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Rajan Krishnan

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Kerala, India

Lives in

Works in

faculty of fine arts, m s university, baroda, 1996, m f a, painting
college of fine arts, trivandrum, 1994, b f a , painting
n s s college, ottapalam, calicut university, 1989, b a economics

contemporary painting painting


Brief Profile

Rajan Krishnan

Born in 1967, Kerala.


After completing his masters from Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda, Rajan Krishnan decided to go back and work from Kerala, his home State. Krishnan's art is very sensitive to his environment. Krishnan uses landscapes or elements from his immediate natural environment as his “principle protagonist” to express his innermost, aesthetic proclivities whether in celebration, homage or protest. His works are often, bleak, fragmentary visions of an ever changing landscape that seems to be an echo of a time which once buzzed with activity.

His major shows include ANCESTRY, Aicon Gallery, New York (2011), THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK : INDIAN ART TODAY, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), THE SILK ROAD, New Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern Art, from the Saatchi Gallery London, at Lille3000, France (2010), ORE / UBSTANCES OF EARTH - I, Bodhi Space, Mumbai (2008), RE-VISIT, OED Basement, Kochi (2008), MEMOIR, Bodhi Art, New York (2007), INDIA MAXIMUM CITY, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris (2007), EMBRYO, Bodhi Art Singapore (2006), ENROUTE, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006), LITTLE BLACK DRAWINGS, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi (2004) besides many group shows and art fairs in India and abroad. He has curated MAKING ART: LET IT HAPPEN (2009)  and  EARTH (2010). Krishnan lives and works in Kochi.




Detailed Profile

Rajan Krishnan

1967 – Born in Kerala.

1989 – Completed B.A.Economics from Calicut University, Kerala.

1994 – BFA Painting from Govt. College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram.

1996 – M.F.A Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda


Solo shows

2011 – Ancestry, Aicon Gallery, New York

2009 – Four Paintings, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2008 – RE-VISIT, OED Basement, Kochi.

2008 – Ore / Substances of Earth-I, Bodhi Space, Mumbai.

2007 – Memoir, Bodhi Art, New York.

2006 – Art Singapore 2006, Bodhi Art , Singapore.

2006 – Enroute, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2004 – Little Black Drawings, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi.


Curated projects

2010 – Earth , Gallery OED, Kochi and Indigo and Labernum Galleries, Chennai.

Artists: Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Sudhir Patwardhan, N N Rimzon, Rajan Krishnan and Sujith S N

2009 – Let It Happen, OED, Kochi.  Artists: N N Rimzon, Reghunadhan K, and              Rajan Krishnan



2012 –  Art Dubai. Aicon Gallery, New York.

2012 –  Adbhutam, Rasa in Indian Art, CIMA Gallery Kolkata at Visual Arts Gallery,

India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2012 –  India Art Fair, Gallery OED, Kochi

2011 – Video Wednesday II, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Gallery Espace, Delhi

2011 – Lateral Insertions, Gallery Bluespade, Bangalore.

2011 – Palimpses, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai.

2011 – Adbhutam, Rasa in Indian Art, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata.

2011 – Reprise, Aicon Gallery New York

2011 – Masterpieces of Indian Art, Aicon Gallery, North Carolina

2011 – The Big Picture, curated by Abhishek Poddar for IFA,Gallery Sumukha , Bangalore.

2011 – Turn of the Tide, Tangerine Art space, Bangalore.

2011 – Space-Untitled, David Hall, Kochi.

2011 – At Walden Pond, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

2011 – Art Chennai, Gallery OED, Kochi

2011 – Art Dubai. Aicon Gallery, London.

2011 – India Art Summit, Gallery OED, Kochi.

2010 – The Silk Road,  works by Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Palestinian, Lebanese,

Egyptian, Afghan and Pakistani artists, Saatchi Gallery in Lille (Lille 3000), France.

2010 – Earth , Gallery OED at Indigo and Labernum Galleries, Chennai

2010 – Earth , Gallery OED, Kochi

2010 – Alt+Refresh, Pigment Art, Delhi

2010 – Who has seen Gandhi,  Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore.

2010 – Creating  CommonWealth, Gallery Ragini, Delhi.

2010 – Nature Revisited, curated by Jayashree Chakravarty and Anirudh Chari, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata.

2010 – The Empire Strikes Back : Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London.

2009 – Vicissitudes of the Constructed Images, curated by Suruchi Khubchandani,

Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore.

2009 – Evidentia, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore.

2009 – RE-CLAIM / RE-CITE / RE-CYCLE, Latitude 28, New Delhi & Bose Pacia, Kolkata, curated by Bhavana Kakar.

2009 – Group Show, Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2009 – Group Show, Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata.

2009 – Group Show, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai.

2009 – Group Show, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram.

2009 – Facets of A People, curated by Oindrila Maity, Gallery OED, Kochi

2009 – Metamorphosis – Change and Continuity in Indian Contemporary Art, Phyllis Weston Annie Bolling Gallery, Cincinnati, USA.

2008 – The Hot Shots, The Viewing Room, Mumbai.

2008 – Works by Various Artists, Bodhi Art, New York.

2008 – Video Wednesday, Gallery Espace, New Delhi.

2008 – The Drawing Show, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai.

2008 – Keep Drawing, Gallery Espace, New Delhi.

2008 – Triva 2008, Annual Show, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram.

2008 – Art Beat, The Shrine Gallery, New Delhi.

2008 – Hong Kong International Art Fair, Bombay Art Gallery.

2008 – Art Chicago, Bodhi Art.

2008 – Art Cologne, Italy, Bodhi Art.

2007 – India-Maximum City, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris

2007 – Kashi – 10 Light Years, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi.

2007 – Representation, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram.

2007 – Gulf Art Fair, Dubai, Bodhi Art.

2006 – A Compensation for what has been lost, curated by Johny M L, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2006 – Take Two - The Chennai Chapter' Group Show, Gallery Sumukha.

2006 – Real,, New Delhi.

2006 – Summer Rites, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai.

2006- Group show, Open Eyed Dreams, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi.

2006- Four by Four, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi.

2006- Group show, Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad.

2006- Group show of Indian artists, Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong, presented by Gallery Sumukha.

2005- New Colours of Sumukha, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore.

2005- Double Enders, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, at Jehangir Art Gallery & Museum Gallery, Mumbai, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, and Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi.

2003- Remembering Bhupen, Kashi Art Café, Fort Kochi.

2003- Regional Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Chennai

2002-Monsoon Show, Daira Centre for Art & Culture, Hyderabad.

2002-Tree Festival, Kashi Art Cafe, Fort Kochi.

2002-An Album of Drawings, Draavidia, Fort Kochi

2002-Cross Currents, Daira Centre for Art & Culture, Hyderabad.

2001-Annual show, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi.

2000-Chingamela, Kerala Kalapeetom, Kochi.

1999-An Album of Drawings and Paintings, Draavidia Gallery, Kochi.

1998-Substances on Black Moon, Galleria Mareechika, Kochi.

1998-Miniature Format Show, Gallery Sans Tache, Mumbai.

1997-Gift for India, SAHMAT, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi.


At present lives and works in Kochi, Kerala.





Recent Exhibits

Rajan Krishnan participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2013 Quad
India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery
Jun, 2013 Remaking the Modern: An Indian Modern & Contemporary Art Exhibition
Alon Zakaim Fine Art, Dover Street
Feb, 2013 Merry Go Round
TAD Arts
India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery
Jan, 2013 The Embedded Landscape
Religare Arts
Jan, 2012 ADBHUTAM - rasa in indian art (Delhi)
India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery
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