T.V. Santhosh

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Counting Down, 2008 30 Fiberglass Dogs, Steel, Led Counters, Led Strips, Paint © Courtesy the Frank Cohen Collection; Royal Academy of Art
Untitled Oil On Canvas 54 X 70 In © Institute Of Contemporary Indian Art
Foreigh Policy, 2009 Oil On Canvas 72 X 96 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Blood and Spit, 2009 Oil On Canvas 48x72 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Untitled, 2009 Watercolor On Paper 22.5 X 30 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Untitled, 2009 Watercolor On Paper 22.5 X 30 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Untitled, 2009 Watercolor On Paper 22.5 X 30 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Spinal Cord, 2009 Oil On Canvas © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
A Story of a City Square, 2011 Oil An Canvas © Nature Morte
Another Story of a City Square, 2011 Oil On Canvas 122 X 244 Cm
SPINAL CORD, 2005 Oil On Canvas 54 X 72 In.
BURNING FLAGS , 2010 Oil On Canvas 48 X 72 In © Courtesy of the artist & AICON GALLERY - London
Untitled, 2010 Watercolour On Paper 22.5" X 30"
One Hand Clapping , 2003 Oil On Canvas 48"X120" © The Guild
Quick Facts
Kerala, India
Birth year
Lives in
Works in
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

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