Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (b. 1988 Colombo Sri-Lanka, Australia from 1989) he/him

Sri-Lankan born, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a contemporary artist. He is interested in global histories and languages of figurative representation and their intersections with issues relating to the politics of idolatry, the monument, gender, race and religiosity. He has specific interests in South Asian forms and imagery. While he is best known for his inventive and somewhat unorthodox approach to ceramic media, his material vernacular is broad. He has worked imaginatively with a range of sculptural materials including bronze, concrete, neon, LED and fibreglass.

His signature neo-expressionist and polychromatic style has been adapted for works in museums, festivals, multi-art centres and the public domain. This has included significant presentations at the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Dhaka Art Summit, Art Basel Hong Kong and Dark Mofo festival. His first major permanent public artwork was recently installed at the entrance of the new HOTA gallery.

While Nithiyendran is often presented to the public in a diverse range of print, online and television media related to art, culture and fashion, his contributions to contemporary art and culture have also been acknowledged in various ways. In 2019, he received a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship which recognised his outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage. This same year he was included Thames and Hudson’s book, ‘100 Sculptors of Tomorrow’; a global survey of cutting edge, sculptural practice and presented work in the largest historical survey of LGBTQ Asian Art at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre.

Recently, The Art Gallery of New South Wales acquired his monumental work ‘Avatar Towers’. This is an installation of 70 ceramic and bronze figures originally presented in the gallery’s historic vestibule. His work is held in various other public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum.

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