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T.V. Santhosh

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Kerala, India

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Mumbai, New York


Born in Kerala, T.V.Santhosh earned his B.F.A. from Kalabhavan, Santiniketan, West Bengal, and his M.F.A. in Sculpture, from M.S.U, Baroda. A major presence in the Indian and international art scenes over the last decade, Santhosh has exhibited his work at numerous international art galleries and museums. Prominent museum shows include ‘India Xianzai’ Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, 2009; 'Passage to India, Parts I and II New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection', at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK, 2008 and 2009; ‘Aftershock, Sinsbury entre, Contemporary Art Norwich, England, 2007; and ’Continuity and Transformation’ promoted by Provincia di Milano, Italy, 2007.

While the work is conceptually based, T.V. Santhosh’s use of deeply saturated color and fluid edges bring the viewer to an elevated state of mind and adds an unnerving quality to the paintings. The tightness of the frame and the forcibly close vantage point harkens back to the film noir genre bringing the viewer to a reflective state. His images depict chaos and paranoia relating to current media coverage of contemporary events. His exploration demonstrates a reality on the verge of explosion as if time had been stopped. Simultaneously, the work is profoundly human and cerebral. Although his imagery is extremely current, they have become universal as we live with an oversaturation of imagery and rapid exchanges of ideas. People of all contexts and backgrounds can relate to their pictorial approach. By entering the world of T. V. Santhosh, we become accomplices to the drama and violence we have just experienced. We are left with a snapshot of a greater story both immediate and timeless, a witness to his conscience. (text from press release @ Jack Shainman Gallery, NY)



1994: B.F.A in Sculpture, Kalabhavan, Santiniketan, West Bengal.
1997: M.A. (Fine) in Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U, Baroda.


1997: Kerala Lalit Kala Academy State Award
1997: Inlaks Foundation (Indian)
1997: National Scholarship
1997: Kanoria Scholarship
1994: Ramkinker Award



Living With A Wound, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London


A Room To Pray, Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich

Countdown, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai


KAAM, Aicon Gallery, New York


False Promises, Grovenor Gallery, London

Whose Space is it Anyway, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

Double Enders, Jehangir Art Gallery and the Museum Gallery, Mumbai


Bifocal Vision: The Near and The Far In Contemporary Indian Art, Edificio Sede da Caixa Geral de Depositos, Lisbon, Portugal

Unresolved Stories, Nature Morte, New Delhi


One Hand Clapping/Siren, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai


Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda

Recent Exhibits

T.V. Santhosh participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 On Dystopia
Vadehra Art Gallery (VAG) - D 40 Defence Colony
Jun, 2013 Remaking the Modern: An Indian Modern & Contemporary Art Exhibition
Alon Zakaim Fine Art, Dover Street
Jan, 2013 Mapmakers II - The Evolution of Contemporary Indian Art (Part Two)
Jul, 2012 2012: A Further Global Encounter
Grosvenor Gallery
May, 2012 Mapmakers: The Evolution of Contemporary Indian Art
May, 2012 2+2=5 ( when the sum is greater than its parts)
Palette Art Gallery
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