Bose Krishnamachari is an internationally acclaimed Malayali painter and Artist-Curator based in Mumbai, India. He was born in 1963 at Magattukara village near Angamaly, Kerala. He had done his early schooling at GHSS Puliyanam. He took his BFA from Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai in (1991), and then completed his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in(2000). He was a recipient of the award of the Kerala Lalita Kala Akademi(1985), British Council travel award (1993), Mid America Arts Alliance Award(1996), Chales Wallace India Trust Award (1999–2000), Life Time Fellowship Award- Kerala Lalita Kala Academy and was first runner up for the Bose Pacia Prize for Modern Art, New York, 2001. His work comprises vivid abstract paintings, figurative drawings, sculpture, photography, multimedia installations and architecture. Since 1985 he lives and works in Mumbai. Bose is the founder member and President of Kochi Biennale Foundation and Biennale Director of international exhibition of contemporary art, Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
His paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. He also actively curates exhibitions and projects of fellow artists around India.
Select solo exhibitions
2010 No, 1 × 1 Contemporary, Dubai 2009–10 LaVA, (Laboratory of Visual Arts), a Traveling Installation Project at Gallery BMB, Mumbai 2008–09 To Let – White Ghost, Kashi Art Cafe, Kochi 2008 Ghost, Aicon Gallery, London Bodhi Art, Mumbai 2007 LaVA [Laboratory of Visual Arts, a travelling installation project], Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kochi, Baroda and New Delhi 2006 Ghost/Transmemoir (preview at Kitab Mahal, Mumbai), Aicon Gallery, New York 2005 Exist, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2004 Vanitas Vanitatum, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, later joined a group show in Mumbai 2003 De-Curating Indian Contemporary Artists, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai, Sumukha, Bangalore and Durbar Hall, Kochi 1999 AmUseuM Memoirs, NGMA, Mumbai Field Sakshi, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 1996 Dandy, Lakeeren and YB Chavan Centre, Mumbai 1995 Objects of Attention, inaugural show, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi 1993 AmUseuM, Park Sheraton, Chennai 1992 AmUseuM, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore 1991 Music of the Cubes, British Council Gallery 1990 Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai 1989 Kerala Kalapeethom, Kochi
2008 Af-fair, 1X1 Contemporary and 1X1 Gallery, Dubai 2007 Soft Spoken, NCPA, (organised by Bombay Art Gallery), Mumbai Spy, Museum Art Gallery, (organised by The Guild Art Gallery), Mumbai Everyone is a Camera, Talvin Singh, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai 2006 MaaRKERS, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai 2005 Double-Enders, (curated) Jehangir Art Gallery and The Museum Gallery, Mumbai; Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Durbar Hall, Kochi)
2004 Bombay X 17, (curated) Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi
Bombay Boys, (curated) Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Select group exhibitions
2011 Census of Sense, Exhibit 320, New Delhi Love is a 4 Letter Word, Latitude 28, New Delhi Gallery Sumukha, Chennai Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving Collecting, and Museums in India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2010 Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference, Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre; British Council; Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi A. SYCO, The Viewing Room, Mumbai Beyond Object hood, presented by Gandhara Art Gallery at Nandalal Bose Hall, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai 2009 Vistaar II, presented by Seven Arts Limited at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi In the Mood for Paper, F2 Gallery, Beijing Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London Mutant Beauty, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008 November, 1x1 Contemporary, Al Quoz, Dubai Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi Everywhere is War, curated by Shaheen Merali at Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai Pastiche – exhibition of paintings, Chaithanya Art Gallery, Kochi 2007 INDIA OGGI ARTE, Provincia Di Milano, Spazio Oberdan, Milano, Viale Vittorio Veneto India! Gallerie Helene Lamarque, Paris Summation, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai Strangeness, Anant Art Gallery, Kolkatta India 20, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi Masters curated by Lathamy, Dubai 2006 The Shape that Is, Jendela and Concourse, Esplanade, Singapore, organised with Bodhi Art 2006–08 Harmony Show, Mumbai 2005–06 KAAM, Aicon Gallery, New York and Palo Alto 2005 We Are Like This One, Rabindra Bhavan, organised by Vadehra Art Gallery Paths of Progression, Mumbai, New York, Singapore and New Delhi; organised by Bodhi Art and Saffron Art 2004 Vanitas Vanitatum, curated by Peter Nagy, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai Anticipations, Jehangir Art Gallery and The Museum Gallery, Mumbai 2003 Ideas and Images, NGMA, Bombay Highlights, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai Remembering Bhupen… Homage to late Bhupen Khakkar, Kashi ArtCafe, Fort – Kochi 2002 Tribute to Picasso, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai 2001 Mutations – Rumor City, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tokyo 2000 MA Show, Goldsmiths College, London Exile & Longings, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai Memos of the New Millennium- from Artists of the Moulting World, curated by Abhay Sardesai, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Mumbai Mumbai Metaphor, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 1999 Embarkations, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai 1998 The Presence of the Past – an exhibition of response by Indian artists to The Enduring Images, curated by Girish Sahane, NCPA, Mumbai 1997 Persistence of Memory, curated by Peter Nagy, with Linda Benglis, Lindel Brown and Charles Green 50 Years of Art in Mumbai, NGMA, Mumbai 1996 West Wing Story, Headlands Centre for Visual Arts, Sausalito, San Francisco 1995 Recent Trends in Contemporary Indian Arts, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi Bombay – An Artist's Impression, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1993 Circling the Square, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 1992 Artists against Communalism, JJ School of Art & Shivaji Park, Mumbai (traveled to 15 other cities in India) 1991 Drawings, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
Awards and honours
2009 Guest of Honor at ARCO, Madrid, and curated the India Pavilion First runner up for the Bose Pacia Prize for Modern Art, New York, 2001 2000 Charles Wallace India Trust 1996 Mid-America Arts Alliance Award for Travel and Residency in the US
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