Srilamanthula Chandramohan

Andra Pradesh, India
Indian artist Srilamanthula Chandramohan aims “to show the purity, truth and reality in human beings using the images of gods and goddesses” as he himself stated in an interview with India’s National Newspaper “THE HINDU”.
His Hindu paintings caused a controversy in the Indian art community in 2007. After the artworks that he had exhibited at the annual exhibition of the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda, were described as vulgar and horrifying, the exhibition was closed and the artist got arrested.

Srilamanthula Chandramohan works on mythology. In order to enlarge the viewer’s power of imagination of traditional forms and myths the artist explores new forms of expression. He wants to create images of a visual appearance that can be understood by everyone and not only by educated people of the art’s elite society. Abstract topics such as truth and purity claim the right to freedom of expression. To overstep some people’s bounds of good taste can therefore be described as an essential part of the illustrated subject matter.

Although Srilamanthula Chandramohan’s arrest might have caused a different truth and a different reality than the one he had asked for with his artworks, the result was a success: the storm created by his paintings was just as powerful as he had wished and as a consequence people started fighting for their rights to freedom of expression.

place & year of birth

featured galleries

M.V.A – Graphics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U Baroda

B.F.A – Painting, J.N.T.U, Hyderabad

solo exhibitions

group exhibitions
Group (Feb show) at ABS Art Gallery, Baroda

2006, 2007
AIFACS, New Delhi

Group show at M.S University, Baroda

Group Show at ABS Art Gallery, Baroda

Hyderabad Art Society

Group Shows at Telugu University

Highly Commendable certificate in 8th biennial of printmaking, Bhopal-2008

49th National Exhibition of Art by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

All India Industrial Exhibitions – Hyderabad Art Society

2004 & 2006
Highly Commendable certificate by Hyderabad Art Society