According to the artist, his working process is “a kind of extraction system, that draws on tiny concerns about uber urbanization, frenzied globalization and the visual/virtual stimulation therein, and folds and unfolds them into another reality to simplify their characteristics and relationships in order to build a new visual experience that is clear and vivid”. Before he settled in Bangalore, Cheeroth lived in many cities, and used his experience as an “outsider” to inform his art. His works are vivid commentaries and observations of cultural structures and identities in society. Often stitching together a collage of jarring imagery, Cheeroth renders his work with neon saturations that bear resemblance more to new media and advertisement, than fine art. While fairly recognisable, the subjects in Cheeroth’s paintings are deformed, distorted, and multi-layered to create overlapping perspectives. “His paintings show influences of both his immediate environment and city life, they are focused on his interest in the physical and psychological aspects of everyday life and human emotions” (Dr. Verena Widorn, ‘Habitus’, Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore, 2010).
This artwork description is an excerpt from Saffron Art’s artist page on Murali Cheeroth.
Born in Thrissur, Kerala, Murali Cheeroth earned a BFA in 1992 and MFA in 1995 from Santinikethan, West Bengal, and an advanced computer diploma in digital media. Cheeroth has held has solo shows in many cities across the country, and participated in over 20 group shows in India. He has also been part of international shows, like Emerging India, which was presented by Art Alive Gallery at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2007. Cheeroth has received many awards, including the State Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1997-98; Kanoria Scholarship for Print Making in 1997; Cultural Scholarship by Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, and New Delhi during 1993-95. .br..br. The artist lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka.
This artist bio has been sourced from Saffron Art’s artist page on Muraali Cheeroth.