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Throngkiuba Yimchungru

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Throngkiuba Yimchungru is a Kolkata-based painter. He holds a BFA from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Rabindra Bharati University and an MFA from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan. He is currently a member of the Adivasi Art Trust, London, UK.

Much of his art closely engages with the social and cultural realities of environmental deterioration. When asked about his practice, he says:

“I don’t paint the picture, I paint only the reality of the world which humans have been destroying in an unprecedented assault while remaining unobtrusive. Likewise I do the same with my artworks, rendering sky, water, trees, land, etc. from multiple layers of wall putty, CaCO3, emulsion primer, adhesive, stainer, and enamel oil which are primarily materials used to build houses–connecting urbanization with chaos. Then, in emulation of environmental devastation, I burn (like the burning of forests) and rework the surface with iron soldering, tearing away at the material with a chisel like the giant Krupp machines mining the earth. Unfortunately, humans have to refund nature on a monumental scale.”

Throngkiuba has been part of various exhibitions across the country as well as the world, including the Annual Art Exhibitions at ICAD, Kolkata (2011-2014), the All India International Creative Art Centre Art Contest, Mumbai (2014), the international art exhibition “Rise of the Creatives” in New York and Long Island (2013), the India International Art Exhibition in Colombo (2013), the National Art Exhibition at Darpan Art Gallery, Pune (2014), the exhibition “Translation” at Emergent Space, San Francisco and ICCR, Kolkata (2016), an exhibition at Yorktown Museum, New York (2014), the opening of New Tate Modern, London, etc. He was awarded the ArtSlant Prize in the abstract category (2017), Best Mixed Media on Canvas at International Creative Art Centre Art Contest, Mumbai (2014),  the North East Zone Cultural Centre’s Young Artist Award by the Govt. of India (2011), among other accolades. He was also invited to a 2018 residency in Brandeburg, Germany.