Born 1970, Sindgi, Bijapur, Karnataka, India

During his youth, Iranna studied in a Gurukul (a system of education where the student resides with the teacher) and lived in an ashram for almost seven years. A strong connection to his cultural roots enters his work alongside his approach to exploring the antitheses of inherent dualities of the world. Iranna endeavours to translate an internal landscape onto his tactile surfaces and aspects of Buddhist art influences are evident. Although he began painting oil on canvases, Iranna later developed his range of medium, embarking on his now primary use of tarpaulin.

The artist lives and works in New Dehli, India.

1999-2000 Artist-in-Residence, Wimbledon School of Art, London
1994 Master of Fine Art (Painting), College of Art, New Delhi
1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), College of Visual Art, Gulbarga, Karnataka

Select Solo Exhibitions

2012 Limning Heterotopias, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
2011 Scaffolding the Absent: G. R. Iranna’s Phenomenological Interventions, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2010 Ribbed Routes, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai / New York
2008 Birth of Blindness, Aicon Gallery, London and New York.
2007 The Dancer on the Horse, Berkeley Square Gallery, London
Recent Works by GR Iranna, Berkley Square Gallery, London
2006 King of Clay, Aicon Gallery, New York and California
Disorder and Early Sufferings, Gallery Muller & Plate, Munich
2005 Early Works, Gallery Muller and Plate, Munich
Threads of Humanism, Bodhi Art, New Delhi, Singapore
2003 The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Dream and Perplexity, Chitrakala Parisath, Bangalore
2001 The Enigma of Departure, British Council and The Guild Art Gallery,Mumbai
2000 Foyer Gallery, Wimbledon School of Art, London
Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Maulana Azad Center for Indian Culture, Cairo, Eqypt
1999 In the Shadow of Buddha, Gallery Martini, Hong Kong
1998 Shadow of the Real, Shridharani Art Gallery and Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1995 Edge Dynamics, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1992 College of Visual Art, Gulbarga

Select Group Exhibitions

2010 San Jose Museum of Art San Jose California
Group Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei Taiwan, by Sakshi Gallery.
Indian (sub) Way, Grosvenor Vadhera Gallery, London, curated by Yashodhara Dalmia.
Go See India, Contemporary Indian Art at Gothenburg, Sweden. Curated by Amith Mukhopadyya & Oscar Aschan.
2009 Signature Art Prize Singapore Show, Museum Singapore.
Culture Popular India, Maspresidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid Museum, Madrid. Curated by Shahin Mirali.
Retrieval Systems, Curated by Ranjit Hoskote. Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre; Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
Astonishment of Being, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata cureted by Diksha Nath. Think Small, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
Big Dreams, Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore.
Zip Files, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Moderns and More, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto
Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London
Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
2008 Keep Drawing, Gallery Espace, New York
MiArt 2008, Fiera Milano International Spa, Milan represented by The Guild, Mumbai
2007 Asian Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Aicon Gallery, New York
Keep Drawing, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
India 20, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
High on Art, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Telling It Like It Is: The Indian Story, The Gallery in Cork Street, London
2006 Confluence, Aicon Gallery, New York
The Human Figure, Gallery Threshold, New Dehli
Contemporary Istanbul Fair, Istanbul
2005 We Are Like This Only, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Paths of Progression, Bodhi Art/Saffronart, New Delhi, Mumbai, Singapore, New York
Arad Biennale, Romania
2004 Untitled, Gallery Espace, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Peter Muller Gallery, Munich, Germany
Gallery 27, Oslo, Norway
2002 Words and Images, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
Jehangir Art Gallery Golden Jubilee Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001-02 Palette, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2001 Apparao Galleries, Chennai
The Human Factor, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Kaleidoscope, ISU International Art Gallery, Singapore
Engendering – Images of Women, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2000 Black & White, Art Today, New Delhi
1999 Icons of the Millennium, Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai
The Creative Process, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Edge of the Century, New Delhi
1998 Vedanta Art Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A
Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Four Artists, Diverse Talents, Guild Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1995 Schoo’s Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
1994 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1993 Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi
1992 Award Winners Exhibition SCZCC, Nagpur-Bangalore-Indore-Hyderabad-Pune
1990 Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore
Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore

