RuAfza is a drag thing, visual artist and designer based in Brooklyn. As a low-income immigrant from india, she is always in flux between many worlds and the immigration office. Her work deals with gender, immigration and transitions. A central part of her practice is technical form. Her art has taken many forms from lenticular imagery to full (fake) grocery stores. RuAfza tries to push art while not over-intellectualizing it. Coming from a background where art was inaccessible, the biggest goal she has is to make art that is understandable even when the viewer doesn’t have the language to verbalize it. Her work is funny while also being deeply introspective. A lot of her work is rooted in community organizing and she has worked with many unions in India to fundraise and improve workers conditions through direct community action.

He graduated from Tufts university and School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a Bachelors in New Media and a Bachelors of Fine Arts with thesis honors and magna cum laude.

 They have exhibited at Tisch Library (2020), Polykhroma (2020), School of the Museum of Fine Arts (2021, 2020, 2019), RSM Gallery (2018), The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr Library (2021), SMFA Terrace Gallery (2021). 

His work has been collected by The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, Tisch Library and Ed Kinsella (Private Collection).


Press Links

https://www.papermag.com/diet-sabya-2658481996.html

https://www.papermag.com/imli-dana-2657906107.html

https://hyperallergic.com/524099/instagram-nudity-policies-meeting/

https://www.vogue.it/fotografia/article/your-post-has-been-deleted-censorship-on-instagram

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/instagram-censorship-roundtable-13431/amp/

https://www.wmagazine.com/story/instagram-art-nudity-censorship-roundtable

https://m.edexlive.com/40-under-40/2020/sep/25/paavani-ojha-siddhant-talwar-14679.amp

https://yourstory.com/2018/02/teenagers-social-media-instagram

https://www.womensweb.in/2019/08/siddhant-talwar-is-talking-of-mardaangi-and-male-sexual-assault-one-man-at-a-time/

https://www.cacheinmedford.org/event/arts-after-dark-tufts-artists/

Selected Exhibitions

2023   Group Exhibition, ‘Print and Paper’ SMFA, Boston, MA

2023   Group Exhibition, ‘Blossom’ Club Cafe, Boston, MA

2022   Group Exhibition, ‘DRAGISTAN’ Aidekman Theatre, Boston, MA

2022   Group Exhibition, ‘Dirty’, Chaterjee and Lal, Mumbai, India

2022   Group Exhibition, ‘If you draw a line, it could be the ground’ Anderson Gallery, TUAG, Boston, MA

2021   Group Exhibition, ‘ARWAH’ Democracy center,San Francisco, CA

2021   Solo Exhibition, ‘Why are we all so sad?” The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, Boston, MA

2021   Group Exhibition, SAPAC Annual SymposiumMedford, MA

2020   Group Exhibition, ‘Allure’, Polykhroma, Medford, MA

2020   Group Exhibition, Combined Degree Exhibition, Tisch Library, Boston, MA

2020   Group Exhibition, SMFA Annual Photo Show, School of the Museum of Fine    Arts, Boston, MA 

2019   Group Exhibition, Keeping The Candle, Boston, MA

2019    Featured Artist, SAPAC Annual Symposium, Medford, MA

2019   Group Exhibition, SMFA Annual Photo Show, School of the Museum of Fine, Boston, MA

2018   Group Exhibition, Connectivity, RSM Art Gallery, Boston, MA

Arts, Boston, MA



Art Collected By

The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, Boston, MA
 Tisch Library, Medford, MA

Ed Kinsella, Private Collection


Awards and publications
V Magazine, 2023

PAPER Magazine, 2022

The Molly Glynn Summer Theatre Award, 2022

Dirty Magazine, 2022

Tufts Observer 2018, 2019