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Murali Nagapuzha

Trichur, India 20 Followers

About Artist

Murali rose to fame when critics compared his style of celebration of nature, with that of the French genius Henri Rousseau. Murali made a mark globally by indulging in the contours and colours of the Kerala – his hom...

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Murali rose to fame when critics compared his style of celebration of nature, with that of the French genius Henri Rousseau. Murali made a mark globally by indulging in the contours and colours of the Kerala – his home state, which revels in greenery.

Murali’s art can be described as part memory and part nostalgia. Part a deep abiding love for the wonder of the everyday. Add to this the man that Murali is. A composite of many experiences that turned the indignant scrutiny of the conscientious being into an indefinable lode of artistry. When these come together, the world that disturbs Murali Nagapuzha and the world that he has an intimate understanding of and identification with is amalgamated and absorbed to create a whole new artistic dialect.

Murali Nagapuzha’s artworks are with sentiment but at no time are we to dismiss it as sentimental. It is vulnerable in that it allows itself to be perceived as childlike but that is its strength. A child’s innocence, a child’s lack of duplicity, a child like playfulness and a child’s wonder – ‘the eternal sunshine of a spotless mind’-. In a world, where being accessible is considered being popular and hence less worthy, Murali Nagapuzha takes risks. Not just is his realm figurative but also his artistic motifs are drawn from a landscape that is now part of every tourist brochure that celebrates God’s Own country. And yet, without being banal or kitschy, Murali Nagapuzha’s artistic terrain marvels at the Kerala contours and colours and makes it his own. To follow Murali there is be enchanted. It cuts off all escape routes and makes it impossible for us to turn away from his mindscape. What more could an artist aspire for?

Murali Nagapuzha, who is the son of a traditional bell metal worker, from Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district of Kerala has over fifty exhibitions to his credit including nine solo shows across the world. His last show was at Santa Monica, California in May this year. Noble Sage Gallery, London and Galerie Romain Rolland, New Delhi will host his solo exhibitions early next year.

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  • About Artist

    Murali rose to fame when critics compared his style of celebration of nature, with that of the French genius Henri Rousseau. Murali made a mark globally by indulging in the contours and colours of the Kerala – his home state, which revels in greenery.

    Murali’s art can be described as part memory and part nostalgia. Part a deep abiding love for the wonder of the everyday. Add to this the man that Murali is. A composite of many experiences that turned the indignant scrutiny of the conscientious being into an indefinable lode of artistry. When these come together, the world that disturbs Murali Nagapuzha and the world that he has an intimate understanding of and identification with is amalgamated and absorbed to create a whole new artistic dialect.

    Murali Nagapuzha’s artworks are with sentiment but at no time are we to dismiss it as sentimental. It is vulnerable in that it allows itself to be perceived as childlike but that is its strength. A child’s innocence, a child’s lack of duplicity, a child like playfulness and a child’s wonder – ‘the eternal sunshine of a spotless mind’-. In a world, where being accessible is considered being popular and hence less worthy, Murali Nagapuzha takes risks. Not just is his realm figurative but also his artistic motifs are drawn from a landscape that is now part of every tourist brochure that celebrates God’s Own country. And yet, without being banal or kitschy, Murali Nagapuzha’s artistic terrain marvels at the Kerala contours and colours and makes it his own. To follow Murali there is be enchanted. It cuts off all escape routes and makes it impossible for us to turn away from his mindscape. What more could an artist aspire for?

    Murali Nagapuzha, who is the son of a traditional bell metal worker, from Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district of Kerala has over fifty exhibitions to his credit including nine solo shows across the world. His last show was at Santa Monica, California in May this year. Noble Sage Gallery, London and Galerie Romain Rolland, New Delhi will host his solo exhibitions early next year.

