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Kodambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Last updated: October 30, 2014


V.HARIRAAM _______________________________________________________ I am born in the Lagoon town of Alwaye in 1948 in INDIA.


“Basically at start, a much acquired knowledge of looking at abstract painting was limited to the fact, of looking at it, as a mere visual experience; the thought that appeared scanty to me in the far later years. Since I begin as a post-impressionist in the early 70's, I could not decipher abstraction as more than a meagre visual experience; the idea in itself being not totally a misnomer. But, abstraction is something that repudiates form content. Abstraction is devoid of a physical reality that which makes its spiritual content, the unconscious. Once I had been awakened to this state of mind; the form content just meant as something leading me apparently to deal with the much annoying method of juggling with social narratives. Not that it is boring, but, the inward looking sensibilities, metaphors and abstractions are too earthy. I envisaged discovering within myself an abandonment of forms, far away from being geometrical at least, which I did engage or employ to suggest space. I had come across this book on abstract painting by Michel Seuphor, a 50 years of accomplishment, from the times of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky to Jackson Pollock, and a host of American Abstract Painters, much earlier in my life as an artist though. Now I realize, that abstract painting demands clairvoyance, to bring home in its wake, the ultimate reality of its being in a state of consciousness. My works are just that though, my preoccupation with metaphysical attitudes have kept me engaged with geometrical spaces, and equations, inorganic matter, materials and objects that appear in my work time and again as a essential genre.”




1974 : Academic Degree in Economics, University of Mysore, Mysore, INDIA

1975-80 : DFA (painting), Kalamandir School of Arts, Bangalore, INDIA

1988-90 : Specialised in Printmaking, Lalit Kala Akademi print workshop, Regional Centre, Chennai, INDIA

2008 : Specialised in printmaking, (non-toxic-method), New Grounds Print Shop, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA



2009 : 'Enigmatic Equations', Gallery Time & Space, Bangalore, INDIA

2006 : 'UNTITLED', Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, INDIA

1999 : 'SPACES', Upper Gallery, National Museum, Monuments & Art Galleries, Gaborone, BOTSWANA

1998 : 'Human form & astral space', The Easel Art Gallery, Chennai,India

1994 : Gallery Katayun, Kolkatta, INDIA

1982 : 'Brad Shaw Room', The Mall Galleries Administration, Federation of British Artists, LONDON

1981 : 'Metempsychosis', Venkatappa Art Gallery, Government Museums, Bangalore, INDIA

1979 : 'Transmigration', Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, INDIA

1978 : 'Paintings inspired by, 'Transformation of Nature in Art', by Anand Coomaraswamy, AIFACS Art Gallery, NEW DELHI

1976 : 'Paintings inspired by, 'The Little Prince', by Antoine De Saint Exupery, Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, INDIA

1975 : 'Natutre a New form', A lliance Francaise de Bangalore, INDIA



2011 : 'Art & Luxury show & Charity Auction', UB City, Bangalore, INDIA

2011 : 'Serigraphs from India', Matrix Art Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, present at affordable art fair, New York, USA

2011 : 'Serigraphs from India', Matrix Art Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

2011 : 'Seven Indian Artists', Gallery Art & Soul, Chennai, INDIA

2010 : 'Representation of printmakers of New Grounds Print Shop, Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2008,
at Sarala Art Gallery. Chennai, INDIA

2005 : 'Contemporary Indian Art', presented by Prakrit Arts, Chennai, INDIA, AT Hong Kong Visual Arts Trust, HONG KONG

2005 : 'Turning the Wheel: Tradition Unbound', Curated by India Habitat Centre, NEW DELHI, for Gallery Time & Space,
Bangalore, INDIA

2005 : 'Palette Passion', Apparao Gallery, NEW DELHI

2003 : International Small Engraving Saloon, Carbunari, ROMANIA

2003 : 'The Sacred & The Secular', Gallery Time & Space, Bangalore, INDIA

2002 : 'Drawn Memories & Painted Shadows', Vimonisha Art Gallery, Chennai, INDIA

2001 : International Biennial, Part of International Festival of Graphic Arts, National Museum of Arts, Cluj, NAPOCA

2000 : 'Gems 2000', Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, Park Sheraton, Chennai, INDIA

2000 : 'Art Access', Brila Academy of Art & Culture, Mumbai, INDIA

2000 : 'Monsoon in the Millennium', Gallery Sans Tache for contemporary art, Mumbai, INDIA

1999 : 'Graphic Expressions', a projection of Indian Contemporary Printmaking, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, INDIA

1998 : 'The Southern Stars', Art World, Sarala’s Art Centre, Chennai, INDIA

1998 : 'Human Form & Art', a cross-section of figurative art since 50 years of Indian Independence, Curators:
Lalit Kala Akademi, NEW DELHI

