Rm. Palaniappan
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Rm. Palaniappan

Rm. Palaniappan

Rm. Palaniappan

b - 1957

Rm. Palaniappan

Born in Devakottai in Tamil Nadu, Rm. Palaniappan often incorporates the syntax of the sciences, such as diagrammatic notations and symbols, in his work.

Palaniappan obtained a diploma in fine arts from Government College of Art and Craft, Madras, in 1980, and took a post diploma in industrial design with specialisation in ceramics the following year.

Primarily a printmaker, Palaniappan started making drawings and acrylic paintings later on. He is also a photographer and has worked with digital and computer imagery. The memory of the first sight of the earth from above, while on a flight, appears frequently in the form of maps, grids, and aerial terrain. Another important trope in his works has been imagery associated with the flying machine, inspired by his fascination with Second World War cinema.

Palaniappan was an advisor to Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, in 1990-92 and 1994-98. In 1992, he visited France on a French government grant, and in 1993 studied advanced lithography at Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, and Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio, both in the U.S., on a Fulbright grant. In 1996, he was an artist-in-residence at Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, U.K., on a grant from the Charles Wallace Trust. In 1997, he was appointed regional secretary, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, and curated its exhibition, ‘Major Trends in Indian Art’, marking the fiftieth anniversary of India’s independence. Palaniappan lives and works in Chennai.

‘As a child, [Palaniappan would] ponder on the infinite heavens within the vastness of space’



dag exhibitions

‘The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012; Mumbai, 2016; alternate locations in Kolkata, 2013; Jaipur, 2017; Chandigarh, 2018

‘Indian Abstracts: An Absence of Form’

DAG, New Delhi, 2014; Mumbai and New York, 2015

‘Madras Modern: Regionalism and Identity’

DAG, New Delhi, 2019

notable collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

archival media