Awards and Scholarships

2008 APB Signature Jury Award, Singapore
2004 Harmony Show Artist of the Year, Harmony foundation, Mumbai
2002 K K Hebbar Foundation Award
2001 State Award, Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy, Bangalore
1999-2000 International Scholarship from Charles Wallace India Trust, British Council
1997 40th National Academy Award, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
AIFACS Award, New Delhi, 50 years of Art in Independent India
1996-1997 National Scholarship from Ministry of H.R.D., Government of India
1995-1996 Garhi Research Grant from Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
1993 In Search of Talent, M.F. Hussain & Ram Kumar Selection Award, Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi
Bansi Parmimu Memorial Committee, Dhomi Mall Art Gallery, New Delhi
Delhi College of Art, New Delhi
1991-92 College of Visual Art, Gulbarga
All India Exhibition Mysore Dasara, Mysore
1990 4th All India Exhibition SCZCC, Nagpore


National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal
Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
Singapore Art Museum
Private collections in Mumbai, Delhi, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, Austria, Croatia and Herwitz Collection, U.S.A.; United Kingdom; Singapore.


Born 1971 in Kerala

Riyas Komu produces politically charged paintings, sculptures and installations that channel difficult subjects including religion and identity. He grew up in Kerala, where both his father and uncle were politicians and subsequently influenced his world view—planting the drive to tackle and critique government policy and affairs. Perhaps best known for his portraiture, he captures extreme emotions, their intensity understood to be fuelled by the plights of contemporary India. The compositions are always cropped tightly around the face, lest we pay attention to anything but the human subject and the physicality of socio-political inequalities, or of war or of dissolute poverty. Recently, he has focused on several football-related projects, which includes a large scale sculpture installation at the Pompitue Centre in Paris in 2010 and a series of portraits of Indian National Team soccer players.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai and Kerala, India.


1999 Masters in Fine Arts (Painting), Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
1997 Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting), Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai

Select Solo Exhibitions

2010 – 2011 Oil’s Well, Let’s Play!, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan
2010 Subrata to Cesar, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, with Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Safe to Light, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
2009 Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 Related List, Bodhi Art, Berlin
MARK HIM (Second half), Gallery 88, Kolkata
2007 MARK HIM (First half), The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 Systematic Citizen, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Faith Accompli, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2005 The Third Day, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Grass, photography show, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2003 Sarasu, photography show on Raja Ravi Verma Press, the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2002 – 2003 Ambulance, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; Renaissance Art Gallery, Bangalore
2002 Unconditional, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Select Group Exhibitions

