Born in Sri Lanka, Rajni Perera is an artist whose work 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, Perera 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that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse, and acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCADU in 2011, the Toronto-based artist has been exhibiting continuously throughout Canada, and internationally in Edinburgh, Tokyo, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Basel, Amsterdam, Dubai, among many other cities. Perera was most recently included in the re-launch exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto in 2018. She is represented by Patel Gallery, Toronto.