b. 1994 (Chennai, India)
Based in Los Angeles, USA
maltliquaa@gmail.com

Education

2023 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2018 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2017 Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Malavika Rao at Outdoor Closet, Los Angeles, CA
         dear ponnu, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2022 welcome to our Zenana, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2017 Trimurti, Light Fine Arts Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

Selected Group Exhibitions (*indicates juried)

2024 Infrastructures (upcoming feb), UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA
2023 Air Conditioning, New Arts Foundation, West Hollywood, CA
         La Conventa, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA
         Earth is Just a Rock, Yiwei Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
         à bientôt, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
         MFA Open Studios, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
         Spotlight Party, High Tide, Los Angeles, CA
2022 *To Love and Be Loved in Return, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
         Mutual Gravity, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
         Metamaking, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
         My Next Incarnation, Idol Wild Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
         MFA Open Studios 2022, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2019 Discovery Pop-Up, Discovery Studio, Bangalore, India
2018 *West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
         Crockpot Crosswalk, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
         On an Island, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
         April Art Hop, Read and Write Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
         Art Show #2, Headquarters, Kalamazoo, MI
2017 Sites of Resistance: Expanding Consciousness of Reproductive Justice, Park Trades Center, Kalamazoo, MI
         The Cauldron Unveiling, Park Trade Center, Kalamazoo, MI
2016 Surface & Subrealities, Park Trades Center, Kalamazoo, MI
         October Art Hop, Park Trades Center, Kalamazoo, MI
2014 Art in The Community, Park Trades Center, Kalamazoo, MI
2013 Chitra Santhe, Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath, Bangalore, India

Professional Experience  

2023-present Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
2023-present Teaching Artist, artworxLA, Los Angeles, CA
2023 Craft Lab Teaching Artist, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2023 Teaching Assistant, California State Summer School for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2021 - 2023 Virtual Art Tutor for Children Ages 6-14, Friendly House, Portland, OR
2021-2023 Writing Center Tutor, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2020-2021 Transformational Learning and Leadership Fellow, Teach for India, Bangalore, India
2019-2021 Teach for India Fellow, Teach for India, Bangalore, India
2017-2018 Museum Education Assistant, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

Social Practice 

2018 Guest Artist, Window Display Collaboration, Read and Write Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
2016 Summer Arts Program Coordinator, Northside Neighborhood Association, Kalamazoo, MI

Publications, Press, and Artist Talks

2024 Infrastructures, Curatorial Essay by Meghan Gordon, UTA, Beverly Hills, CA
2023 Meet Malavika Rao: Artist & Educator, Shoutout LA
         Threads of Time: Crafting Love, Healing, and the Delicate Bonds, Artist Talk, Yiwei Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
         Check out Malavika Rao’s Story, Voyage LA
2022 Metamaking, Exhibition Catalog