist, preferring that judgment to come from his audience when he
exhibits his work.
Although an accomplished poet and painter, Raghu avoids considering himself an artist, preferring that judgment to come from his audience when he exhibits his work.
Exhibitions & Honors
Guest Artist for VoyagerFest Austin 2016
Exhibition: "The Ubiquity of War" Raw Artists "Reveal" Showcase Austin 2016
"The Rebirth of Asia" Mentioned in AustinCurrent, MFA Digest as Painting of the Century
Exhibition: "The Rebirth of Asia" Austin Studio Art Exhibition 2016
The Rebirth of Asia
From "Chamel Raghu’s Angle" Wade, Kim. Rocasvida, 2016
As I entered the studio of white–white walls, white marble tile, white leather couches, with Raghu in a white, linen shirt…my eyes could see one and only one thing. Slightly beyond the canvassed entry of white design, stood a 9’x 9.5’ oil on white canvas painting named “The Rebirth of Asia.”
As a fellow painter, I was immediately struck by the
vibrant blend of colors and astute geometric designs. Alas, Behold!
“The Rebirth of Asia” –Raghu’s most recent, yet long awaited and
controversial piece. As in… six years in the making long awaited.
Yet, other sources have labeled Raghu “lazy or woefully unproductive..."