Ikebana Artist & Teacher
Sogetsu School of Ikebana - Los Angeles Branch
Ravi GuneWardena, an architect and partner at Escher GuneWardena, has been a practitioner of ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging) since 2005, under the tutelage of Haruko Takeichi, a Riji level master in the Sogetsu School. During his tenure as the current director of the Los Angeles Branch of the school he has facilitated collaborations with various local artists and organizations in order to expand the visibility of ikebana as a contemporary art. Recent large-scale installations include: Pile-Up at WUHO (the Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost) Gallery (March 2018), Toward a Raw Materialism, a group exhibition with artists Patty Chang, David Kelley, Ravi GuneWardena, and Miles Coolidge, curated by Simon Leung at UC Irvine (Spring 2021), Detached Landscape, collaboration with Tory J. Lowitz for the Vessels exhibition at SIZED, Ltd., Los Angeles (February 2022) and Common Ground, an ikebana installation by Sogetsu Los Angeles in collaboration with artist Adam Silverman at JACCC (the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center) Los Angeles, (March – April 2022).
Director, Sogetsu Ikebana Los Angeles Branch, April 2019 – April 2022
Sogetsu Teachers Diploma: 2nd Grade (Nikyu Shihan) Jonin Sanyo
Ikebana Flower Name: Gyokuzan
Member, Ikebana Kyoju Kai, Ikebana Teachers Association of Southern California
Member, Sogetsu LA Men’s Group (founded by Kaz Yokou Kitajima in 2012)