Parthan didn’t initially want to be an artist - in Kerala, where he’s from, artists were considered to be at the bottom rung of society. However, in 1974, he came across a book about the history of Western art, and with the knowledge it imparted, from Impressionism to Expressionism and everything in-between, his interest in painting was revived.
Painting gave him a sense of self-worth, assigning a visual space in which he was king, in which he had the freedom to define himself, a freedom to just ‘be’. With that, he enrolled on and graduated in a BFA in Painting at Goa College of Art, Goa (1978-1983).
Bhairavi Modi was born in 1980 in Ahmedabad, India. She studied a Post Diploma in Creative Painting at M.S University, Vadodara.
Her paintings reflect a part she feels she lacked as a child raised in the city – and that part was the ‘simplicity of village life’. Therefore, every time she paints, she strives to create this simple way of being, coupled with the desire to be at one with nature.
Bose Krishnamachari was born in 1962 in Kerala. He is a BFA graduate of the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai and holds a Masters in Visual Arts from Goldsmith College, University of London.
He is the recipient of many awards including the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademy Award, the Bombay Art Society Award and an international fellowship award from the Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA) for extensive travel and residency to the USA.
The painter, Chintan Upadhyay, was born in Rajasthan in 1972. After obtaining a BFA in Painting from M.S. University of Baroda, he then went on to also obtain an MFA in Painting from the same university.
He has held several solo exhibitions of his work as well as joint/group exhibitions in various galleries and museums in India and abroad – for instance, his 2003 solo ‘New Breed / Hybrid’ at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, his 2006 solo ‘I Want To Be An International Artist’ at the Seoul Art Centre in Korea, and a 2007 group show ‘Have You Eaten Yet?’ at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Taiwan.
Son of the artist, Dattatraya Padekar, Devdatta was born in 1978. He is a graduate of the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and a Masters of Fine Arts in Portraiture.
Devdatta strives to integrate three major qualities into his paintings: simplicity, subtlety and innocence. He tries to portray rapport between human beings and nature, and to that effect, he depicts these subjects superbly with the use of subtle colours.
Dileep Sharma was born in 1974 in Rajasthan, India. Having studied a BFA in Painting at the Rajasthan School of Art in Jaipur, he went on to study an MFA in Printmaking at Mumbai’s Sir J.J School of Arts.
He has held several exhibitions of his works – solo as well as group shows - and some of them take pride and place in private and public collections. To name but a few (because there are many!), his work has been shown at the Seoul Arts Centre, the Jehingir Art Gallery and the Articulate Gallery in Mumbai as well as other venues in Scotland and the UK.
G.R. Iranna was born in Bijapur, Karnataka in 1970. He took his BFA at the College of Visual Art in Gulbarga and graduated with a Masters degree in Painting from New Delhi’s College of Art.
He has held several solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions internationally including ‘Words and Images’ at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, ‘In The Shadow of Buddha’ at the Gallery Martini in Hong Kong, and more recently his solo, ‘Birth Blindness’ (shown at the Stainless Gallery in New Delhi, the Aicon Gallery in London and New York).
This diverse artist works in a handful of mediums, from painting and graphic print, to jewellery and sculpture, from weaving and ceramics, to installations and photography.
Gogi’s creativity is shaped by her life and cultural identity, by her inner and outer world. She wants her work to be reflective of the times in which she lives in, leaving behind a legacy, a visual narrative that can be referred to in the future.
She often portrays women in her work, reflecting their roles and experiences in society.
Born in 1949, the award-winning Gurucharan Singh’s work often reflects the plight of the underprivileged, the social underclass, the invisible, the exploited.
His paintbrush holds up a light to dark and torrid lives that desperately cling onto the fringes of society. In his work, prostitutes, the poor and the dejected all take on a renewed vigour, sometimes in explosive unapologetic hues of blues and reds, other times in more sedate (but no less powerful) tones, always creating a vivid alternate reality. His work succeeds in expressing a variety of sentiments that are very poignant indeed.