M. Suriyamoorthy (b. 1944)
After graduating from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, 1963, Suriyamoorthy M went on to become a scholar in State Lalit Kala Akademi, Tamil Nadu in 1963-65,
and a National Scholar at MS University, Baroda, 1965-68.
Suriyamoorthy has evolved his own unique style. He created his own colors after
his Siddha practitioner father’s death, from the medicines that were in disuse. He
mixed various ingredients to achieve different colors – ground sea shells for white,
natural gum from trees and collected waters from the major rivers of India. This
formula that he evolved over many years of experimentation would help his works
retain their painterly qualities, color and brightness, for more than half a century.
He works in various mediums like acrylic, oil, pastel, ink on paper and canvas.
Suriyamoorthy’s exhibitions include International Art Exhibition, Romania 1998;
International Biennale, Bulgaria: Drawing, Printing & Graphics, 1995 & 1997;
International Association of Art, under the sponsorship of UNESCO, New Zealand,
1990; 3rd Biennale International Pastel Exhibition, France, 1992; Biennale Van De
Kleingratiek, 1993 and Sinj – Niklas, 1993 – 1994.
Over the years, his many awards have included the First Indian Drawing Biennale,
Chandigarh, Major Art Trends in India, National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi,
New Delhi and the prestigious Award from International Biograhical Centre,
Cambrigde.

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