T. V. Santhosh

T. V. Santhosh

T.V. Santhosh completed his Bachelor’s degree in fine art, focusing on sculpture, from
Kalabhavan, Santiniketan, in 1994. Subsequently he studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.
University, Baroda, completing his Master’s degree in sculpture in 1997.His
work emphasises on the subjects of war, hostilities and global terrorism. The artist
accommodates in his huge paintings, figures in several juxtapositions. Santhosh borrows
crucial occurrences from contemporary episodes and manifests them with intense dynamism
that powers the work. His paintings of impending doom, a world on the verge of atomic
destruction, are deliberately more apocalyptic than cathartic. Profoundly inspired by cinema,
news, art history and popular culture, Santhosh’s art is based on the investigation of present
day predicaments. He utilizes visuals from print media, television and the internet to create
eerily realist canvases brimming with implications that make profound statements about the
on-going state of socio-political affairs in India. T.V. Santhosh’s first solo show ‘One Hand
Clapping/Siren’ was presented by the Guild Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in
2003. Santhosh has since held several solo shows including ‘Blood and Spit’ at Jack

Shainman Gallery, New York, in 2009; 'Living with a Wound' at Grosvenor Vadehra, London,
in 2009; ‘A Room to Pray’ at Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, in 2008; ‘Scars of An Ancient
Error’ at the Singapore Art Fair in 2006; ‘False Promises’ at Grosvenor Gallery, London, in
2005; and ‘Unresolved Stories’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2004.

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