Sajitha R. Shankar

Sajitha R. Shankar is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist from India. Her paintings are featured in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore; the National Gallery of Modern Art; the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the ArtsLalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Her preferred medium is charcoal and acrylic on paper. Her most recent installation is titled Tantric Yoni, a painting made out of turmeric, vermilion powder, rice powder, and burnt husk of paddy. The painting was created for the 2013 One Billion Rising campaign in Kochi.

Sajitha was a member of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Kerala, from 2002-2011. She also served as a Governing body member of Vyloppilli Samnkruti Bhavan, Trivandrum, Kerala from 2006-2011. In 2007, she founded the Gowry Art Institute on the banks of the Vamanapuram river in Kallar, with the goal of promoting the work of female artists, as well as to provide an inclusive space for promoting various cultural activities. Sajitha R. Shankhar has held 22 solo and 50 group art shows of her works in a wide variety of cities in India, as well as others across Europe.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2013 ‘Alterbodies’ at Alliance Française Trivandrum.
  • 2013 ‘Archetypes Alterbodies’ at IGNCA, New Delhi
  • 2009 CIRCLES siebenstern gallery, wien
  • 2008 STREE Tracing 20 years, retrospective show at Travancore House Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2007 Alliance Française Chennai.
  • 2007 Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
  • 2005 Selected works from 1985-2005 at Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala
  • 2005 “A journey through Mother Roots…” at Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum.
  • 2004 “Archetypes: A search through self” at Windspiel Galery, Vienna, Austria
  • 2004 “Archetypes: A search through self” at Alliance Francaise de Chennai.
  • 2000 “Congreso International Sobre Asia”, Fundacion Segundo Y Santiago Montes, Valladolid, Spain.
  • 2000 One month exhibition, Wort und Bild Gallery, Bochum, Germany
  • 2000 October Gallery, London
  • 2000 “Beyond the finale…” Alliance Francaise Gallery, Chennai.
  • 1999 “Searching from self” Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexam, United Kingdom.
  • 1998 Katsuyama City Centre, Japan.
  • 1998 Werkstatt Wort und Bild, Bochum, Germany.
  • 1998 Freud Art Cafe, Oxford, UK.
  • 1997 “Three decades of search within” Die Galerie, Essen, Germany.
  • 1996 “Beauty by Mistake”, The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai.
  • 1996 “Beauty by Mistake”, Werkstatt WORT und BILD, Bochum, Germany.
  • 1996 “Artist of the Month”, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai.
  • 1996 “Frauen und Wirklichkeit”, Kunstseminar Galerie, Metzingen, Germany.
  • 1996 Saras Albano muller’s Gallery, Schwelm, Germany.
  • 1995 “Frauen und Wirklichkeit”, Elsa Brandstrom Gymnasium, Oberhausen, Germany.
  • 1995 Queen’s Hall Art Centre, Hexam, Northemberland, UK.
  • 1995 Women and Reality”, Woodlands Gallery, Cochin, Kerala.
  • 1995 Alliance Française Chennai, organized by Sarala’s Art Centre and Alliance Française
  • 1987 College of Arts Gallery, Trivandrum. Sponsored by Lalit Kala Akademi, Kerala.

Group exhibitions

  • 2012 “speaking house” Durbar hall Art gallery, Cochin, Kerala.
  • 2012 Lalit Kala Gallery, Rabindrabhavan, Newdelhi.
  • 2011 ‘TRAYATY’at Gallery the Creant.Trivandrum.
  • 2010 MY STORY NIV art centre, New delhi.
  • 2010 British council, New delhi. Charles Wallace scholars show.
  • 2007 Women artists show at Regional Center, Chennai.
  • 2006 Women artists show at Dakshinachithra, Chennai.
  • 2006 ENTRUSTED’ An exhibition of 25 Charles Wallace India Trust arts scholars, British Council, New Delhi
  • 2005 100th Birthday Celebration of Pablo Neruda(Poet) at Wort Und Bild, Germany
  • 2005 ‘Double Enders’ Travelling show – Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai – Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi – Durbar Hall, Cochin.
  • 2005 ‘Women@rt’ at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai.
  • 2004 ‘Contemplations’ an exhibition of paintings by eminent women artists, Habiart Foundation, New Delhi.
  • 2004 ‘Contemplations’ an exhibition of paintings by eminent women artists, Gallerie Sara Arackal, Bangalore.
  • 2003 ‘Viswakarma’ Publiekscentrum Voor Beeldende Kunst Enschede, Netherlands.
  • 2002 ‘Viswakarma’ Kulturforum Rheine, Germany.
  • 2002 State Exhibition of Kerala, Lalit Kala Akademi , Cochin.
  • 2002 Women artists from India, Art World, Chennai.
  • 2001 44th National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi , New Delhi
  • 2001 “Silence and Violence” black and white Drawing and Painting show, Two women artists, Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Chennai.
  • 2000 Dreams, questions and struggles, three women artists, October Gallery, London.
  • 2000 Woodcut Prints Exhibition at Wort und Bild, Bohum, Germany.
  • 2000 Three artists – at Lalit Kala Akademi , Regional Centre Galleries, Chennai.
  • 1999 Four artists – at Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai.
  • 1999 Three women artists – at Art World, Chennai.
  • 1999 Group Show of Madras artists, Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai.
  • 1998 “Begegnungen” – with H.D. Golzenleuchter (German Artist print-maker & Poet), Germany.
  • 1998 “Alchemy show”, The Apparao Gallery, Chennai.
  • 1998 “Nomad Project, International exhibition, Durbar Hall, Cochin, Kerala.
  • 1998 “Nudes” The Apparao Gallery, Chennai.
  • 1998 “Nomad Project shows” Austria cultural centre, London, Contemporary art gallery, Sweden and Katsuyama city centre, Japan.
  • 1997 Seven contemporary women artists from different countries. Alliance Francaise De Chennai.
  • 1998 “Southern Stars” exhibition organised by The Art World, Chennai.
  • 1997 Human Form and Art, Lalit Kala Akademi , New Delhi.
  • 1997 Gallery 47, London, UK.
  • 1996 “Faces and Figures”, Quay Side Gallery, U.K.
  • 1996 12th Cleveland International Drawing Biennial, U.K.
  • 1996 “Chennai: an Emotion. 1996”, Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art
  • 1995 “Contemporary Miniatures”, Easel Gallery, Chennai
  • 1995 “Women Painters Show”, Kottayam, Kerala
  • 1995 “Second Annual Exhibition”, Chithram Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala.
  • 1995 “23rd State Exhibition”, Lalit Kala AkademiKerala.
  • 1993-94 “Research Awardees” Travelling Exhibition, L.K.A, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Calcutta, Chennai.
  • 1993 “Two women artists”, Sarala’s Art Centre, Chennai.
  • 1993 “Two women artists”, Chithram Art Gallery, CochinKerala.
  • 1990-93 National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi.
  • 1989-92 Lalit Kala Akademi , Chennai.
  • 1987,90,92 Regional Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi , Chennai.
  • 1984 Women Painters Show, Trichur (first exhibition).
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