Born in Sri Lanka in 1983, Raki Nikahetiya and his parents left the country during times of unrest. They moved to Austria, and reality ruptured between two cultural poles. 

He studied Economics in Vienna. During a university exchange in the Netherlands in early 2006, the binary was broken and a delicious new reality prevailed. He visited a flea market and got his first camera. 55 Euros. Kodak. Simple and digital. Nothing has since been overlooked. 

Back in Vienna, Raki worked as a photojournalist. After a 4 year posting at the United Nations, with a cache of experience in international development work, he moved to London with his wife in 2013. 

Raki’s frequent work travel has helped build his identity as a photographer and artist, from a passion to a vocation. His photographs trace and transcend appearance in the natural world and man-made reality, to search for the subtle and unseen. Fragments of life which are perceived by many eyes, in many ways, from many different angles - but captured with one lens.


Solo exhibitions

2016      Ventana Cubana, Interlinco Company, Madrid, Spain

2013      Sky, Sea, Land, Life, Odaada Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2013      Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans, Embassy of Sri Lanka, Vienna, Austria

Group exhibitions

2017       Coast and Concrete, Saskia Fernando gallery, Sri lanka

2014      Lifeframer Photography Award Exhibition, The Print Space, London, UK and Juraplatz, Biel, Switzerland

2012      I Have The Right Exhibition, Picture Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA


2015      Shortlisted for Royal Photographic Society Photography Award 2015, UK

rakiography  /rakɪɒɡrəfɪ/

noun, verb

1. the process of raki digitally recording images by the action of light, etc, and the processing of this material to produce art.

2. the art, practice, or occupation of raki tracing and transcending appearance to convey the unique and the universal.

3. the process of raki sharing finite fragments of time, perceived by many eyes, from many different angles but captured with one lens.