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Ruvan Wijesooriya is a photographer based in New York City. After starting a skateboard company, working for fashion stylists and being a music journalist in his first 25 years, Ruvan became attracted to the storytelling qualities of analog photography. His unique vision consistently and seamlessly blurs the lines between life, art and commerce in subject areas ranging from landscapes to fashion, music to flowers. His photographs are a record of his interests, passions and inspirations, his approach always immediate, genuine and curious.
Ruvan has shown internationally and is known for the interactive and happening nature of his exhibitions. In February 2012 he curated an exhibition for the Swedish Consulate of New York; March saw an exhibition of his music photographs at SXSW in Austin, Texas. In late Spring he embarked on a tour doing a series of exhibits in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and London. His foot is snugly rooted in pop culture with his film stills appearing in the LCD Soundsystem documentary, Shut Up And Play The Hits; his book, LCD, was made available through powerHouse Books in December after a widely attended and reported launch event in Miami Beach during Art Basel.
A character on the hit TV show Gossip Girl was based on his work and 10 of his fine art prints permanently decorate its set. His fine art prints are collected by many, most notably the artist Ed Ruscha. Ruvan is currently working on a book about Sweden to be released later in the year. On the more commercial end of things Ruvan just finished shooting an advertising campaign for Burberry.
March 1, 2013
Born Sept 17, 1977 in Duluth, Minnesota.
Based in New York City.
Lewis and Clark College, Oregon, USA.
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, 1999.
Minors in Political Economy, Gender Studies.
“MASCULINISM” Rouge 58, Paris, France. Sept. 19-Nov. 9, 2013
“RUVAN” Berns Salonger. Stockholm, Sweden. April-July 2013.
“BECOMING” Rouge 58, Paris, France. December –February 2013.
“LCD R.I.P.” Exhibition/Happening. Hotel Victor, Miami Beach, FL. December 2012.
“PURPLE DRESS” The Window Box at Galleri Pushwagner. Oslo, Norway. April 2012.
“MONKI <3 RUVAN” Exhibition/Happening. Snickerbacken 7, Stockholm, Sweden. April, 2012.
“SCENE AND HERD” Exhibition/Happening. The French Ligation Museum at SXSW, Austin, TX. March, 2012.
“FANATIC” Rouge 58, Brooklyn, New York. May-August 2011.
“DEAREST OF DEAREST II” ION Studio. New York. Feb - March 2011.
“SCENE AND HERD v.2” Exhibition/Happening. Way Out West Music Festival. Gothenburg, Sweden. August 2010.
“SCENE AND HERD” Exhibition/Happening. Way Out West Music Festival. Gothenburg, Sweden. August 2009.
“IN SEARCH OF YOU” Photographic Installation. Bergdorf Goodman. New York. July 2009—Jan 2010.
“SWEDEST OF SWEDEST” Exhibition/Happening. Berns. Stockholm, Sweden. June 2009.
“SINCE FOREVER IS GONE” Soho Grand Hotel. New York. Feb—May 2009.
“DEAREST OF DEAREST” ION Studio. New York. Sept—Oct 2008.
“BECOMING” Kynoto Lounge. Barcelona, Spain. June, 2007.
“DEEP EXCAVATIONS” 73 Franklin. New York. May 2007.
“ALL NIGHT NEW YORK” The Great Eastern Hotel. Lobby and Member’s Club. London. June –Sept. 06
GROUP EXHIBITIONS, SHOWINGS
“SWEDEN UNDER THE BRIDGE.” Featuring Lars Tunbjork, Roxy Farhat, Ruvan Wijesooriya and Mike “MOCH” Hahn. The Swedish Consulate of New York at Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, New York. Feb. 2012.
“THE LAST SHOW” With LCD Soundsytem. Tribeca Grand Hotel, NYC. April 2011.
“Oh, Holy Night!!!” Presenting prints from “Masculinism.” 120 W24th. NYC. March 2008.
Lewis & Clark College Gender Studies Symposium Art Show. Presenting “Masculinism.” Portland, OR. March, 2008.
LOCUS “Blackening.” Presenting “Masculinism” slideshow. Galleri 69. Oslo, Norway. November 2007.
Scope Art Fair. “The Bride of Brooklyn” video collaboration with Marthe Fortun. NYC. March 2006.
“Paradise” presented by Animal Magazine. Chelsea Market, NYC. Dec. 2005
“Save The Music” presented by VH1. Milk Studios, NYC. April, 2007.
Sunflower Children Benefit. Milk Studios, NYC. Nov, 2006.
Sunflower Children Benefit. Milk Studios, NYC. March, 2006.
Tsunami Relief Benefit. White Box Gallery, NYC. Feb, 2006.
“SWEDEN UNDER THE BRIDGE.” Featuring Lars Tunbjork, Roxy Farhat, Ruvan Wijesooriya and Mike “MOCH” Hahn. The Swedish Consulate of New York at Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, New York. February 2012.
Photography in “SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS.” Pulse Films, 2012.
Featured Fine Artist on GOSSIP GIRL [Photography], Season 3. Warner Brothers Television, 2009—2010,
“Girl Dancing at Club, #1.” Video projection onto Kulturhuset for Stockholm’s Culture Festival. Sweden, August 2009.
Character-based Ghost Artist for GOSSIP GIRL [video and photography], Season 2. Warner Brothers Television, 2008—2009.
“A Portrait of Sigur Ros.” Documentary for The Museum of Modern Art. 2008.
Yearbook Afghanistan. 2013. Twenty Four Suns Publishing.
LCD. 2012. PowerHouse Books.
All Night New York. 2008. Self-published.
Beckmans College of Design, 2009.
New York University, 2008.
Pratt Institute, 2007.