The Painter of Emotional Expressions

Indian artist T. Venkanna’s prolific and prodigious output has gained him the reputation of being one of his generation’s most exciting, versatile, and unconventional artist. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda and Bachelors in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in painting from J.N.T.U, Hyderabad where he was awarded a Gold medal. The artist lives and works in Baroda, India.

In 2010 his work was part of Finding India: Art for the New Century at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei in Taiwan. His solo show,NERO opened at Gallery Luce in Torino, Italy while he simultaneously showed at Artissima 17 Torino. He was also the youngest artist featured in the Saatchi Gallery show The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today in London. In 2011, Venkanna presented a controversial solo performance at Art Stage Singapore and was part of New Trends from South India at the Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, India. Other key projects during the year include CROSSROADS: India escalate (India Pavilion) at the Prague Biennale 5, a solo presentation at the Art Brussels 29th Contemporary Art Fair, Fabular Bodies curated by Gayatri Sinha for the Harmony Art Foundation, Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai, Printmaking: Open Studio at Gallery Maskara in Mumbai, (M)other India at Galerie du Jour–Agnès B in Paris, and Window in the Wall at Pearl Lam Galleries in Shanghai, China. Shows in 2012 include: ProjectStage at Art Stage Singapore, the India Art Fair, the VIP Art Fair online, a solo presentation at Art Brussels 30th Contemporary Art Fair, and Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in Noida, India.

Venkanna was one of 20 artists shortlisted for the SKODA prize in 2010 and 2012. His works are in major collections in America, Japan, Russia, and Europe, including the Charles Saatchi collection, the Burger Collection in Switzerland, Swagemakers collection in the Netherlands, and many more in India and across the world.