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. This helped to form a strong connection to his cultural roots, which enters his work alongside his exploration of the antitheses of inherent dualities of the world. Iranna endeavors to translate an internal landscape onto 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 Delhi, 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

2013 When High and Low Art Meet, Curated by Rupika Chawla, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon
2013 Living Walls, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon
2012 On a Journey, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon
2012 Alone/Together, Aicon Gallery, New York
2011 Reprise, Aicon Gallery, New York
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.