Nitheen Ramalingam was born in 1996 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from MSU of Baroda and is completing his Master’s Degree in Painting from the same. He has participated in Art Asia 2018, Goyang, South Korea and has been part of Abir’s First Take 2018, L&P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. He currently lives and works in Baroda.
Nitheen’s current work is focused on drawings that are counter narrative to Brahmanical imagery. This comes with the background of a figurative practice. He has been interested in studying human beings and have developed a tendency of working on the same figure over and again. His earlier works were paintings dealing with movement and the idea of painting itself. The images expressed an overall sense of alienation. His practice had been exploring the human condition and the alienation of the self. He wanted to deal with and introspect on the effect of the Brahmanical caste system on himself and his people. He began by confronting images like the Brahmin priest, his own family and friends, because he felt that they were the images that he had the deepest associations of caste with. From this beginning, his practice is now beginning to arrive at images that are Anti-Brahmanical.