Sosa Joseph's paintings are a significant, distinctive contribution to contemporary Indian figuration. One of the few women artists working in Kerala, she cherishes the meaning and potency of painting, further deconstructing the idea of painting as a male domain. Neither satire nor social commentary, her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of gender, religious identity and the amalgamation of historical and cultural influences that inform the social fabric of Kerala.
Contrary to the lineage of conceptual painters, Sosa Joseph paints directly from life, witnessing her immediate environment and realities. With her cultural and intellectual formation being shaped by the 'Baroda' climate that gained international acclaim through its foremost practitioner, Bhupen Khakhar, Sosa Joseph’s painterly focus is on the ordinary and the local. Festive congregations, the lively atmosphere of the bazaar, people immersed in public activities or sunk in the monotony of everyday life, form the elements of her complex spatial arrangements. Her almost flat ‘faux-naïf’ style chronicles everyday life, with central figures flanked by other smaller scenes. These figures, though in themselves extremely personal, are rendered universal, paying tribute to the conditio humana — the ultimate concerns of human existence.
Born 1971 in Kerala, India
Diploma in Painting, Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara, Kerala, India
Post-Graduate Diploma in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, India
Lives in Kochi, Kerala