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Venkat Shyam

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About Artist

Venkat Shyam, is a GOND artist. His practice is ‘enriched in Tradition’, as well depicts ‘Social and the political’ as forms of ‘Art and Life’. In Delhi, Venkat has worked as a cook, a rickshaw puller, a mason, an ...

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Venkat Shyam, is a GOND artist. His practice is ‘enriched in Tradition’, as well depicts ‘Social and the political’ as forms of ‘Art and Life’.
In Delhi, Venkat has worked as a cook, a rickshaw puller, a mason, an electrician, putting most of his earnings into buying art materials. Here, he would often visit the eminent artist J. Swaminathan. Swamiji’s affectionate manner and the respect he showed, treating Venkat as a fellow artist, would always lift his spirits.
Venkat’s uncle Jangarh Shyam's death in 2001, came as a severe blow to Venkat, which determined him to keep painting, as he continued the art form from culture specific to abstract themes, Venkat explored all. He feels an artist must reflect the times he lives in. “When one looks at my paintings, one must feel they are traditional but at the same time, there have to be new elements in them,” he says. Through his artistic journey of three decades, Venkat has integrated both modern and traditional stylistic influences in his work.
In April 2009, he did a solo exhibition at the Indira Gandhi National Museum of Mankind in Bhopal, displaying a series of sixteen paintings based on his experience as a witness to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. In 2013, Shyam's works were exhibited at “Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art” at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa. It featured artworks by more than 80 artists from 16 countries and six continents who interrogated the theme of what it means to be ‘indigenous’ in the present world. Gond art is a form of painting from tribal folk tradition, practiced by the largest Adivasi tribes in India – the Gond – who are predominantly from Madhya Pradesh, but also reside in pockets of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.

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  • About Artist

    Venkat Shyam, is a GOND artist. His practice is ‘enriched in Tradition’, as well depicts ‘Social and the political’ as forms of ‘Art and Life’.
    In Delhi, Venkat has worked as a cook, a rickshaw puller, a mason, an electrician, putting most of his earnings into buying art materials. Here, he would often visit the eminent artist J. Swaminathan. Swamiji’s affectionate manner and the respect he showed, treating Venkat as a fellow artist, would always lift his spirits.
    Venkat’s uncle Jangarh Shyam's death in 2001, came as a severe blow to Venkat, which determined him to keep painting, as he continued the art form from culture specific to abstract themes, Venkat explored all. He feels an artist must reflect the times he lives in. “When one looks at my paintings, one must feel they are traditional but at the same time, there have to be new elements in them,” he says. Through his artistic journey of three decades, Venkat has integrated both modern and traditional stylistic influences in his work.
    In April 2009, he did a solo exhibition at the Indira Gandhi National Museum of Mankind in Bhopal, displaying a series of sixteen paintings based on his experience as a witness to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. In 2013, Shyam's works were exhibited at “Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art” at the National Gallery of Canada, in Ottawa. It featured artworks by more than 80 artists from 16 countries and six continents who interrogated the theme of what it means to be ‘indigenous’ in the present world. Gond art is a form of painting from tribal folk tradition, practiced by the largest Adivasi tribes in India – the Gond – who are predominantly from Madhya Pradesh, but also reside in pockets of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.

  • Exhibitions

    Exhibitions

    “Master creation” Coomarswami hall Shivaji museum Mumabai Dec-Jan 2014-15
    “Rupa Arupa” at Percept art gallery Lower parel Mumbai 15th Nov. 2014 to 7th Jan. 2015
    “Tribal India” Blue house Gallery Ireland 5th Dec2014
    Art for concern’s exhibition of Traditional & Folk Art September, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, 23rd to 25th 2014
    Art Kwangju in Korea, 29th Aug. to 2nd Sep. 2014
    Panchatantra chitra painting exhibition, India International centre 3-11th February 2014
    Master creation Koomar swami hall shivaji museum Mumbai, 12th -15th January 2013
    “Sakahan” Exhibition of indigenous art forms National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa May 15th 2013
    “Vernacular India” art Sacre et Consacre Des Tribus Gond et Bhil 2 Mai 9 Juin 2013, 2014
    “Living Arts” a group painting exhibition ChitraKala Parishad, Bangalore
    26th May 2013
    “Trails of the Tribal’’ Harrington Art Street Centre Kolkata 12th April 2013
    1st may to 15th of June 2012 “Jangar Kalam” Gallery Anders hus, Paris

