Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2012, charcoal on coloured paper, 205 x 75 cm / 80.7 x 28.9 in (each)

AJI V.N., Untitled, 2012, charcoal on coloured paper, 205 x 75 cm / 80.7 x 28.9 in (each)
AJI V.N., Untitled 2, 2014, charcoal on coloured paper, 75 x 250 cm / 29.5 x 98.4 in
AJI V.N., Untitled 3, 2014, charcoal on coloured paper, 75 x 250 cm / 29.5 x 98.4 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm / 23.6 x 15.7 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2011, charcoal on coloured paper, 204 x 75 cm / 80.3 x 29.5 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2008, charcoal on coloured paper, 75 x 175 cm / 29.5 x 68.9 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2008, conte on black paper, 76 x 225 cm / 30 x 88.5 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2008, charcoal on coloured paper, 80 x 150 cm / 31.4 x 59 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2007, charcoal on coloured on paper, 100 x 244 cm / 39.3 x 96 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2007, charcoal on coloured on paper, 100 x 244 cm / 39.3 x 96 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2006, charcoal on paper, 152.5 x 69.5 cm / 60 x 27.4 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2006, watercolour on paper, 57 x 155.5 cm / 22.4 x 61.2 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2005, charcoal and tea wash on paper, 104 x 245 cm / 40.9 x 96.4 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2006, watercolor on paper, 32 x 32 cm / 12.5 x 12.5 in
AJI V.N., Untitled, 2000, charcoal on paper, 140 x 114 cm / 55.1 x 44.9 in
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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, 
India
Lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Solo Exhibitions


2017   'Aji V.N. – New Oils on Canvas', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2013   Aji V.N. 'Drawings', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands
2009   Nature Morte, New Delhi and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2007   Aji V. N. – Recent Works, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2000   Foundation for Indian Artists / Galerie Schoo, Amsterdam


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019    India Art Fair, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, New Delhi, India
2018   'Nine Painters from Kerala', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2016   'DWELLING', 10th Anniversary Show (Part I), curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2015   'Above Reality', curated by Hansvan der Ham, Garage, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015   'Reviving the Retinal', curated by Kathleen Wyma, OED Gallery, Kochi, India
2014   'Whorled Explorations', 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale,  curated by Jitish Kallat, Kochi, India
2012   Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India
2012   Hongkong International Art Fair. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2011   '5th Anniversary Exhibition', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2011   India Art Summit, New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2011   'India Inclusive: Contemporary Art from India', curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
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
2011   'Paysage Mental'. Le Dessin sans Dessein, Musee Eugene Leroy, Tourcoing, France
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 Neerlandais, Paris
2009   'Tracing Time - Works on Paper', Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2009   'Against Exclusion.' The Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
2008   13th Art Forum Berlin, together with Jyothi Basu and Ratheesh T., Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2008   'Verloren Paradijs', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Netherlands
2008   'Affair', 1x1 Gallery, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Dubai
2007   'Drawing Typologies', Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2007   'Ten Light Years', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala, India
2007   '1st Anniversary Exhibition', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
2006   'Four by Four', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala, India
2005   'The Artist Lives and Works', Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2005   'Double-Enders', curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India 
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
2004   'Anticipations', curated by The Fine Art Resource, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, India


Awards

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


Public Collection

Piramal Museum of Art

 

EXHIBITIONS

Aji V. N. New Oils on Canvas

August 09, 2017 - September 30, 2017