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Artist of the Day | Malavika Rajnarayan

Malavika Rajnarayan

Malavika Rajnarayan

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Watercolour and gouache on paper

29.5 h x 22 w inches


Malavika Rajnarayan was born in Hyderabad, India in 1982 and grew up in Bangalore completing her B.F.A in painting from the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in 2003. She completed her postgraduation in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University of Baroda in 2006 and has made Baroda her home ever since. Malavika had her first solo exhibition in Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi in 2008. Her works have also been exhibited in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Ahmedabad in India and at the 2007 Sosabeol Art Expo in South Korea. She was the recipient of the Nasreen Mohammedi scholarship for post-graduate study in 2005 and the Promising Young Artist award by the Fundacao Orient, Goa in 2003. She has presented lectures at EWHA University in Seoul, South Korea, College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and conducted short workshops at NID, Ahmedabad and at non-profit organisations for women and children. Malavika's paintings use the human figure to explore notions of the self and its relation to a larger collective consciousness. Her background in Indian classical music as well as her interest in the progression of Asian art and knowledge traditions forms the conceptual basis for her art, writing, teaching and workshops. Her visual language is informed by miniature painting traditions, where the poignancy of ideas is conveyed through beauty, grace and poetry. In addition to this is a recurring preoccupation with evoking the ethereal and ephemeral. The narratives, infused with a feminine sensibility, are fed by everyday experiences but removed from references. They offer a multitude of meanings to be extracted by each viewer.

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