Bose Krishnamachari


Bose Krishnamachariis a globally acclaimed Malayali painter and Artist-Curator. He hails in Mumbai, India. As an artist is has been successful in presenting the spectators with a trigger point of imagery/portraits that can, (along with the creation of painting/installation), function as symbolic devices that articulately reflect about entire culture, thereby shifting mind-sets and, its heterogeneous borrowings.

Bose Krishnamachariwas born in 1963 at Magattukara village near Angamaly, Kerala. His work encompasses vibrant and colorful abstract paintings, figurative drawings, sculpture, photography, multimedia installations and architecture. Since 1985 he lives and works in Mumbai. He is the Founder and President of Kochi Biennale Foundation and Biennale Director of international exhibition of contemporary

Education & Work

He did his early schooling at GHSS Puliyanam. Then, he completed his BFA from Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai in (1991), and then did his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in(2000).

His work is majorly influenced by the conceptual gradient of much modern British art; a result of his tenure at Goldsmith College, London, krishnamachari enables the spectator reconsider the profound association between signifier and signified.

Perhaps, his abstract patterns exemplify a shifting network of cyphers, playful yielding classification and neutralizing the hypothesis of an unusual reality.

Interestingly, Bose pays heed to form as he does to abstract and/or circumstantial concerns. Staggering planes of flat color put adjacent to dexterous, almost photographic, depictions of perceptible persona, imbue the work with a universal sensibility. Bose divulges that he diligently mixes and matches western image-making techniques (the installation) with the vernacular, in an attempt to arrive at an expression that is completely contemporary and brisk.


He conceptualized and organized four major exhibitions, including Kaam, Double-Enders, Bombay Boys and BombayX17.

He also curates shows, like Guest Curator for `Indian Highway`, at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Panorama: India`, ARCOmadrd, Spain; `Relative Space`, Bodhi Art, Bodhi Space, Mumbai; Everything: 12 Artists from India`, Willem Baars Project, Amsterdam; Af-fair`, 1X1 Contemporary and 1X1 Gallery, Dubai; `Everyone Is a Camera`, Talvin Singh, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai; `Spy`, organized by The Guild at Museum Art Gallery, Mumbai; `Soft Spoken`, Presented by Bombay Art Gallery at Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, and `Maarkers`, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, to name a few.

Apart from this, he also actively participated in various group exhibition, including 'Mapmakers: The Evolution of Contemporary Indian Art', Aicon Gallery, New York; The Contemporary Sultanate', presented by Exhibit 320 at One Style Mile, Olive, New Delhi; Census of Sense', Exhibit 320, New Delhi; and 'Beyond Object hood', presented by Gandhara Art Gallery at Nandalal Bose Hall, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, to name a few.

Awards and Accolades

He was a recipient of various prestigious awards, including Kerala Lalita Kala Akademi(1985), British Council travel award (1993), Mid America Arts Alliance Award(1996), Chales Wallace India Trust Award (1999–2000) and  Life Time Fellowship Award- Kerala Lalita Kala Academy and was first runner up for the Bose Pacia Prize for Modern Art, New York, 2001

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