Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (b. 1988 Colombo Sri-Lanka, Australia from 1989). Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture and painting to explore themes related to idolatry, queer politics and aesthetics, the monument, gender and religion. Nithiyendran applies his formal training in painting to involve more painterly surfaces in his ceramic forms. Coarse brush marks, drips, transparent layers and expressive lashes of glaze represent an extension of his painting and sculptural vernacular. Nithiyendran has exhibited at various spaces and contexts including the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, the encounters section for Art Basel Hong Kong, the 2016 Kuandu Biennale, Taipei, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and The National: New Australian Art 2017. Between September 2020 and February 2021 Nithiyendran exhibited a 77-piece installation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales called ‘Avatar Towers’ (2020). The installation represents the largest acquisition of Australian Ceramics by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2019, Nithiyendran received a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, a $160,000 grant to recognise his outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage. He was also included Thames and Hudson’s book, ‘100 Sculptors of Tomorrow’; a global survey of cutting edge, sculptural practice. Most recently, he has been appointed as the 2020 recipient of the Melbourne Art Foundation and HOTA Gallery Commission. The MAF/HOTA Commission will be a bold outdoor artwork to welcome visitors in a prominent location. He is regularly featured as one of the leading practitioners of his generation, being promoted to the public in a diverse range of print, online and television media related to art, culture and fashion.
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