Session brief- Santiniketan is an open air art museum for Indian Art, especially for the murals. This vibrant and experimental art practice became a landmark of Indian art history and art education. The great masters like Nandalal Bose, Benodebehari Mukherji, K. G. Subramanyan, Somnath Hore and Sukhen Ganguly have contributed immensely through experimentation and executed murals on the interior and exteriors of university buildings. These works were done with both traditional and modern techniques from India and the West drawn from fresco buono, fresco secco, terracotta, ceramic tiles, mosaic tiles, sand casting and mix mediums and so on. This has redefined the institutional space through the constant creative engagement. As one of the alumni of Kala Bhavana, practicing muralist and a teacher, the speaker will be sharing some of the techniques like fresco buono, fresco secco and Jaipuri technique within the stipulated time frame.
Speaker’s bio- Suresh K Nair was born in Kerala, India. Suresh has studied from Institute of Mural Painting, Guruvayur, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and Visva Bharati University Santiniketan, and an alumna of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, US. As a Muralist he has acquired a major presence in art spaces both in India and abroad for his Public Art. He exhibited his works both in the cities of India and abroad. He travelled UAE, UK, USA, Nepal, Bangladesh for his art. He has been awarded the Kerala Lalithakala Akadami award (2005) from the Government of Kerala, Elizabeth Green Shield Scholarship, Canada (1997), Fulbright Fellowship ( 2005- 06) and Earth Day network award (2015 and 2018) from Washington along with various arts exchange programs and research projects. Nair did music based drawing performance at TEDex IIT, Banaras Hindu University on the theme of “Order and Chaos”, Carnival of Creativity (CEC) at the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, Kabira Festival in Varanasi and recently he participated "OVNI International Art Project- Mural Urbano" and performed with Portugal Musician Joana Rodrigues at Caldas de Rainha at Portugal. Suresh specialized both in Indian and Western mural techniques and executed monumental murals in public and private spaces. Through his art Suresh addressed significant social issues like Environment, Plastic Pollution, World Peace, Partition and Migration issues through his Art, Activism and Art Performance. He has contributed to the community awareness in his recent art practices and contributed to cleanliness drive through artistic means. Suresh is currently teaching Visual Art in the Department of Painting, Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.