SREEKANTH KURVA

He was born in 1968. In 1994 he graduated with a BFA in Painting with First Class with Distinction from the College of Fine Arts, JNTU, Hyderabad and in 1996 he got his masters with an MFA in Graphics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda. He has held several group shows and solo shows and has been invited to participate in the Special Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition in connection with Celebration of Golden Jubilee Year of India’s Independence “ Human Form and Art”, in Chennai in 1997 and in 1998 at the Harmony Show, Mumbai. He is the recipient of several Scholarships including the AIFACS, New Delhi. 50 Years of Art in Independent India; HRD National Scholarship, Govt. of India, New Delhi; and the Central Lalitha Kala Academy, New Delhi. His paintings are in the collections of the national Gallery of Modern Art and the Lalit Kala Academi , New Delhi . “Every artist looks for creativity in different subjects, but I focused on animals to give to vent to my expressions, “says Sreekanth Kurva. Dr. Ashrafi S. Bhagat, the noted Art Historian and Art Critic writes”… the idea of animal representation as ‘portraits’ corresponding in its dignity to human beings would no longer be considered blasphemy but would come under the umbrella of ‘postmodern sensibility’. One artist who has passionately pursued the love of nature in terms of animal world is Sreekanth Kurva, a Hyderabad based artist, who has struck a chord with his viewers through rendition of animal portraits”. The simplicity of form both in his paintings and drawing or sculptures leans heavily of folk and naïve tribal traditions in art. Sreekanth’s humour in portraying animals that have human like qualities and emotions strikes a chord with the viewer.