Name : Justin Ponmany
Brief Bio : Born in 1974, Kerala. Justin did his B F A in painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, 1996. His ambition is that of a hacker who breaks into a code that sets up our reality and hence his work is spurred on by any sudden moment of truth when everything around (every façade) collapses and only the threadbare nakedness of the weaving remains.
Selected solo exhibitions include:
Gallery Loop, Hongdae, Seoul, 2008;
‘Whose Keeping Score’, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, 2007;
‘Procreation’, Nature Morte, Milan, 2006;
‘Salt (Plastic Memory- Part II)’, Nature Morte, New Delhi, 2005;
‘Non- biodegradable Memory’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2004.
Select group shows have included:
‘Indian Rainbow’, Luce Gallery, Torino, 2011;
‘Odd Place’, Gallery Artside, Seoul, 2010;
‘Inside India’, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, 2010;
‘All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Indian Contemporary Art in Global Times’, Lakeeren, Mumbai, 2009-10.
Ponmany has received several awards including the Artist of the Future Award, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 2005; 1st runner up at 4-Biennial Bose Pacia Prize for Contemporary Art, 2003; the Western Railway Centenary Prize, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 2000; a Fellowship at Sir J.J.School of Arts, Mumbai, 1997-98; the Karnik Prize at the Annual Exhibition at Sir J.J.School pf Art, Mumbai, 1993.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai.