Dayananda Nagaraju is our new artist in residence.
Dayananda Nagaraju is the son of a farming family from south India in the state of Karnataka. He grew up observing the realities of farming and the rapid changes that have been imposed on it by contemporary life. These observations are part of what has always motivated his artwork.
Central to his work are large complex drawings representing the interwoven complexity of nature. They take inspiration from common tree knots, rice, rice paddy, everyday farm objects and belief systems related to farming culture.
His artwork also includes the reworking of objects traditionally part of farming culture, many of which have become obsolete but symbolically still important. He paints murals and public artworks for institutions and private businesses.
He holds a post-diploma in painting from the College of fine arts Karnataka Chitrakala parishath in Bangaluru and holds a bachelor degree in applied art from Sri Kalanikethana school of art in Mysore.