Surendran Nair

Surendran Nair was born in 1956 in Onkkoor, Kerala. He did his BFA (Painting) from the College of Fine Arts, Kerala and studied printmaking M.S. University, Baroda in 1986.

The artist is known to explore the ideas of identity in relation with modernity and tradition, from a critical perspective. He tends to merge elements from classical art with contemporary, drawing inspiration from mythology, literature and folklore creating a lively, dream-like imagery on the canvas. His works are often driven by personal memories and portray a milieu of complex underlying narratives which encompass aspects of politics, sexuality, faith and identity, among others.

Nair also looks to decipher India's fast changing political and social landscape. His paintings are layered with metaphors and reflect on crucial issues concerning the community and individual within the framework of the Indian society. He often leaves his images open to interpretation provoking the viewer to think, probe and derive his/her own meaning. His works carry a strong essence of surrealism, symbolism as well as metaphysical and mythical elements and therefore defy easy classification.

Surendran Nair’s insightful and thought-provoking works have been exhibited in galleries and shows across the world including the NGMA in New Delhi, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka and Frey Norris, San Francisco.

He lives and works in Baroda.

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