Ravi Amar Zupa

Ravi Amar Zupa considers books the best way to experience art. He has spent decades studying books about the art, mythology, religion, and history of cultures from across geography and time. Entirely self-taught, Zupa looks to works by German Renaissance printmakers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists, and Mughal painters for inspiration. He also frequently incorporates religious iconography from Europe, Asia, and Pre-Columbian Latin America with revolutionary propaganda from around the world. With a distaste for ironic art or the thoughtless appropriation of culture, he integrates seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal. Zupa does not create any of his art digitally; everything comes from his own hand.

Articles illustrated by Ravi Amar Zupa:


Ayahuasca, the Eye, and the Ashram

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

Outrage Urgency Comfort by Ravi Zupa

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Pitches for Poems

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

Beirut’s Unheard Omens

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

Cannibals in the World to Come: Thomas Thorowgood, the New World, and the Lost Tribes of Israel

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

Sunrise Alarm

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

Cataclysms to Desolate the World

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

From the Editors: Bitter Water

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

Sun of All Suns

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

What It Means to Be Alive: An Interview with Ravi Amar Zupa

in Issue 96 | Prophecies (Jan 2021)

in Issue 95 | Symptoms (Jul 2020)

Friern hospital patients, photos 1890-1910

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