  • Academics

    B.Sc (Zoology)

    Self taught Artist

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    1991 Mahatma Gandhi Mandir, Kannur, Sponsored by Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi

    1995 Lifescapes, sponsored by Cube kannur

    2002 Joy of colors Lalit kala academy Contemporary art gallery. Kochi

    2003 Chitrasala Thrissur sponsored by Lalit kala Akadami.

    2004 Yousef gallery, Mattancherry Kochi.

    2004 Kerala Lalit Kala Akadami Gallery Calicut. Colors of joy. Sponsored by Bank men's club

    2005 Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust Art Gallery. Coimbatore. Sponsored by KS trust

    2006 Galerie Romain Rolland New Delhi. Of Elephants Spices and Everyday. Sponsors’ Alliance

    Francaise. New Delhi, Embassy of Poland and State Government of Kerala, Curated by Dr, Alka

    Pande

    2007 Garden of Eden. Visions from Kerala Taj Gateway hotel. Bangalore. Celebration series.

    Curated by Jayamony Ambara Sponsored by Taj Residency

    2011 April Indian Embassy Muscat. Sponsored by the Embassy of India…Fictions of a Landscape.



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    1985,86,87, 88,89,90,91, 92, 93, 2002,2003,2004 Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi Annual shows

    2003 AIFACS New Delhi Show. Contemporary Art Gallery Kochi.

    1993 Kelakam, Kannur, Sponsored by Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi

    1997 National exhibition by National Lalit Kala Akademi, Bangalore

    2004 Apparao Galleries. Triveni Kala Sangam New Delhi

    2004 Gallery East, New York

    2005 Colors of Joy. Chitrasala Thrissur. Sponsored by Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi

    2005 Kerala Lalit Kala Akadami. Show in aid of Tsunami victims Kochi, Trivandrum

    2005 Turning the wheel. Traditions unbound. Contemporary to past Curated by Dr. Alka Pande

    Visual Art Gallery, Habitat Centre New Delhi, Sponsored by United Nations.

    2007 Triveda Fine Arts, Early to Contemporary, New Delhi. Oberoi hotel. Ballroom

    2007 Landscapes and cityscapes, Galleria New delhi February

    2007 National Gallery of Modern Art. Moscow. Contemporary Indian Art in 21st Century. 25 Indian

    artists Curated by David Baudrillard London. Sponsored by Indian Embassy.

    2008 Triveda fine art Ltd. Indian Art, Early to Contemporary. New Delhi. Sheraton Hotel. Ballroom

    2007 A selection of Indian Contemporary Art. The Art of Investment Ashvita Galleries Chennai, and

    Coimbatore.

    2008 Red Earth Monsoon Festival, New Delhi

    2009 Cross Country. National Exhibition of Art, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2009 Seeing is Believing. India Consortium Project Gallery, New Delhi

    2009 Beating heart of Kerala. Contemporary Art from gods own country Gallery Noble Saga.

    London

    2009 Contemporary art for home. Lalith Ashok Bangalore. Gallery Time and space

    2009 David hall fort kochi Contemporary art of kerala.

    2010 November. First Impressions. A celebration of contemporary south Asian art. Indian Embassy.

    Muscat Art Select gallery. Dubai

    2010 Verse on canvas. Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata Curated by Buddhadev Mandal

    2010 May 1 to 8, South Asian Show Santa Monica California

    2010 August 27 to 29 Kolkata Art house, Brush Lines, Aid for Disha foundation, curated by Urmila

    Mitra

    2010 Between Imagination and Reality. Galleria New delhi oct 27

    2011 Tree of life Habitat centre New Delhi by Ambara gallery Bangalore

    Poster and collage exhibitions In all city centers of Kerala on various social issues

    2011 Cry Charity Auction, New york

  • Award & Recognition

    1986 National fellowship from Ministry of Human Resources. Govt. of India for research work.

    Kalamezhuthu. Traditional floral painting in Kerala.

    1992 Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi Award. Highly commended certificate

    1995 Kerala Lalit kala Akademi Award. Highly commended certificate

    1998 Raja Ravi Varma Birth Centenary Award. Kilimanoor

    2010 Jackson pollock Krasner grant

  • Testimonial

    When I was invited to join Mojarto, I had never imagined about a sales team for my work or an exposure to the art market. Now many art collectors are telling me that they see my work first on Mojarto.com. My works had been sold abroad also through this website. Another plus point that is remarkable is their trustworthiness. I am really proud of this team and have referred them to many of my artist friends. They now have the same opinion about Mojarto.com too.

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