Born in Mysore (Karnataka) in 1941.
S.G.Vasudev received recognition as a painter early in his career. He was a student of the Government College of Art, Madras. Vasudev is a founder-member of the Cholamandal Artists’s Village on the outskirts of Madras (now Chennai), where he lived and worked till 1988.
Vasudev works in various mediums (drawings, paintings, reliefs in copper and tapestries). He became well-known for his “Vriksha” (Tree of Life) series, which evolved over nearly a decade, turning into the Tree of Life and Death in the latter half of the 1980s. He also explored the theme of “Maithuna” (Act of Love) through a series of drawings, paintings and copper reliefs. Eventually his tree grew into faces in paintings titled “Humanscapes” and “Earthscapes”. The tree was also visible in his last series, titled “Theatre of Life,” and continues to make an appearance in more recent work.
His works are represented in many individual, institutional and corporate collections in India and overseas. Apart from this, he has executed a number of murals using different materials.
Vasudev lives and works in Bangalore.
|Vasudev is participated in several important group exhibitions in India and abroad (including the Triennale India, the Paris Biennale, the Havana Biennale, India’s National Gallery of Modern Art show in Washington, the Festival of India in Tokyo and “The New South – Contemporary Painting & Sculpture from South India” in London). In addition, he has held solo exhibitions in different parts of India and the world (including Canada, the USA and Germany). Exhibitions of his drawings based on the late A.K Ramanujan’s poetry and translations, titled “Tribute to Ramanujan”, have been held in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, London and Chicago.|
- A National Scholarship by the Government of India in 1964
- A National Award from the All India Lalit Kala Akademi in 1967
- He has also been art director for two award – winning Kannada films
- He has won recognition for his work in the form of several prestigious awards, including those instituted by India’s National Academy of Art, the State Academies of Art in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and the Government of Karnataka.