Ramesh Nithiyendran

Associate Lecturer

Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion.

He has exhibited in various situations including the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, the Encounters section for Art Basel Hong Kong, The 2016 Kuandu Biennale, The 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, The Indian Ceramics Triennale and The National: New Australian Art 2017. He has presented solo exhibitions at various venues including the National Gallery of Australia, The Ian Potter Museum of Art. In 2014, Nithiyendran was awarded the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging) administered through Artspace and Arts NSW. In 2015, he was the winner of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s richest and premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics. Recently, in 2019 he was awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. This was a tax free grant of $160,000 to recognise his outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage.

He is regularly featured as one of the leading practitioners of his generation, being promoted to the public in a diverse range of print, online and television media related to art, culture and fashion. These have included: ArtAsiaPacific (Hong Kong), The Art Newspaper (London), Asian Art Newspaper (London) ABC Arts Makers, Junkee, 10Men, SBS Sexuality, SMH, SBS Lifestyle, Artsy, Al-Jazeera, Australian Art Collector Magazine, GQ and Broadsheet. His work is held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Artbank, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum.  Nithiyendran is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney + Singapore.

www.ramesh-nithiyendran.com

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publications

Creative Works (non-textual)
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Nithiyendran R, 2021, Double Sided Avatar with Blue Figure, N/A. Public artwork, HOTA, Gold Coast, 14 February 2021 - 14 February 2031
2021
Nithiyendran R, 2020, Avatar Towers, Avatar Towers, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, 07 November 2020 - 28 February 2020, medium: Mixed media sculptural installation, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archie-plus/
2020
Nithiyendran R, 2020, Majestic Figures, The Sculpture Park, Edition 3, Madhavendra Palace, Jaipur, India, 06 September 2020 - 06 September 2021, medium: Mixed media installation, at: https://www.thesculpturepark.in/
2020
Nithiyendran R, 2020, Polymorphous Figures, Polymorphous Figures, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 23 April 2020 - 23 May 2020, medium: Multiple sculptural works. Ceramic media, at: https://www.sullivanstrumpf.com/artists/ramesh-mario/exhibitions/ramesh-mario-nithiyendran/works
2020
Nithiyendran R, 2020, Self Portrait with Outstretched Arms, The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, touring to Cairns Art Gallery, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery and Penrith Regional Gallery., 26 September 2020 - 10 December 2021, medium: Synthetic polymer paint and oil on linen 198.5 x 152.5 cm., at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2020/
2020
Nithiyendran R, 2019, Creator, Creator, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 30 March 2019 - 12 May 2019, medium: Mixed media installation, at: http://www.casulapowerhouse.com/whats-on/exhibitions2/2019-exhibitions/ramesh-mario-nithiyendran
2019
Nithiyendran R, 2019, Multi-Limbed Self-Portrait (After Ceramic Figures) & Transforming Into a Multi-Limbed Deity., The Archibald Prize, The Sulman Prize, The Art Gallery of New South Wales. Touring to: TarraWarra Museum of Art, Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Bank Art Museum Moree, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, 11 May 2019 - 15 September 2020, medium: synthetic polymer paint and oil on canvas, at: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/prizes/archibald/2019/
2019
Nithiyendran R, 2019, Bronze Deities, The Ramsay Prize, The Art Gallery of South Australia, 25 May 2019 - 25 September 2019, medium: Mixed media installation, at: https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/ramsay-art-prize/
2019
Nithiyendran R, 2019, Trio of Drawings, Continental Shift: Contemporary Art and South Asia, Bunjil Place, Narre Warren, 22 June 2019 - 22 September 2019, medium: Oil on Paper, at: https://www.bunjilplace.com.au/continental-shift-contemporary-art-and-south-asia
2019
Nithiyendran R, 2019, False Gods, False Gods, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 25 October 2019 - 16 November 2019, medium: Mixed media installation, at: https://www.sullivanstrumpf.com/artists/ramesh-mario/exhibitions/false-gods/works
2019
Nithiyendran R, 2019, Snake Charmer I, Snake Charmer II and Pointy Blue Head, Spectrosynthesis II—Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, 23 November 2019 - 01 March 2020, medium: earthenware, glaze, lustre, wooden and plastic beads and rubber snakes., at: https://en.bacc.or.th/event/2452.html
2019