    2nd of May to 29th of June 2013 “vernacular India” Gallery Anders hus, Paris
    Group painting Exhibition of Master creation, Kumar swami Hall
    Shivaji Museum, Mumbai Dec. 2012
    Exhibition of paintings, Harley Gallery Nottinghamshire June 2011
    A group painting exhibition at Rebecca hosseck London may 2011
    Painting exhibition at Harley Gallery 18th June – July 31st 2011
    Pradhan-Gond painting exhibition in Svenska Design Hotel, Mumbai July 2011
    “The Creation” Painting exhibition in Jamaat Art Gallery 2011
    “Graces” a group Painting exhibition at JamaatArt Gallery 2012
    “Master Creation” Kumar Swami Hall Shivaji Museum, Mumbai Oct. 2010
    “The Tree” Group paintings exhibition at IIC Delhi Oct.2010
    “Vision of India” Pradhan-Gond painting exhibition at Horniman Museum London Oct.to Dec. 2010
    “The Tribal world of Venkat Raman Singh’’ Solo show at Brookline Art Centre, MA, USA 10th April to 10th May2010
    Group show “painted songs of stories” Wellesley Collage Davis Museum & Cultural Centre, (Wellesley, USA), April 2010
    Painting exhibition in Habitat Centre Delhi, 30th June to 2nd July 2009
    “Jangarh Prasang” Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalya,
    Bhopal, July 2009
    “Atma-spandan” Solo show of paintings & drawings in Swaraj Sansthan Bhopal, Oct. 2009
    Solo show of “Man Jathay Daray” at Museum of ManKind- Bhopal, Mysore & Vainkatappa Art Gallery Bangalore KA 2009
    Painting exhibition at The New Art Exchange Gallery Nottingham UK 2009
    Solo show of paintings & drawings at Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai 2009
    “Maa” exhibition of paintings at Gallery Loft Mumbai 2009
    ‘‘Speaking Art” Curate Art Gallery Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Mumbai Nov. 2008
    “Reflection” a Group shows of Paintings AIFCS New Delhi 2007
    Exhibition of Paintings at Kumar Swami hall Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Mumbai 2007
    Exhibition of Paintings in “Nahru Centre”, London Oct. 2007
    Travel shows of Paintings at Edinburgh, Glasgow & Inverness Scotland 2007
    “Jangarh Kalam” Group Exhibition, Lalit kala Akademy, New Delhi, December 2006
    “Wings of Love” Japan O India NGMA, Mumbai, November 2005
    National Kalidas Exhibition Ujjain, MP 1998,2003,2004
    M.P. Kala Parishad, Bhopal, (Madhya Pradesh) 2002
    “Rikt” a Painting Exhibition at Swaraj Bhavan, Bhopal & New Delhi 2001
    “Anadi” NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art), Mumbai 2001
    “Riti99”Swaraj gallery, Bhopal 1999
    National Exhibition of Lalit Kala Akademy New Delhi 1995

    PARTICIPATION:

    Residency painting workshop with Harmony art foundation Jan.2015
    Symposia at National museum Ottawa May 2013
    Spic Macay 1st International convention 20th to 26th May 2013
    Spic Macay State convention Jaipur Rajsthan July 2013
    Painting work shop at Jamaat Art Gallery Mumbai 2011
    Symposia at Massachusetts April 2010
    Symposia at Perugia university Perugia 2009
    Painting work shop for Learners at Shivaji Museum Mumbai 2008,2010
    Exhibition of Paintings at Jahangir Art Gallery Mumbai 1999
    Painting work shop at Manav sangrahalya Bhopal 2010
    Painting work shop in Daily Collage Indore 2009
    Traditional painting work shop at Lonawala 2008
    Tribal Painting work shop at Bharat Bhavan Bhopal 2007
    Painting work shop on Satyagrah Andolan at Swaraj Sansthan Bhopal 2006
    Painting work shop on Adi Vidrohi at Swaraj Sansthan Bhopal 2006
    Mumbai Festival Bandra Mumbai 2005
    Painting workshop Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalya Bhopal 2004
    Low garden Ahmadabad 2003
    Ranthambour Festival Rajasthan 2002
    “Virasat” Dehradoon Uttranchal 1999
    SCZCC Nagpur MH. 1998,1999
    Railway Rang Shatabadi Mumbai 1999
    Bharat Bhavan Varshiki Bhopal 1993,2002



    COLLEACTION :
    The los Angelis Country Museum of Art Los Angelis USA, Chatrapati Shivaji Museum Mumbai Maharastra, Chitra Kala Parishad Bangalore, (Karnataka), Reserve Bank of India Mumbai, Azim Premji University Bangalore,Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, (Madhya Pradesh), Kalidas Akademy Ujjain, (Madhya Pradesh), DCH New Delhi & Bhopal, State Museum Jhansi , (U.P.), State Museum Bhopal, Swaraj Sansthan Bhopal, Vanya Bhopal, Spick Macay Dehradoon, (Uttaranchal).
    And many private and public collection including Mr. J.K. Mittal,(Gurgaun New Delhi); Adam Grostaky (Director of US-India fulbight Programme); Fullbright House Delhi Head office Delhi, Mr. & Mrs. Barnett B. Berliner (Brookline MA); Dr. Kunal Basu (Oxford); John H.Bowles (Los Olivos< California); Arpana Caur (New Delhi); Rajiv Sethi (New Delhi); Dr.Mira Dass (New Delhi); Anu sorabji (Mumbai); Katherine Duffy(Cambridge,Massachusetts); Mr. Anthony Ramsey London; Leslie Mackenzie (Glasgo); Pankaj and Mary Mishra (London);Shelly Errington( santa cruz California); Umesh & Sunanda Gaur (Franklin Park, New Jersey); Julia Marchand (Rue Mouffetard,Paris); David Schischka-Thomas (Nottingham) Dr.Roma Chattarji (New delhi); Neela Sinde (Mumbai); Hilla Divecha (Mumbai);

  • Award & Recognition

    Awards:
    Ojas Art Awards 2015
    State Award of M.P. 2002
    Karigar Sanskriti Award Kolkata ( WB ) 2010
    The Tallest Story Competition Trophy from Inverness film Festival Scotland 2007

    ACHIVEMENT:
    Symposium at National gallery of Canada Ottawa 17th May 2013
    A Animation work shop in IND Ahmadabad Sep. 2012
    Painting work shop for Rachana Sansad school Of Fashion & Textile Design Mumbai 2010
    Symposium at National Museum New Delhi, Oct. 2010
    Symposium at Wellesley Collage Wellesley, Massachusetts, April 2010
    Symposium at Perugia University, Italy 2009
    Animation work shop at IGNCA, New Delhi, December 2008
    Cultural Exchange Program Barcelona, Spain, June 2004
    “Art In Action” Oxford, London, July 2004
    Animation Work shop with Scotland Animators in Bhopal 2004
    Painting work shop for Student of NIFT, Chennai 2003



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