Shivaram Paintings

About the Artist

Painting is the spontaneous expression of the imaginative impulse in Shivaram. Shivaram started showing signs of creativity since childhood – clutching brushes and colours all the time rather than the bat and ball. He is adept at cartooning his classmates.

Shivaram was born in Nagercoil, an elegant town set in the deep southern part of Tamil Nadu, India – surrounded by mountains, paddy fields, forests, cascades and the sea. He had always wanted to be an artist, but was not able to study fine arts. However, his college days became an important period in shaping his life as an artist, for during this period, he participated in many art competitions and won many awards at various levels.
Shivaram is a multi-dimensional artist by performance – an illustrator, an abstract artist, a landscape painter, an artist that holds a modern view. Many of his paintings capture different dance and music forms from the 29 states of India. His iconic style comprises of lines and angles, and use of vibrant colours in a semi-abstract way (figurative in abstract formation). Shivaram paints acrylic on canvas to depict Indian classical and folk culture, Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesha, Lord Buddha as well as Indian abstracts. Recently, he began to explore cultures beyond India such as Thailand, where he develops a new style based on curves.

In 2013, Ramaswamy Shanmugavel was one of few artists selected through a rigorous process to contribute to 34 pieces of art (32 murals and 2 sculptures) that dot the new Chennai airport across its domestic and international gates. As part of the team, he worked together with the other selected artists to present the Indian culture through art installations that illustrate a clear portrait of India’s heritage.

Shivaram has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in different cities of India. Over the years, and he has built a respectable following of art collectors and critics who appreciate his art.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Genesis Art Gallery, February 2015
2014 Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, Chennai, April 2014
2013 Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, Chennai, May 2013
2012 Gallery ‘G’, November 2012
2009 Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, Chennai, September 2009
2009 Arterios Art Gallery, Chennai, May 2009
2007 Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai, April 2007
2006 Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore, July 2006
2006 Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, Chennai, April 2006

Group Exhibitions

2008 Hues Art Gallery, Bangalore, October 2008
2008 Athreya Art Gallery, Chennai, July 2008
2006 Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery at The Museum Gallery, Mumbai, August 2006

Special Projects

2013 Selected artist as part of a team to contribute to 34 pieces of art (32 murals and 2 sculptures) for the new Chennai airport

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