Lives and Practices in Baroda
Born and brought up in Andhra, Balaji has completed his bachelor's in Graphics from Visakhapatnam. His father was a commercial signboard painter and it is from his childhood that he started painting. However, when Balaji joined Andhra University for his Bachelors's, he found out the difference in the purpose of the two.
Balaji has been a recipient of many scholarships and awards. He was a gold medallist from Andhra University in Graphics, Merit Award from Vishwa Bharti University, Shanti Niketan, HRD National Scholar Ship for young Artist. He has been a part of multiple solo and group exhibitions and has been exhibiting his Artworks since 2001. His works are in the collection of Shoes or no Shoes Museum, Belgium and SJ Art Museum, South Korea.
To Balaji, paintings are more of an expression of thoughts, memories, events, ideas, beliefs which are conceived by your mind during your regular days. In every series, he tries to narrate a different story. In the current series of works, he talks about the issue of migration particularly the urban journeys people take in hope of better life and possibilities. It also is a comment on contemporary times where hatred and differences are systematically taught and generations are growing with venomous thoughts about purity and pollution. The existential dilemmas impoverished people caught in the no-escape situation of nauseous discomfort. The open lands are actually a dystopic reality of the rural hinterlands left to deplete and turning into barren wastelands. The idea to show this dark side of reality is to initiate a dialogue to mull on what can be done if we all want to get out of this mess. The colorful palette of the series also is to shows the in-summability of those rich hues. The reason for choosing a twilight light and colors is to bring the undecided and in-between nature of their lives.
M. F. A. (Graphics) From Viswa Bharti University Shantiniketan.
B. F. A. (Graphics) From Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. A.P.
2017 “Blues Browns and Greens” At Gallery Art District xiii, New Delhi
2015 “The Mirror has no heart” at Art District xiii, collaboration with The Guild art gallery, in New Delhi
2011 “Looking is not seeing" solo show in The Guild art gallery, Mumbai
2011 “Monuments" a solo project at India Art summit by the guild at gallery Mumbai at New Delhi.
2010 “The things I say, “A solo show at Studio la Citta, Verona, Italy
2009 ‘Black Smoke’, at Bose Pacia & the Guild, Mumbai at Bose pacia-Kolkata.
2007 "UNTITLED"- Osmosis Art gallery, Mumbai
2019 “Mirrored Questions”, a two men show in Art District xiii, New Delhi Exhibition & Participations:
2019 Gallery opening show- SJ ART GALLERY, South Korea
2019 A Group show in Stainless art gallery New Delhi by Vis-a-Vis art foundation.
2019 Group show at Art district xiii. New Delhi
2019 Indian Art Fair with Art District xiii, New Delhi
2019 Vis-a-Vis foundation’s group show at Kochi.
2018 “ KAFA”-Korean art fair. Kintex hall, Gyeonggi province, Seoul. South Korea
2018 “ HYNARU” International art exhibition and symposium. Dangjin, South Korea
2018 “known –Unknown” by Art District xiii at Indian art Fair 2018, New Delhi
2018 “ID-ENTITY” a group show at Gallery Art Pilgrim New Delhi, curated by Pranamita Bargain
2018 “Always room for love” a group show at Art Centrix live gallery, curated by Monica Jain, New Delhi
2018 “When the caged bird sings” a group show at Anant Art gallery, New Delhi
2018 “Mapping Frontiers” at Kalakriti art gallery, curated by Lina Vincent Sunish, Hyderabad
2017 Group show at Amaravati art society, Amaravati
2017 “Forking paths" a curated show at fine arts gallery, Baroda
2017 Installation for Second edition of white field art collective and art chutney Bangalore
2017 Hub-9 group show in Faculty Art Gallery, Baroda
2016 “A New Space” a group show at Nazar art gallery, Vadodara.
2016 “The Bird Project” by v-care at Baroda
2015 A group show at Kalakriti art gallery, Hyderabad.
2015 “Known Sense” a kitsch art group show at faculty of fine arts gallery, Vadodara.
2015 “A4-Art” at Priyarshi art gallery, Vadodara and Mumbai.
2015 “CIMA Award show” at CIMA art gallery, Kolkata
2015 “VAD FEST-2015-Baroda chronicles” an International arts & cultural art festival, Baroda.
2014 Regional art exhibition by Lalit Kala academy. Chennai
2014 “A Group show at ‘Art Steam’-Singapore
2014 A group show in Hyatt Hotel, Indian art consultants LLP, at Raipur
2014 “Feb. show-2014” at abs laxness gallery, Baroda.
2013 Participant, The Fondazione Benetton of Treviso-by Luciano Benetton, Ponzano, Italy
2013 "Fluid" watercolor show at the Site art gallery, Makarpura, Baroda.
