Master of Fine Arts (Research) UNSW, Bachelor of Fine Arts/Arts (Hons 1)
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.