Born in Thandavankulam, Tamil Nadu, G. Subramanian graduated from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu in 1974. Widely known for his unique mixed-media works, Subramanian uses the medium of collage, and layers it along with acrylic paint and ink washes in brilliant hues, to create striking artworks that move the audience.
The inspiration for Subramanian’s work, in his own words, is “the innocence and divine beauty in a child’s face, and the power of Indian mythology.” With his portrayal of child-like Buddha, Krishna, Ganesha and Hanuman, he seeks to spark a sense of joy in his audience. Many of his works depict blissful young girls, inspired by his own daughter, Surya, who he lost to cancer at a young age. Surya means sun, and for Subra, as the artist is fondly called, his daughter shines on through his art. G. Subramanian’s also finds artistic inspiration in the work of Jamini Roy and K.C.S. Paniker.
In an artistic career spanning over 25 years, he has received numerous honours and prizes, which include the Saudi 3rd, 4th and 6th Malwan GCC Countries Biennale Awards, and the prestigious AIFACS award in 2000. He has held more than 10 solo shows and participated in numerous exhibitions at the state and national levels, and also in auctions for charity. G. Subramanian’s works can be found in private collections all over the world, as well as in galleries, museums and corporates. The artist lives and works in Bangalore.
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