2011 Inde, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Contemporary Art from India, Helsinki Art Museum – The Tennis Palace, Helsinki, Finland
Tech-Cut-Edge-Revelations, Ashna Gallery, New Delhi
Myth – Reality: Constructing Culture, The Guild, Mumbai
Concurrent India, Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Finland
Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema and Cricket: The New Cultural Icons of India, Jehangir
Art Gallery, Mumbai
2010 Inside India, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin
Midnight’s Children, Studio La Citta, Italy
Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference, by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi, with
American Centre; British Council; Goeth-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
Indian (Sub)Way, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Grosvenor Vadehra, London
Third Dimension, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
A. SYCO, the Viewing Room, Mumbai
By George, by Cherry Art Foundation at Alliance Francaise de Delhi, New Delhi
1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
Contested Space – Incursions, Seven Art Limited, New Delhi
India Awakens: Under the Banyan Tree, Essl Museum, Austria
2009 – 2010 Sculpture, the Guild, Mumbai
2009 The Dark Science of Five Continents, Gallery BMB, Mumbai
Indian Summer, Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin
Multitudes, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore; with Zen Studio Gallery;Artflute.com
India Contemporary, GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hague
In the Mood for Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing
Zip Files, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Inaugural Show, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei
Shifting Shapes, Unstable Signs, Yale School of Art, Connecticut
Bapu, by Saffronart, with Berkeley Square Gallery, London
Pulse New York, presented by Aicon Gallery, New York
2008 – 2009 Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London
Hot Shots, the Viewing Room, Mumbai
2008 The Ghost of Souza, Aicon Gallery (inaugural show in Bowery), New York
Uncovered, Sans Tache Art Gallery, Mumbai
November, 1x1 Contemporary, Al Quoz, Dubai
Everything 2008: 12 Artists from India, Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam
Six Degree of Separation Chaos, Congruence and Collaboration in South Asia, by KHOJ International Artists’ Association, at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
Urgent Conversations, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre; Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
Everywhere Is War (and Rumors of War), Bodhi Art, Mumbai
Link, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai
Frontlines: Notations from the Contemporary Indian Urban, Bodhi Art, Berlin
Shifting Terrains: Altered Realities, the Shrine Gallery, New Delhi
India Crossing, Studio La Citta, Verona
Affair, 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2007 – 2008 Swarovski Crystal World, 1st exhibition, Tirol-Österreich, Austria
India Now: Contemporary Indian Art Between Continuity and Transformation,
Provincia di Milano, Milan, Italy
Face East, Wedel Fine Art, London
Similarities, Lansdowne Gallery, Mumbai
Kashi: 10 Llight Years – Anniversary Show, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
2007 Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind, La Biennale di Venezia, 52nd International
Art Exhibition, Italy
India Time,Galleria Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi, Milan, Italy
Frame/Grid/Room/Cell, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai
New Wave: Contemporary Indian Art, Aicon Gallery, London
Photographs, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
Other, with Peter Drake, Aicon Gallery, London
I Fear, I Believe, I Desire, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Young Guns, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
2006 Bronze, sculpture show, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
Drawing Show an Act of Art II, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai
Art on the Beach, Made by Indians, St Tropez, Gallery Enrico Navarra, Paris
On Difference #2 (represented Korea), Wurtt, Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
Maarkers, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai
Red Earth And The Pouring Rain, Lanxess ABS Gallery, Baroda
Strangeness, Ananat Art Gallery, Kolkata
Tangibles, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Kaam, Aicon Gallery, New York and Palo Alto
Span, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Endless Terrain, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
Double Enders, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi
Present Future, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
Configurations, Ananat Art Gallery, New Delhi
Are We Like This Only?, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
Whose Space Is It Anyway?, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Mannat Jali, Marine Drive, Mumbai
Public Art Project, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
2004 Anticipations, Museum Gallery, Mumbai
Bombay Boys, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
A New Mediatic Realism, Bayer ABS Gallery, Baroda, India
Generation I, Saffronart Gallery, Mumbai
RED, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Mumbai x 17, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
2003 Crossing Generations: diverge (40 years of Gallery Chemould), NGMA, Mumbai
Highlights, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2D/3D, Visual Art Center, Hong Kong
Ideas and Images, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
Art for Art/ Switzerland Meets India, Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai
2002 Ways of Resisting 1992- 2002, Sahmat, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
Words and Images, the Guild Art Gallery, and NGMA, Mumbai
Creative Space, Sakshi Gallery, India Habitat Center, New Delhi
Crosscurrents, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Harmony Shows (2004-1999), Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Debt, the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Tribute to Picasso, the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001 The Human Factor, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Engendering Images of Women, the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
Excerpts from My Diary, Fine Art Company, Mumbai
2000 Mumbai Metaphor, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Exile Longings, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai
Memos of the New Millennium – Artists from the Moulting World, Birla Academy of Art
& Culture, Mumbai
Ideas and Images (video installation), National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
1999 Critic’s Choice, Ideas and Images, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
1998 He Used to Believe That EMS Planted Coconut Trees in Kerala (installation), Sir J.J.
School of Art, Mumbai
Essays in Time – Kinetic Sculptures (audio-visual installation), Nehru Centre, Mumbai

Awards and Honors

2010 Fellowship from Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala
1996 Hebbar Foundation Scholarship
Bombay Art Society Award, Mumbai
1995 Maharashtra State Award