Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
VINOD BALAK, Dwellers from an Unmapped Terrain, 2016, oil on canvas
VINOD BALAK, Dwellers from an Unmapped Terrain, 2016, oil on canvas, 79.2 x 182.8 cm / 31.2 x 72 in


“As a mercantile and caravans’ hub in its history, Kerala flourished from an amalgam of cultures from around the world. As a result of its multiculturalism, the art of Kerala should possess, I believe, a universal appeal”. 

In densely chromatic paintings, Vinod Balak alludes to histories of migration of culture and labour. With a quirky twist, and with great dexterity, he depicts a multiplicity of perfectly scaled and rendered chicken coups, like building blocks, that make up towers, airplanes or row houses. Reference to present day economies and hierarchies, and a sense of incongruity, presides. Vinod Balak lays out a minutely detailed universe in utopian garb. 

Born 1982 in Kerala, India 
BFA (Painting), Government College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala 
MFA (Painting), S.N. School of Fine Arts, Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad 
Lives and works in New Delhi

Solo Exhibitions 

2020  'Tomorrow's Land', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 

2010  'Venus Retrograde', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2020   'Games of Chance', curated by Leandre D'Souza, Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Panaji, Goa
2018   'Nine Painters from Kerala', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 
2017   'DWELLING',10th Anniversary Show (Part II), curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2015   'The Sound of Silence', Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad
2013   'Touched by Bhupen', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2012   'New Selections: South Asia', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
2012   'Flying', Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2011   Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Taj Lands End, Mumbai
2011   5th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2011   'Roots in the Air, Branches Below', Modern and Contemporary Art from India, San Jose Museum of Art, California
2008   'Anxious', curated by Gitanjali Dang, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2005   Lalit Kala Akademi State Exhibitions, Kerala




January 10, 2020 - March 03, 2020

Vinod Balak – Venus Retrograde

December 16, 2010 - January 29, 2011


In Future Tense

by Benita Fernando , Indian Express 

Staging Art

by Gregory Maddox, Indian Express