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V Vishwanadhan

Born in 1940, Viswanadhan was a prominent abstract painter and co-founder of the Cholamandal Artist’s Village in Chennai. He began his artistic journey in 1960 when he joined the Madras School of Arts, India. Over the years, he received several prestigious awards, including the National Award from the Madras State Lalit Kala Akademi in 1964 and the International Award for Contemporary Art from Monte Carlo, Monaco, in 1992. Viswanadhan's artistic career took him to Paris in 1968, where he developed a distinctive style rooted in Tantric ideology and abstraction. His work drew inspiration from both Indian and international artists, such as Nasreen Mohammedi, SH Raza, Lee Ufan, Niele Toroni, and Daniel Buren. His art has been exhibited worldwide, including notable venues like Galerie Darthea Speyer in Paris, the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi and Mumbai, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In addition to his paintings, Viswanadhan also ventured into filmmaking, creating six self-made films screened at festivals in Europe and the Americas. His art was featured in prestigious events such as the Biennale de Paris, New Delhi Triennial, Tokyo International Art Exhibition, and the Art Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea.


Casein on canvas 39" x 39"
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