K S Radhakrishnan (b 1956)
Born in 1956,K.S.Radhakrishnan received his training in Art at Viswa Bharati University,Santiniketan. At Santiniketan,he received his BFA & MFA Degrees & studied under Ramkinkar Baij,one of the first Moderns & pioneers of Indian Art & Sculpture & Sarbari Roy Choudhury. His sculptural talents were acknowledged at a very young age, when he was awarded with the National Scholarship offered by Government of India in 1978. Primarily working in bronze,the two major themes or motifs in his works are the male and female figures Maiya and Musui, which represent the anima-animus, the primary anthropomorphic archetypes. These sculptures range from small, intimate ones to those with lofty dimensions. These works are his meditations on migration, history, nostalgia and memory, which have a direct engagement with the public sphere. He renders a sensuous quality to his works by deploying extraordinary body movements in his bronze figures. He has had several solo shows including at National Gallery of Modern Art (Bengaluru), Centre des Bonds de Marne, LePerreux–Brysur-Marne (France), Lalit Kala Akademi(New Delhi) and Birla Academy of Art and Culture (Kolkata), amongst others. Among the numerous group shows in which his works have been exhibited are the National Exhibition at New Delhi (1980); Triennale India (1990); Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine at Nouveau Forum des Halles, Paris (1995); Hippodrome d’elongchamp, Paris (1996); Espace Michel Simon-Noisy le grand, France (1996); Beijing Biennale (2012). He has also installed open air sculptures across the country and abroad, including at the TMI foundation, Cotignac, France amongst others.