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Suresh Jayaram


Suresh Jayaram is an artist, art historian, arts administrator, and curator from Bengaluru. He is the Founder-Director of Visual Art Collective 1 Shanhtiroad Studio, an international artist’s residency and alternative art space in Bengaluru, India. He is currently involved in art practice, urban mapping, archiving, curation, and arts education. His keen interest in environmental and urban developmental issues influences his work. He taught Art History at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, the College of Fine Arts in Bengaluru and later went on to become the Dean from 2005-2007. He obtained his BFA in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat 1990 and MFA from M.S.University, Baroda in 1992 in Art Criticism. He has been the Curator for Colombo Art Biennale 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and curated an exhibition as well as compiled a monograph for the ‘Krumbiegel Project’ (2011) -a public history/art project that included research, documentation, and exhibition that looked at the life of Gustav Herman Krumbiegel, a German horticulturist and urban planner of significance in South India. In 2010, he was the Curator for ‘Sethusamudram Project’ – a 3-year collaborative art project initiated by Theertha International Artists Collective, Colombo, Sri Lanka and 1 Shanthiroad Studio, that sought to collectively develop and envision programmes to engage with and address the highly complex and variegated history and emotions surrounding the relations between India and Sri Lanka.