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Anand Gadapa

Hyderabad, India 2 Followers

About Artist

Anand Gadapa was born in Telangana in 1971, he received his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, in 2002. In 2006 he received a Master’s degree in Art History a...

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Anand Gadapa was born in Telangana in 1971, he received his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, in 2002. In 2006 he received a Master’s degree in Art History and Aesthetics from the Faculty of Fine Arts at M.S. University, Vadodara, where he presented the thesis, ‘Negotiating Identities’: Brahmanical Hegemony in Andhra ‘Folk’ Performances. The artist presently works in ‘Studio Metaphor’ in Baroda.

Gadapa's works are associated with various deities that belonged to ancient cultic practices; sentimentally they are representations of fantasies born out of fear, love, and sensuous pleasure. The ancient cult of goddess adoration is correlated with primeval ideas of fertility, regeneration and the cosmos. In Indian context, she is known as Devi, the great goddess, who is concurrently influential, ferocious, seductive and gentle. He immensely fascinated with these epitomes, often coupled with animals, which resulted into theme/resource for my visual space. Having been inspired by ‘folk’ performances/theater of Andhra in general and puppetry in particular, his subject matter becomes a symptomatic narrative but with more of a punnery infused in it. The characters often are depicted as marionette, being engaged in amusement at indistinct spatio-temporal arena that mirrors the state of affairs in everyday life around us.

Gadapa's art has permitted him the ‘autonomy’ to express his emotions through these physiognomies, while preserving the humour in portraying people and situations. The puppet like imagery sparks the viewer's imagination and contemplation of our emotional and vulnerable side. Formalistically, the composition of figures, inspired/borrowed from ‘traditional’ imagery, demonstrates the aesthetic/visual pleasure, whereas conceptually they are not mere human figures but carriers of ambiguous meanings. He deliberately made an attempt to show the ambiguity using metaphoric rudiments, gestures, and the formulation of visual vocabulary to obscure the artist’s intentionality. There is an effort to exploit ‘symbols’ that could share/generate multiple meanings. In fact, he likes to stimulate the viewer's frame of mind and wish to create a reality in which the viewer can live in. Here the language itself becomes ‘unknown’ or ‘the other’, though it holds deeper meaning. So, the ‘cognition’ could only be possible by ‘propositional knowledge’.

The fundamentals of his earlier paintings and drawings have also been integrated into his new body of work. The compositions are treated with immense freedom, harmonizing with folk-inspired animal and human figures in the backdrop are a subtle critique of the hideous socio-political reality and escalating material and ethical deficiency in contemporary civilization.



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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    Anand Gadapa was born in Telangana in 1971, he received his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, in 2002. In 2006 he received a Master’s degree in Art History and Aesthetics from the Faculty of Fine Arts at M.S. University, Vadodara, where he presented the thesis, ‘Negotiating Identities’: Brahmanical Hegemony in Andhra ‘Folk’ Performances. The artist presently works in ‘Studio Metaphor’ in Baroda.

    Gadapa's works are associated with various deities that belonged to ancient cultic practices; sentimentally they are representations of fantasies born out of fear, love, and sensuous pleasure. The ancient cult of goddess adoration is correlated with primeval ideas of fertility, regeneration and the cosmos. In Indian context, she is known as Devi, the great goddess, who is concurrently influential, ferocious, seductive and gentle. He immensely fascinated with these epitomes, often coupled with animals, which resulted into theme/resource for my visual space. Having been inspired by ‘folk’ performances/theater of Andhra in general and puppetry in particular, his subject matter becomes a symptomatic narrative but with more of a punnery infused in it. The characters often are depicted as marionette, being engaged in amusement at indistinct spatio-temporal arena that mirrors the state of affairs in everyday life around us.

    Gadapa's art has permitted him the ‘autonomy’ to express his emotions through these physiognomies, while preserving the humour in portraying people and situations. The puppet like imagery sparks the viewer's imagination and contemplation of our emotional and vulnerable side. Formalistically, the composition of figures, inspired/borrowed from ‘traditional’ imagery, demonstrates the aesthetic/visual pleasure, whereas conceptually they are not mere human figures but carriers of ambiguous meanings. He deliberately made an attempt to show the ambiguity using metaphoric rudiments, gestures, and the formulation of visual vocabulary to obscure the artist’s intentionality. There is an effort to exploit ‘symbols’ that could share/generate multiple meanings. In fact, he likes to stimulate the viewer's frame of mind and wish to create a reality in which the viewer can live in. Here the language itself becomes ‘unknown’ or ‘the other’, though it holds deeper meaning. So, the ‘cognition’ could only be possible by ‘propositional knowledge’.

