Mapping with Figures : The Evolving Art of KS Radhakrishnan

Curated by R Sivakumar

12th April – 11th June, 2016
at Akar Prakar Art Advisory, New Delhi

 

KS Radhakrishnan is one of India’s most significant sculptors, and he works almost exclusively in bronze. He was born in Kottayam district of Kerala in 1956. After completing his under-graduation from St. Berchmans’ College, Changanacherry, Radhakrishnan went to Santiniketan in 1974 to pursue formal training in art from the prestigious Kala Bhavana of Visva Bharati University. There he was mentored and trained by two important figures of Indian modernism – Ramkinkar Baij and Sarbari Roy Choudhury. His sculptural talents were acknowledged at a very young age when he was awarded with the National Scholarship offered by Government of India in 1978. During these early formative years of his career Radhakrishnan was invited to be part of many exhibitions at the Lalit Kala Akademi and the Birla Academy of Art and Culture. He completed his MFA in the year of 1981 and was awarded with a research grant by Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi to work in Garhi Village. This gave him an opportunity to move to Delhi and explore the diverse artistic practices of the metropolis. Since then, he had more than fifteen solo shows including the ones at Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux-Bry-sur-Marne (France), Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi), NGMA (Bangalore) and at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture (Kolkata) amongst others. Among the numerous group shows at which his works have been exhibited are the National Exhibition at New Delhi (1980); Triennalle India (1990); Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine at Nouveav Forum des Halles, Paris (1995); Hippodrome d’elongchamp, Paris (1996); Espace Michel Simon-Noisy le grand, France (1996), and Beijing Biennale (2012). From 1980’s onwards Radhakrishnan has installed open air sculptures across the country and abroad including at the TMI foundation, Cotignac, France.