1996 : 'Chennai Four', Gallery Art Today [India Today], New Delhi, INDIA

1996 : 'Diverse Perceptions', Surya Art Gallery, Hyderabad, INDIA

1996 : 'Contemporary Indian Artists’, Chitram Art Gallery, Cochin, INDIA

1996 : 'Three Decades, Cholamandal Artists’, Village, Cholamandal Artists’ Gallery, Chennai, INDIA

1996 : 'Miniature Format', Gallery Sans Tache for Contemporary Art, Mumbai, INDIA

1996 : 'The End of Silence', Mirage Art Gallery, New Delhi, INDIA

1994 : 'Art Exchange Madras 94', Scaninavia & Tamilnadu, Lalitkala Akademi, Chennai, INDIA

1993 : 'Shraddha Samarpan', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, INDIA

1992 : 'State Annuals', Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi, Jaipur, INDIA

1992 : Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath, Bangalore, INDIA

1992 : L’AUTRE VOYAGE, Une Rencontre voie de Telecopie entre Artists’ Indiens et Francais, Alliance Francaise de Madras,

1991 : 'Southern Trends', Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, INDIA

1990 : 16th International Independent Exhibition of Prints in Kanagawa, JAPAN

1990 : Onze Mini-print Internacionale, Cadaques, SPAIN

1983-94 : National Exhibition of Art, Lalitkala Akademi, New Delhi, INDIA

1982: Centenary Show, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Federation of British Artists’, London, UK

1982 : 13th the South Eastern & International Federation of Art Societies, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK

1980 : Samyojitha, Graphic Art Show, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore, INDIA

1979-83: State Annuals, Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi, Bangalore, INDIA


Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, INDIA

Gallery Time & Space, Bangalore, INDIA



1977 : State Award: The Directorate of Archaeology & Museums in Karnataka, Bangalore, INDIA

1991 : Certificate of Merit: 5th International Biennial Print Exhibit [ROC], Taipei Fine Arts Museum, TAIWAN

1995 : State Award, ‘Tamilnadu Ovia Nunkalai Khuzu’, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, INDIA

2003 : International Triennial [Ioan Slavici], Arad, ROMANIA



National Gallery of Modern Art [NGMA], New Delhi, INDIA

National Museum & Monuments, Gaborone, Botswana, CENTRAL AFRICA

The Directorate of Archaeology & Museums in Karnataka, INDIA

Government Museum & Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore, INDIA

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, TAIWAN

National Museum of Arts, Cluj, NAPOCA

Museum of Arad, ROMANIA

Stad Museum of Graphic Art, Brunico, ITALY

Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Japan

Valluvar Kottam, Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai, INDIA

National Akademi of Art, New Delhi, INDIA

Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, INDIA

Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi, Bangalore, INDIA

Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA

Tapong Visual Arts Trust, Gaborone, BOTSWANA

Cluj County ‘Octavian Goga’ Library, Cluj, NAPOCA

Windsor & Newton, Harrow on the Hill, LONDON

Taj Mahal, Taj, Mumbai, INNDIA

State Bank of India, Mumbai, INDIA

Ranbaxy Laboratories, INDIA

Sterling Holiday Resorts, INDIA

Hindustan Aeronautics, Bangalore, INDIA

Bharath Electronics, Bangalore, INDIA

Nettur Technical Training Foundation, Bangalore, INDIA

Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, INDIA

Deepam Silks International, Bangalore, INDIA

State Bank of Mysore, Bangalore, INDIA

Reserve Bank of India, Bangalore, INDIA

Falcon Tyres, Bangalore, INDIA

IBM, Bangalore, INDIA

Biocon, Bangalore, INDIA

Ca Technology Centre, Hyderabad, INDIA

South India Carbonic Gas Industries, Chennai, INDIA

W.S Industries, Porur, Chennai, INDIA

Sudson Housing Development, Chennai, INDIA

Body Focus, Non surgical aesthetic clinic, Chennai, INDIA

Coromandal Software, Chennai, INDIA

Vetri Software, Chennai

Ashley House, Ashok Leyland, Chennai

Quality inn Aruna, Chennai, INDIA

Taj Residency, Calicut, INDIA

Taj Malabar, Wellingdon Island, Cochin, INDIA

Taj Garden Retreat, Varkala, INDIA

Taj Garden Retreat, Madurai, INDIA

Taj Garden Retreat, Kumarakom, INDIA

Taj Garden Retreat, Thekkady, INDIA

Taj Residency, Vishakapatinam, INDIA

Pace Foundation & Global Education Multiversity, Pune, INDIA



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