About the artist

As an artist, I am interested in relationships on the canvas or paper, as one color, line, object or image interacts with another,  also as an entire piece interacts with its surroundings – the frame, the image next to it, the building it is in, the country it is seen in, the person next to it and with the viewer and his or her personal experiences. Nothing exists on its own and as I work I am mindful of these elements and their influence.


My current work involves using vintage Indian textiles to explore and connect with my ancestral heritage. I seek to unite a modern western life and a traditional South Indian life on the canvas with paint and sari fabric, most of which has belonged to and been worn by women in my family. 


Radhika Mathews lives and works in Newton, Massachusetts. She can be reached at radhikasmathews(at)mac(dot)com


Current and Past Exhibits


Ornate/Activate presented by SAWCC, 2017

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee WI

Curated by Alexander Campos

Ornate/Activate was first shown in New York, NY at Shirin Gallery in 2015


ERASING BORDERS 2016 / Traveling Group Exhibit

Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora

Indo-American Arts Council, NYC

- The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminister, NJ (March 17-April 15, 2016)

- The Jan Hus Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 351East 74th Street, First Floor, NYC (April 27-June 30, 2016)

- The Kapoor Galleries, 34East 67th Street (between Madison & Park), NYC (July 14- August 17, 2016)

- Flushing Town Hall, NY (October 1-30, 2016)




Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora

Indo-American Arts Council, NYC
March - September, 2015
- Flushing Town Hall, NY
- Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY


South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC)

"Ornate Activate" Group Exhibit


Shirin Gallery, Chelsea, NYC, 2015




Maud Morgan Arts

Images of Grief & Healing

Chandler Gallery, 2015



Newton Open Studios, 2015, 2016, 2017



FABric Exhibit, NEWtv, Newton, MA, 2015


Newton Art Association Exhibit at the Morse Institute, Natick, MA, 2014, 2016

Newton Art Association, James King Bonnar Show, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016