Born 1967, Kerala


Rajan Krishnan`s art is very sensitive to his immediate natural environment. The fields and villages of the Kerala of his youth play the role of `principal protagonist` in most of his works, expressing his deepest aesthetic proclivities. His early works are slightly sentimental in their depiction of childhood memories of home, but this phase seems to have given way to a more assertive cynicism that unflinchingly records the sudden and sweeping changes wrought on the landscapes he has known and loved. Rajan Krishnan passed away in 2016.


1996 Master of Fine Arts in Painting, M. S. University, Baroda
1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Govt. College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram
1989 Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Calicut University, Kerala


Solo Exhibitions
2018 Rajan Krishnan | A Retrospective, Aicon Gallery, New York
Retrospective, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Ernakulam, Kochi
2011 Ancestry, Aicon Gallery, New York
2009 Four Paintings, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 RE-VISIT, OED Basement, Kochi
Ore / Substances of Earth-I, Bodhi Space, Mumbai
2007 Memoir, Bodhi Art, New York
2006 Art Singapore 2006, Bodhi Art, Singapore
Enroute, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai
2004 Little Black Drawings, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi


Group Exhibitions
2017 Land Forms, Curated by Kathleen Wyma, Gallery OED, Kochi
2016 Delicate Bond of Steel, Aicon Gallery, Mumbai
2014 The Contemporary Walk III, Gallery Ragini, New Delhi
2013 Arrival & Departures: The Story of Indian Modern Art, San Francisco, by Aicon Gallery, New York
In the Colours of India, J. Bastien Art, Brussels, Belgium
Revisit, at the Lalitha Kala Akademy, Thrissur by Gallery OED, Kochi
It Matters, Seher, India International Centre, New Delhi
Quad, curated by Niten Mehta, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Remaking the Modern, London Summer Exhibition, Aicon Gallery, New York
Up to the Nines, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Card-O-Logy, Curated by Jasmine Shah Varma, Samsara Art, Mumbai
Between Darkness & Magic, CIMA Gallery at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2012 The Embedded Landscape, Religare Art Gallery, Delhi
Between Darkness & Magic, CIMA Gallery Kolkata
Concrescence, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Big is Small, Miniature art show, Curated by Anoop Kamath, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi
1341 AD, Gallery OED, Kochi
Art for Humanity, curated by Pranali Daundker, in aid of citizens for justice and peace, Mumbai
2011 Video Wednesday II, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Gallery Espace, Delhi
Lateral Insertions, Gallery Bluespade, Bangalore
Palimpsests, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Reprise 2011, Aicon Gallery, New York
Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata
The Lost Sparrow, presented by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Between Seasons, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
At Walden Pond, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Space-Untitled, David Hall, Kochi
Art Chennai, Gallery OED, Kochi
Art Dubai, Aicon Gallery, London
India Art Summit, Delhi
2010 The Silk Road, Saatchi Gallery, Lille (Lille 3000), France
Earth, Gallery OED at Indigo and Labernum Galleries, Chennai
Earth, Gallery OED, Kochi
Alt+Refresh, Pigment Art, Delhi
Who has seen Gandhi, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
Creating CommonWealth, Gallery Ragini, Delhi
Nature Revisited, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London
2009 Vicissitudes of the Constructed Images, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
Evidentia, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
RE-CLAIM / RE-CITE / RE-CYCLE, Latitude 28, New Delhi & Bose Pacia, Kolkata
Group Show, Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi
Group Show, Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata
Group Show, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Group Show, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram
Facets of A People, Gallery OED, Kochi
Metamorphosis – Change and Continuity in Indian Contemporary Art, Phyllis Weston Annie Bolling Gallery, Cincinnati, USA
The Hot Shots, The Viewing Room, Mumbai
2008 Works by Various Artists, Bodhi Art, New York
Video Wednesday, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
The Drawing Show, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Keep Drawing, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Triva 2008, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram
Art Beat, The Shrine Gallery, New Delhi
Hong Kong International Art Fair, Bombay Art Gallery
Art Chicago, Bodhi Art
Art Cologne, Italy, Bodhi Art
2007 Kashi – 10 Light Years, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
Representation, Triva Contemporary, Thiruvananthapuram
Gulf Art Fair, Dubai, Bodhi Art
2006 A Compensation for what has been lost, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi
Take Two - The Chennai Chapter' Group Show, Gallery Sumukha
Real, mattersofart.com, New Delhi
Summer Rites, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Group show, Open Eyed Dreams, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi
Four by Four, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
Group show, Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad
Group show, Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong, presented by Gallery Sumukha
2005 New Colours of Sumukha, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
Double Enders, at Jehangir Art Gallery & Museum Gallery, Mumbai, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, and Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi
2003 Remembering Bhupen, Kashi Art Café, Fort Kochi
Regional Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Chennai
2002 Monsoon Show, Daira Centre for Art & Culture, Hyderabad
Tree Festival, Kashi Art Cafe, Fort Kochi
An Album of Drawings, Draavidia, Fort Kochi
Cross Currents, Daira Centre for Art & Culture, Hyderabad
2001 Annual show, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi
2000 Chingamela, Kerala Kalapeetom, Kochi
1999 An Album of Drawings and Paintings, Draavidia Gallery, Kochi
1998 Substances on Black Moon, Galleria Mareechika, Kochi
Miniature Format Show, Gallery Sans Tache, Mumbai
1997 Gift for India, SAHMAT, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi


Related Experience
2010 Curator, Earth, Gallery OED, Kochi. Artists: Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Sudhir Patwardhan, N Rimzon, Rajan Krishnan and Sujith S N
2009 Curator, Let It Happen, OED, Kochi. Artists: N Rimzon, Reghunadhan K, and Rajan Krishnan