Ravikumar Kashi was born in Bangalore in 1968. He completed his B.F.A. from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore in 1988; M.F.A. from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1990; and M.A. in English from Mysore University, in 1995. He learnt handmade papermaking from Glasgow School of Art, U.K. He also learnt Hanji, traditional Korean papermaking, from Jang Ji Bang, Korea. He has held solo show of his works in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi in India and London, Palo Alto and Shanghai. He has also shown his works in various curated shows across the world in museums, biennales, art fairs and galleries. He has received National award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi in 2001 and two awards from Karnataka Lalita Kala Academy 1990, 1999 and one from Karnataka Shilpa Kala Academy for his works in 2000. He has received first prize in 'Ventipertrenta', International Festival of Digital Art 2017, Museo Internazionale Dinamico de Arte Contemporanea, Italy.
He writes on art in Kannada and English. Two of his books, 'Anukta' and 'Kannele' have been published from Akshara Prakashana, Heggodu. His book 'Kannele' has received Karnataka Sahitya Academy award in 2015.
He also teaches at RV School of Architecture, Acharya School of Design and Azim Premji University as visiting faculty.