2013 “Duality of the image" at fine arts gallery, Baroda
2013 "Hail" a curated show by Madhu Venugopal, at my art gallery and museum of Kerala, Kochi
2013 Indian art summit 2013, by the guild art gallery, New Delhi
2012 Show at Taj ends by The Guild art gallery. Mumbai.
2012 “Roti-kapada& makan " curated by Anubhav nath at ojas gallery New Delhi
2012 “Art Chennai" latitude28 gallery, New Delhi
2011 “Big picture-2" at sumukha art gallery, Bangalore
2011 “Giant elephant-Indian contemporary art. At Gong art space, South Korea
2011 "New Trends in south” at apparao galleries Chennai
2010 “Bangalore hubba!!" apparao galleries, Chennai
2011 "Glocal- des parades" a group show, at Sarjan art gallery, Baroda and Derby shire U.K
2010 "10x10" show at gallery threshold, New Delhi
2010 “Art celebrates 2010 New Delhi commonwealth games 2010, New Delhi
2010 “therefore graphiti" An group show in the guild, and saffron art, at Mumbai & New York
2010 Art Basel, with studio la citta Italy.
2010 Arte fiera Bologna 2010
2010 "Des parades: the challenge of Glocal, Derbyshire, UK
2010 "June show" at 1x1 art gallery, Dubai
2010 Artist of the month- by saffron art, Mumbai
2009 “a group exhibition of paintings, by Navsar, Devi art foundation, New Delhi
2009 “New vanguard" a group conducted by saffron art@ the guild new York at New York.
2009 India art summit 2009, by the guild art gallery, at New Delhi.
2009 India art summit, by Nature morte, New Delhi
2009 Residency Show at the Guild, Mumbai.
2009 Group Show at Nature Morte, New Delhi.
2009 ‘Big picture’ Group Show at Sumukha gallery, Bangalore.
2009 ‘Contemporary Exoticism” curated by Marco Meneguzzo, at Studio La Citta, Verona, ITALY
2009 Basel Art fair, 2009 with studio la Citta, Italy.
2009 Hong Kong Art fair 2009 with The Guild, Mumbai.
2009 Work has been selected for France print biennale, France.
2009 On the paper ‘group show at gallery with difference, Kolkata
2009 Preview at faculty gallery, msu, Baroda
2008 ‘July Show’, the guild gallery Mumbai.
2008 A group show at Tulika arts Gallery, Mumbai.
2007 ‘In the midst’, Group show organized by zamaana arts, at Tehresharan gallery New York.
2007 ‘Chronicles of Unspoken’, group show at Travancore art gallery, New Delhi
2007 ‘Cross Roads’, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, at Kolkata.
2007 Kala Ghoda art festival, by Osmosis art gallery, Mumbai.
2007 Bharat Bhavan 7th international print biennial, Bhopal
2006 “Trans-Local" an group show at faculty exhibition hall, Baroda.
2006 ‘Stepping in Stepping out’, by Art konsult & threshold art gallery at India habitat, New Delhi
2006 "American curry" A print show at Abs Lanxess gallery Baroda by Tennessee university, U.S.A
2006 ‘Modus operandi’, group show, ABS Lanxess gallery Baroda.
2006 ‘Sense N Blend’, Kaleidoscope art gallery, Baroda.
2005 ‘Distilled embers' prints show organized by Alternatives & threshold art gallery, New Delhi.
2005 ‘Are we like this only’, Curated by vidya shivdas, Vadehra Art gallery, New Delhi.
2005 Tokyo mini print biennial, Japan
2003 A group show of prints, at Nandan art gallery, Santi Niketan
2002 'Fusion' prints show at college of fine arts, Chandigarh
2002 An exchange exhibition of prints, at Saga College of art, Japan
2002 All India Exhibition of Drawing, by PKLA, Chandigarh
2002 All India Exhibition of Art, by IAFA, Amritsar
2001 “sojourn" artist camp and show, at Vizag, by threshold art gallery, New Delhi
2001 Telugu university art exhibition, Hyderabad
2001 ARTIST CAMP organized by threshold art gallery New Delhi, at Vizag
2003 National painting camp, organized by Lalit kala academy, at Hyderabad
2005 sojourn - Artist camp, organized by threshold art gallery, at vizag
2012 National print making camp, organized by Lalit kala akademi, New Delhi
2016 Harmony Artist Residency, by Reliance group of companies, Mumbai.
Scholarships and awards:
2015 Qualified in National Eligible Test [NET]
1997-2001 Merit Award [gold medal] from Andhra University,
2001-2003 Telugu university scholarship, Hyderabad
2001 -2003 Merit Award from Vishwa Bharati University, Shanti Niketan
2004-2005 HRD National Scholar Ship for young Artist