K P Reji
Born in 1972 in Kerala, Reji completed both B.F.A. and M.F.A in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda.
Reji's paintings exude a matter-of-factly quality. His use of bold, slightly rounded figuration constructs a naïve style reminiscent of Gauguin. Despite - or perhaps because of - their apparent simplicity, his paintings are enigmatic and the motifs he engenders are difficult to decipher. His work is multifaceted and complex in its analysis of the individual's relationship to his external environment. Often political in inflection, his canvases explore the connection between psychological states of mind and socio-political behaviour.
His select group exhibitions and Biennales’ include: Negotiation in Contested Space. Part I, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2017; Sub-Plots: Laughing in the Vernacular, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2017; Art Chennai by The Guild, Mumbai, 2014; Touched by Bhupen, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, 2013; Art Basel Hong Kong by The Guild, Mumbai, 2013; Chennai Art Fair by The Guild, Mumbai, 2012; VIP Art Fair byThe Guild, Mumbai.
His solo shows include: With a Pinch of Salt, Nature Morte, New Delhi in collaboration with The Guild, Mumbai and at The Guild, Mumbai, 2009;Just Above My Head, The Guild, Mumbai,
He received the Sanskriti Award for the Young Artist in 2007 from the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi.
His exhibit is titled Making of Mahatma Gandhi / Migratory Birds, an Oil on Canvas made in 2011.