Nirmal Raja is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee. She approaches her practice as a process of sifting and communicating sensations and ideas with varied materials and processes. Conceptually driven and thematic, her work straddles the personal and the political and is a response to lived experiences that are distilled and strengthened by research in the studio and through reading. She examines notions of memory, identity, place and belonging. Performative collaborations with other artists and the larger community have recently become part of her practice. Occasionally, she curates exhibitions and organizes and facilitates situations that articulate moments of connection and empathy. She is a mentor for Milwaukee Artists Resource Network’s mentorship program. She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally and internationally.
On Collaboration: On Belonging by Nirmal Raja and Lois Bielefeld. Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman.
Milwaukee Artists Explore the Connection Between Place, Race & History in a New Exhibit. Bonnie North and Joe Smith Munson.
Wearing Saris, Artist Nirmal Raja Claims her space in Milwaukee. Mary Louise Schumacher.
2020 Four Stories, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN
2020 Cartography Of Desire, February 8- March 20, Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2019 Wrapping Air In Cloth - and other seemingly impossible acts, The Alice Wilds Gallery, Milwaukee
2019 Points of Departure, Ruth Davis Design Gallery, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
2019 Water, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI
2019 Spark, Frank Juarez Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2019 On Belonging, The Warehouse, Milwaukee, WI
2019 Mundane Wonder, Grove Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2019 MARN Mentor/Mentee show RedLine, Milwaukee, WI
2019 Transmission, Quad Gallery, Riverside City College, CA
2019 Hanji Translated, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India
2018 Water Works, RedLine Milwaukee
2018 Grounds for Change, Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville, CA
2018 Indiana Green, Parts Unknown Studio, Milwaukee
2018 Look Here! Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee
2017 TimeLine, Redline Milwaukee
2017 Collective Exhibition, Var Gallery, Milwaukee
2017 Transplant Eyes, Walkers Point Center for The Arts, Milwaukee
2017 Archival Alchemy, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
2017 Ornate/Activate, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee
2017 Accumulation, New work by Nirmal Raja and Leslie Vansen, Ploch Gallery, Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for The Arts, Brookfield, WI
2016 Forward 2016: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, Charles Allis Museum, Milwaukee
2016 Transplant Eyes, Instinct Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2016 Sifting, Solo exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Parkside, Kenosha, WI
2016 Drawing Broadly Speaking, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee
2016 Material Girls, Sabin Aell, Nina Ghanbarzadeh and Nirmal Raja, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
2016 Origin 8: Abstract Artists Invitational, Pfister Pop Up Gallery, Milwaukee
2016 Beyond Language, Nirmal Raja and Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee
2016 Confluence, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hyderabad, India