    The fundamentals of his earlier paintings and drawings have also been integrated into his new body of work. The compositions are treated with immense freedom, harmonizing with folk-inspired animal and human figures in the backdrop are a subtle critique of the hideous socio-political reality and escalating material and ethical deficiency in contemporary civilization.



  • Academics

    2006 Master of Visual Arts (Art history & Aesthetics), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.


    2006 ‘Negotiating Identities’: Brahmanical Hegemony in Andhra ‘Folk’ Performances, a thesis presented at Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.


    2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (J.N.T.U), Hyderabad

    presently working as Assistant Professor at College of Fine Arts, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad

  • Exhibitions


    Solo Exhibition:
    2017 Reinterpreting Ramayana, a Solo Show at Kalakriti Art Café-Botanica, Gacchibowli, , Hyderabad
    2010 Reinventing Ravana, a Solo Show at Le Sutra, a Concept Hotel, Mumbai

    Selected Group Exhibitions:
    2018 Nouveau-8X12,Coal Group Show at State Art Gallery, Hyderabad
    2016 trending Tweets, a Two-Men Show at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad
    •2016 Mystical Rendition’, a group show at Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad,
    •2015 Group show at Diara art Gallery, Hyd,
    •2016 Group show at Muse art Gallery, Hyd,
    •2014 Group show at Gallery Space, Hyd,
    •2014 Group show at HICC, Hi-tech city, Hyd,
    •2014 Group show at SalarJung Museum Gallery, Hyd,
    • 2014 Group show, Tamkanat Art Gallery, Hyderabad.
    • 2014 Transparent Initiatives, at Nehru Art Gallery, JNAFAU, Hyderabad.
    • 2013 Group show at Ailamma Art Gallery, Hyderabad.
    • 2012 “100,000” show by TAD Art Company, New Delhi held at Indi Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

    2011 One Square foot show’ in Ahmedabad,

    2011 Tales of Love and Betrayal: A Modern retelling of Ramayana, a three persons show along with M.F. .Husain and Nirmala Biluka at Serindia Gallery, Bangkok.

    2011 ‘Baroda: Storytelling through Art’ at Serindia Gallery, Bangkok.

    2011 “Art for Concern”, The Annual Monsoon Show of Indian Art by Concern India Foundation, Mumbai.

    2011 Featured as ‘artist of the month’ on Saffronart website, April 2011.

    2010 “Divine Stroke’ a group show of art works on cricket bats at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda.

    2010 “Po10tial” group show at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad

    2010 “Our Own Path..” Harvest- 2010 part-I annual show at Arushi Arts New Delhi.

    2010 ‘In Sync’ a joint show by Anand Gadapa N Nirmala Biluka at Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata

    2010 ‘Art in Aid of Animals and Birds’, a Group show of paintings on Papier Mache Tzavidis’ at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda.

    2009 “Reinventing Ravana” a show for Le-Sutra, a Concept Hotel, ‘Out of the Blue’, Bombay.

    2009 “once upon a time” a charity -Group show at Gallery Dusk, Bombay.

    2009 “The Big Picture” a Group show at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore.

    2009 “The Revelation” a two man show at Prakrit Gallery, Chennai.

    2009 “An Ode to Perfection” a Group show at Bank On Art, New Delhi

    2009 “Best of India” a Group show at Gallery Space, Hyderabad

    2008 ‘Pro-Imagists’ a Group show at Sridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2007 ‘Tryst with Telangana’, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda

    2007 ‘Deccani Parlance’, Kaleidoscope Art Gallery, Baroda

    2006 ‘Trans-local’, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

    2005 ‘Trio’ a three men show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2001 Lakshana Art Gallery, Hyderabad




    PARTICIPATIONS

    2007 Annual Show, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

    2003 Annual Show, Telugu University, Hyderabad

    2001, 02 Annual Show, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (J.N.T.U). Gallery, Hyderabad

    Participated in several workshops held in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, and Daman.

  • Award & Recognition

    AWARDS / HONOURS

    2005-06 Malladi Scholarship, India

    2004-06 Telugu University Scholarship, Hyderabad

    2002 Best Painting Award at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (J.N.T.U). Annual Exhibition

    2002 Best Drawing Award by Police Academy, Andhra Pradesh

  • Testimonial

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