Nithiyendran R, 2018, Celebratory Heads, We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another), Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW., 11 August 2018 - 12 September 2018, medium: earthenware, glaze, lustre, MDF, bronze, rubber snakes., at: http://c-a-c.com.au/we-are-all-connected-to-campbelltown-one-way-or-another/
2018
Nithiyendran R, 2018, Self Portrait Plates, Breaking Ground: The Indian Ceramics Triennale, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India., 31 August 2018 - 18 November 2018, medium: Installation, earthenware and glaze., at: https://indianceramicstriennale.com/about/
2018
Nithiyendran R, 2018, R@MESH: Volume II, R@MESH: Volume II, Sullivan + Strumpf, Singapore, 17 November 2018 - 18 December 2018, medium: Mixed Media Installation, earthenware, glaze, lustre, porcelain, wooden beads, hemp and soft sculpture., at: https://www.sullivanstrumpf.com/artists/ramesh-mario/exhibitions/ramesh-mario-nithiyendran-2/works
2018
Nithiyendran RM, 2018, Idols, The 2018 Dhaka Art Summit & The Encounters Sector, Art Basel Hong Kong., The Shilpakala Cultural Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh and The Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre., 02 February 2018 - 09 February 2018, medium: Installation, mixed media monumental works comprised of earthenware, glaze, Indian human hair, resin, steel, raw clay, textiles, bronze, polystyrene and enamel. Works rage from 5 - 8m tall., at: https://www.samdani.com.bd/idols-2016-2018
2018
Nithiyendran RM, 2017, The Cave, The National: New Australian Art, The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney, 30 March 2017 - 18 June 2017, medium: Mixed media installation, at: http://the-national.com.au/artists/ramesh-mario-nithiyendran/elephant-man/
2017
Nithiyendran RM, 2017, 'Head' and 'Self Portrait on Green Mound', Mad Love, ARNDT Art Agency, Berlin, ARNDT Art Agency, Berlin, Germany., 06 June 2017 - 29 September 2017, medium: Mixed Media, at: http://arndtartagency.com/mad-love-2017
2017
Nithiyendran RM, 2017, R@MESH, Solo Exhibition, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, R@MESH, Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 21 October 2017 - 11 November 2017, medium: Mixed Media Installation, at: https://www.sullivanstrumpf.com/artists/ramesh-mario/exhibitions/ramesh-mario-nithiyendran/works
2017
Nithiyendran RM, 2017, Self Portrait Three Ways, The University of Queensland National Self Portrait Prize: Looking at Me, Looking at You, The University of Queensland Art Museum, 11 November 2017 - 18 February 2018, medium: Mixed Media, at: https://www.artmuseum.uq.edu.au/content/national-self%E2%80%93portrait-prize-2017
2017
Nithiyendran RM, 2016, Installation, The 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, The 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, The Art Gallery of South Australia and the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, 27 February 2016 - 15 May 2017, medium: Mixed media installation, at: http://adelaidebiennial.com.au/2016/
2016
Nithiyendran RM, 2016, Mud Men, Mud Men (Solo Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia), National Gallery of Australia, 26 July 2016 - 26 February 2017, medium: Installation, five mixed media sculptures comprised of: earthenware, glaze, gold lustre, platinum lustre, enamel, porcelain, polystyrene, twine, Indian human hair, shells, resin dental teeth; Gyprock, rendered concrete, rubber snakes, rubber hose, tennis ball, shells., at: https://nga.gov.au/installations/ramesh/default.cfm
2016
Nithiyendran RM, 2016, The Archipelago of Ramesh, The 2016 Kuandu Biennale: Slaying Monsters, The 2016 Kuandu Biennale: Slaying Monsters, The Kuandu National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, 30 September 2016 - 11 December 2017, medium: Mixed media installation, at: http://asialink.unimelb.edu.au/arts/commissions-and-projects/past-exhibitions/exhibitions/2016-kuandu-biennale
2016
Nithiyendran RM, 2016, In The Beginning, Solo Exhibition, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne., In the Beginning, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University., 22 November 2016 - 26 February 2017, medium: Mixed Media Installation, at: http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/fromyear/2007/toyear/2018/exhib-date/2016-11-22/exhib/ramesh-mario-nithiyendran-in-the-beginning
2016
Nithiyendran RM, 2015, Archipelago, The Shepparton Art Museum, 'Archipelago' for The Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, The Shepparton Art Museum, 24 August 2015 - 22 November 2015, medium: Mixed media installation, at: http://www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au/smfacaa
2015
Nithiyendran RM, 2014, Elephant Island, The 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), The 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), Artspace, Sydney, 24 October 2014 - 13 December 2014, medium: Mixed Media Installation, at: https://www.artspace.org.au/program/exhibitions/2014/2014-nsw-visual-arts-fellowship-emerging/
2014
Nithiyendran RM, 2014, One Hung Bitch: Volume II, Solo Exhibition, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, One Hung Bitch: Volume II, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 05 December 2014 - 14 February 2015, at: http://www.ccas.com.au/exhibitions/one-hung-bitch-volume-ii-0
2014