Sheelasha Rajbhandari (b.1988) is a visual artist based in Kathmandu.Her mixed media installations depicts the parallel - yet, often contradictory - existence of traditional beliefs and historic ideas with contemporary events and evolving lifestyles. Her recent works explores how Nepal is transforming;from once being an important centre for trans-Himalayan trade, Nepal’s geopolitics now lies in flux between two emerging world powers of India and China. Rajbhandari is interested in reflecting these social, economical, political past and present through dialogues and explorations of personal/collective memories. She is interested in learning alternative histories like folktales, folklore, legends,oral histories, mythologies etc along with reference of mainstream history.Her artworks usually juxtapose these contradictions and attempt to synthesise the knowledge and experiences that result from these varied discourses.
She also expresses the power struggle through gender perspective.She frequently tries to encounter the taboos and simple yet socially forbidden subject matters through her artwork .
Rajbhandari is very careful about choosing materials and methods that align with her conceptual framework. She prefers mediums and material that add meaning to ideas and have their own significance.
Sheelasha Rajbhandari completed her MFA from Tribuwan University’s Center Department of Fine Arts in 2014 after receiving her BFA from Kathmandu University’s Center for Art and Design in 2010. Rajbhandari is a co-founder of the artist collective, Artree Nepal, which was established in 2013 . She worked as an instructor of Sculpture at Lalit Kala Campus, Tribhuvan University from 2012 to 2014.
Currently as part of the travelling exhibition Sheelasha Rajbhandari’s artwork had been exhibiting at Dhaka Art Summit 2018,Para Site , Contemporary Art Center , Hong Kong, TS1 Yangoon and Museum of modern Art Warsaw,Poland. Recently she exhibited at Serendipity Art Festival Goa 2017. She was invited by Para Site-Contemporary Art Center for International Artist Residency .She presented her work in Kathmandu Triennial 2017 . Her works were featured in the Built /Unbuilt:Home /City Community Art Project 2017 at Qatar and Nepal. Her art work was part of Artree Nepal ‘s open studio ‘The Work of Art is a Scream of Freedom ‘ 2017. Her artwork was exhibited as part of "Parallel Realities" show at Moesgaard Museum of Denmark in 2016. That same year, she was also selected for the “Asia Contemporary Exhibition” at Jeonbuk Museum in Korea. She was represented by Nepal Art Council for the India Art Fair in 2016.In 2013, she was invited by The Center for culture and Development, Denmark (CKU) to participate in the Images Festival. She was selected for the second Kathmandu International Arts Festival that took place in 2012. She has also exhibited with Asian Art Biennale (Bangladesh, 2010). Her solo show, “In -Between Uncommon Factors” was held at the Nepal Arts Council in 2010.