Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art  Feb-June 2008

Anujan Ezhikode

Anujan Ezhikode Anujan Ezhikode 

Anujan Ezhikode was born in Kerala and studied at the Kerala Kalamandalam, Kerala State Academy of Arts, a school famous for its classical dance, music and theater programs. He trained in makeup and costume making for two theater arts. One of them Kutiyattam, the world's oldest continuous theater form dating from the 10th century and the other Kathakali, a 17th century dance-drama. After graduation, he joined the school staff and their touring repertory company. With the company, Anujan had the opportunity to be part of many international tours throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.
After moving to the United States, Anujan studied painting and printmaking at the Art Student's League of New York. He was honored by a John Hovannes Memorial Merit Scholarship and was selected to represent his class in several exhibitions. Later on, he received a "Diverse Forms Artists' Projects: Regional Initiative" grant and a "Project Studio Program" residency at Painting Space 122 in New York City. Most recently he completed a Fall Scholarship at the Manhattan Graphics Center.

Working on canvas, paper, and with mixed media installations, Anujan explores personal narratives and authorship. Influenced by his early classical theater experiences, he uses color and the contrast of object and background to create a visual drama in his work.

His work has been exhibited at museums, galleries, universities, and libraries in the New York City Area. Among them, the Islip Art Museum, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Permanent Mission of India to the UN, the Consulate General of India, The Mid-Manhattan Library, the Asian American Arts Center, 440 Gallery, The Classroom at PS 122 Gallery, NYU 80 Washington Square East Galleries, and St. John's University. Anujan is a member of and exhibits with the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.


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