Artist T. Venkanna confronts the stereotypical ways that define and contrive sexuality, which has become the dominant preoccupation of his practice. He often focuses on a sexual fantasy to create an escape from the suffocating norms of society via the simple act of day-dreaming. While doing so, he rediscovers certain motifs borrowed from artists like Hockney, Rousseau, and Mondrian, along with specific forms of traditional art. He then goes on to subvert each work, contextualizing a historic visual within the contemporary political discourse. Venkanna’s practice imbibes a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. His linguistic device is formed by integrating the personal, social, and ultimately the political. For instance, his solo, ‘Looking for Peace’ (2017), explored death in a time of war, where for Venkanna, the remnants of tragedy persist long after the violence ceases.
This artwork description has been sourced from Sakshi Gallery.
Venkanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda and Bachelors in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in painting from J.N.T.U, Hyderabad where he was awarded a Gold medal. The artist was shortlisted for the SKODA prize in 2010 and 2012. His works are in major collections including the Charles Saatchi collection (UK), the Burger Collection (Switzerland/Hong Kong), Swagemakers collection (Netherlands) and many more in America, Japan, Russia Europe and India. The artist lives and works in Baroda, India.
This artist bio has been sourced from Gallery Maskara .