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T V Santhosh

Artist
mumbai, Maharashtra, India
1968

T.V. Santhosh ( born in 1968 at Trichur in Kerala, India)is an artist based in Mumbai.His paints in lurid greens and shocking orange, recreating the effect of a colour photographic negative. The artist charges his large canvases with figures in contoured and compromising positions. Like many of his politically motivated contemporaries, Santhosh lifts pivotal episodes from recent history and renegotiates their appearance with a shock-bulb of violent energy that eclipses the work. Santhosh’s paintings of impending doom, a world at the brink of an atomic end, are intentionally more apocalyptic than cathartic. Tracing an Ancient Error is an illuminated work of what appears to be a bearded man lain out, revealing his chest, holding onto something resembling a thread. An image from recent news events, Santhosh captures this scene and reinvents its value as a piece of anonymous and charged history.

Academic and artistic education details

  • 1997 Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
  • 1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture), Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India

  • Particulars about your individual / group exhibitions

  • 2011 The Land, Solo Show, Nature Morte, Berlin in collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 2010 Burning Flags Solo Show, Aicon Gallery, London in collaboration with The Guild, Mumbai.
  • 2009–10 Blood and Spit. Solo Show, Jackshainman Gallery in collaboration with The Guild.
  • 2009 Living with a Wound, Solo Show, Grosvenor Vadehra, London in collaboration with The Guild.
  • 2008 A Room to Pray at Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, in collaboration with The Guild, Mumbai.
  • 2008 Countdown, Nature Morte Delhi, in collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery Mumbai.
  • 2006 Scars of an Ancient Error, Singapore Art Fair presented by The Guild Art Gallery Mumbai.
  • 2005 False Promises, Grosvenor Gallery London, in collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery Mumbai.
  • 2004 Unresolved Stories, Nature Morte Delhi, in collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery Mumbai.
    At Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, MSU, Baroda.
    GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2011
    Indian Rainbow, Luce Gallery, Torino
    Collectors' Stage: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
    Iconoclasts & Iconodules, Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi
    Icons in Our Midst, Artspeaks India, New Delhi
  • 2010
    The 11th Hour: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art from India / Diaspora, Tang Contemporary, Beijing
    The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London
    Size Matters or Does it?, Part2 at Latitude 28, New Delhi
    Size Matters or Does it?, Part 1 at Latitude 28, New Delhi
    Inside India, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin
    Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi, presented by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
    At The Edge, Gallery Maya, London
    Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference, Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre; British Council; Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
    Indian (Sub)Way, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Grosvenor Vadehra, London
    The Evolution of the Species, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
    In Transition: New Art from India, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC, Canada; Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, Canada
    Evidentia, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
    All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times, Lakeeren, Mumbai
    Sculpture, The Guild, Mumbai
  • 2009
    Expressions at Tihar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
    Failed Plot, part of KIAF 09 at COEX, Seoul
    India Xianzai: Contemporary Indian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Shanghai
    Armory Show, New York represented by The Guild, Mumbai
    ARCOmadrid, Spain represented by The Guild, Mumbai
    CIGE 2009, China represented by The Guild, Mumbai
    Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
    Recycled, Bose Pacia, Kolkata
    Mining Minds, Chaitanya Art Gallery, Kochi
    Multitudes, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore in collaboration with Zen Studio Gallery and Artflute.com
    Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art, Grosvenor Gallery, London
    Re-Claim/ Re-Cite/ Re-Cycle, presented by Latitude 28 at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, Kolkata Passage to India, Part II: New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection, at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK
    My Little India, Marella Gallery, Beijing
    Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
    In The Mood For Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing
    Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
    Where In The World, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi
    Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London
    Hot Shots, The Viewing Room, Mumbai
    India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Similarities, Lansdowne Gallery, Mumbai
    Collision Course, GSK Contemporary: Part 2, Royal Academy of Art, UK
    101 Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair 2008, represented by The Guild, Mumbai
    Presented by Jack Shainman Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach, Basel
    Kashi 10 Light Years – Anniversary Show, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
  • 2007
    SH Contemporary, Shanghai
    After Shock: Conflict, Violence and Resolution in Contemporary India’, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
    Young Guns, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
    Year 07, London, presented by Grosvenor Vadehra, London
    India 20, a Group Show that Coincided With the Release of the Book ‘India 20’, at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
  • 2006
    Scars of An Ancient Error, Singapore Art Fair presented by The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Here And Now: Young Voices From India, Grosvenor Vadehra, London
    Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection at The Chrysler Museum, Germany
  • 2005
    Whose Space Is It Anyway, Nature Morte, New Delhi in Collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Double Enders, Jehangir Art Gallery and The Museum Gallery, Mumbai
    Are We Like This Only, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi
    Kaam, Arts India, New York
    Change Of Address, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Paths of Progression, Saffronart and Bodhi Art, New Delhi, Mumbai , New York and Singapore
    Ways of Seeing, Art Alive, New Delhi
    Endless Terrain, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
  • 2004
    Anticipations, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Bombay Boys, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
    A Journey, a Charity Art Show for Passages Breast Cancel Health Project, Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai
    A Tribute To Bhupen Khakhar, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Viart Gallery, New Delhi
    Zoom!, Art in Contemporary India, Culturegest, Lisbon
    Generation I’ Saffron Art Gallery in Collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
    RED, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
    Looking Back, Looking Forward, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda
  • 2003
    National Gallery of Modern Art Annual Show, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
    Crossing Generations : diVERGE, presented by Gallery Chemould at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
    The Dual Path of Indian art Today, Galerie Muller and Plate, Munchen
    Highlights, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai and Bangalore
    Works on Paper, Saffronart Online Show
  • 2002
    The Contemporary Asian Art Fair-by The Guild Art Gallery in Singapore
    Art Edge, presented by Fine Art Company, at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai and India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
    Trans-Figuration, presented by ArtInc. At India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
    Words And Images, organized by The Guild Art Gallery at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai.
    Quotable Stencil, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.
    Cross Currents, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Creative Space, organized by Sakshi Gallery at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
    Mela-A Carnival Of Indian Art, RPG Show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Tribute To Picasso, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
    The Human Factor, organized by The Guild Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2001
    Excerpts From My Diary Pages, Fine Art Company Gallery, Mumbai
    Engendering Images Of Women, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2000
    Kala Ghoda Show on 'Functional Objects' presented by The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
    Exile And Longing, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1997
    Visual Arts Centre, Ahmedabad.
  • 1996
    Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
  • 1993
    Birla Academy for Arts and Crafts, Kolkata
    All India Institute of Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) Exhibition, New Delhi

  • Information on appreciations and awards

  • 2010 Padmini Award, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy
  • 1997 Kerala Lalit Kala Academy State Award
  • 1997 Inlaks Foundation (Indian)
  • 1997 National Scholarship
  • 1997 Kanoria Scholarship
  • 1994 Ramkinker Award
  • 1990–94 Visva Bharati Merit Scholarship

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