Artists > Aji V.N.

AJI V.N., Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm / 23.6 x 15.7 in

Introduction

The intensity of the drawings of Aji V.N. arises from his concentrated compositions, and also from the shades he applies with the precision of a miniaturist, despite the large format. This paradoxical combination of scale and nuance evokes the idea of luxurious refinement. Colours and textures serve to season the onlooker, to bring him into a state in which the images can communicate by means of an intense silence. Part of the artist's sporadic propensity to pare away the non-essential, helps create his own magical equivalences. His surfaces breathe and expand, often prompting us to enter their implications, their mathematical demarcations as well as their atmospheres of mist and shadow. The irresistible fascination of these drawings lies somewhere between high imagination and psychological states of being.

Born 1968 in Kerala, India
BFA, College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum
MFA, College of Art, New Delhi
Lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013
    Aji V.N. 'Drawings', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands
  • 2009

    Solo Show, Nature Morte, New Delhi and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai. Catalogue essays by Grant Watson and Wilma Suto

  • 2007
    Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai. Catalogue essays by Kamala Kapoor and Marianne Vermeijden
  • 2000
    Foundation for Indian Artists / Galerie Schoo, Amsterdam

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2016

    'DWELLING', Part I, 10th Anniversary Show, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, curated by Ranjit Hoskote

  • 2014
    Kochi Muzirus Biennale, Kochi
  • 2011
    Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Taj Lands End, Mumbai
  • 2011
    '5th Anniversary Exhibition', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2011
    India Art Summit, New Delhi, Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
  • 2011
    'India Inclusive: Contemporary Art from India', World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
  • 2011

    'Paysage Mental'. Le Dessin sans Dessein Musee Eugene Leroy, Tourcoing, France

  • 2011
    'All About Drawing'. 100 Nederlandse kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands
  • 2011
    'Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain: Contemporary Drawing Fair', Paris Presented by Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris
  • 2010
    'A Thin Line', Galerie Tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2010
    Nominees Dolf Henkes Award, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2010
    'Have I Ever Opposed You?' New Art from India and Pakistan, Gallery Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva
  • 2010
    Hommage al'art du dessin, Institut Nederlandais, Paris
  • 2009
    'Tracing Time - Works on Paper', Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2009
    'Against Exclusion.' The Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin
  • 2008
    13th Art Forum Berlin, together with Jyothi Basu and Ratheesh T, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2008
    'Verloren Paradijs', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Netherlands
  • 2008
    'Affair', 1x1 Gallery, Dubai, Curated by Bose Krishnamachari
  • 2007
    'Drawing Typologies', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 2007

    ART HK 12, Hong kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke

  • 2007
    'Ten Light Years', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala
  • 2007
    '1st Anniversary Exhibition', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2006
    'Four by Four', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala
  • 2005
     'Double-Enders', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Curated by Bose Krishnamachari
  • 2004
    'Arte termita contra Elefante Blanco – Comportamientos Actuales del Dibujo', ICO Museum, Madrid
  • 2004
    'The Sacrifice – an intimate I' – works from the collection of Henri Swagemakers, Museum de Beyerd, Breda, Netherlands

Grants

  • 2003
    Basisstipendium,Foundation for Visual Arts, Netherlands
  • 2001
    'Werkbeurs', Foundation for Visual Arts, Netherlands (2001-02)