RaviKumar Chunchula

RaviKumar Chunchula

artist bio

Ravi Kumar Chunchula was born in 1989, Rayadurg, Andhra Pradesh. He completed his B.F.A, in Painting from S.V.College of Fine Arts, Madhapur, Osmania University in 2010 and M.F.A in Printmaking from S.N. School of Arts and Communication, University Of Hyderabad, 2012. Currently living and working in New Delhi, Ravi has received various awards from a number of institutions including the Young Artist scholarship from Ministry of Culture. His work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions such as “ We”, a shabd, Korean Cultural Centre, Delhi (2016), Inauguration Show, A4A Baithak, Delhi (2016), Annual 2016 by Arts4All, Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi (2016), Yoga Chakra, Ravindra Bhavan, Delhi (2015), Annual 2014, A4A Group show At Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi (2014), “Vision Beyond” Group Show by Hyderabad Young And Emerging Artists at 'Gallery Sara Arakal', Bangalore (2013), Niv Studio’s Open House “Group / Un Group”, Niv studio, Delhi (2013) and many more. Ravi has participated in numerous workshops, residencies and art camps and his works are part of many private collections in India including a specially commissioned work for the Ministry of Culture.

artist statement

My works are an infantile transition into the truth of a fragmented, yet conspicuously designed world of spectacled desires. Through forms of violence and satire I like to indicate the enigmatic character of nature and tension brought about by the theory of capitalism and quest for survival in neo-urban existence.

My narrative style of work also portrays certain historical moments resulting from the power-oriented landscape of urbanization. For me, such narrations get conceived when I identify a floating space of ambiguity from the visible directness of social experience or implicit social cues as well. This subsequent shift of experience into ambiguity incorporates and adjoins the possible narration of psychological stories in my thoughts. The meaningful concerns about social space in relation with power structure both in traditions, and that in capitalist claims opens a sense of nonconformity to one’s aesthetical experience, and that sense of retrospective combined with ‘meaninglessness’ gives me a surface of communication.

My imagery can be inspired from a moment that I encounter early morning, like when I see a person who catches fish from the village river; or it can be a moment of contemplation on a summer evening, when I follow the ancient narrow path towards a hill side temple. Reflective of the man-animal-nature interface and society, my works underline the sources of my aesthetic experiences in opposition to the rationality of history.