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ANUJAN EZHIKODE

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Biography

I was born and raised in Kerala, India. My earliest influences were the elaborate temple arts and colorful folk and religious rituals of my state. My interest in the visual arts led me to enter the theater arts program at the Kerala Kalamandalam (The Kerala State Academy of Arts). There I studied the intricate, built-up (almost sculptural) makeup and costume design for two, centuries old, dance-drama forms unique to Kerala, Kudiyattam (from the 10th century, considered to be the oldest, continuous theater form in the world) and Kathakali (established during the time of Shakespeare). Both art forms, tell stories from Hindu mythology. This rich artistic lineage of sound and color still fuels my art.

In New York, I studied painting, printmaking, and sculpture at the Art Students League where I received the "John Hovannes Memorial Merit Scholarship" and other honors. I have also won, a "Diverse Forms Artists Projects Regional Initiative Grant", a "Project Studio Program Residency at Painting Space 122", an installation for the "Mid-Manhattan library Art in Windows program" and a "Manhattan Graphics Center Fall Printmaking Scholarship".

Recently, I was one of six artists whose work and words were featured in a multi-media presentation for the National Day of Listening at the NYPL, on Fifth Avenue. This material is now archived at the Library of Congress. Recent exhibits include a solo show "Journey Through Broken Bubbles" at the UUFH Gallery in Huntington; featured artist at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition's show "Lineage", where I presented an installation, print and painting project, "Transparent Space"; the Newark Annual Arts Festival's Invitational Artist Exhibition Ironbound Unbound #2 and a site specific installation for the inaugural show at the Prospect St. Fire House Cultural Center as part of Ironbound Unbound #3. I have been exhibiting in the yearly traveling show "IAAC's Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora" and at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition [BWAC] galleries in Red Hook, where I am an exhibiting member.

In the fall of 2014, my work was at Strathmore's invitational gallery in a two person exhibit, Heritage India: Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanti Chandrasekar. Currently, my work can be seen in the touring exhibition IAAC's "Erasing Borders 2015"; in BWAC's 2015 season at their Red Hook, Brooklyn galleries and in "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" at the Smithsonian, Washington, DC. This year and half long exhibition features the first in-depth examination into the history of Indian-Americans in the US.

Other selected exhibition venues include the Queens Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, the Hammond Museum, JCAL, The Guild Art Gallery, the Aicon Gallery, the Twelve Gates Art Gallery, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the galleries at Manhattanville College, Stony Brook University, University of Connecticut, Penn College, St. John's University, the 80 Washington Square East galleries at New York University, the Permanent Mission of India to the UN and the Indian Consulate.

Resume

Invitationals/Solo Shows
2016 BWAC, Grand Installation, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Strathmore, Heritage India: Works by Anujan Ezhikode and Shanthi Chandrasekar, Invitational Gallery, North Bethesda, MD
2014 Smithsonian, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, Washington, DC
2012 Newark Arts Council/Prospect St. Fire House Inaugural, Invitational, Ironbound/Unbound #3, NJ
2011 Newark Arts Council/Sumei Arts, Invitational, Ironbound/Unbound #2, NJ
2010 BWAC, featured artist Transparent Space, Lineage Show, Brooklyn, NY
2010 UUFH, Journey through Broken Bubbles, Huntington, NY
2005 Mid-Manhattan Library, Art in the Windows, NYC
2004 The Classroom at PS 122 Gallery, Residency Project, NYC
Selected Shows
2017 BWAC, Summer Show, Exhibitor & Show Chair, Brooklyn, NY
2017 India Inked!, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, curator Nirmal Raja
2016 5th Avenue Bay Ridge SAW, Brooklyn, NY
2016 BWAC, Wide Open 7, curator Beth Saunders/The Met, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Center for Contemporary Art, Erasing Borders 2016, Bedminster Twp, NJ
2016 18th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC
2015 BWAC, Face to Face, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Hammond Museum, Erasing Borders 2015, North Salem, NY
2015 BWAC, Scapes, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Williamsburg Art Center, Erasing Borders 2015, NY
2015 BWAC, Renew, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Flushing Town Hall, Erasing Borders 2015, NY
2015 17th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine, NYC
2014 Manhattanville College, Berger Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2014, NY
2014 Infusion Gallery, Roots, curator Sarah Campbell, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Crossing Art, Erasing Borders 2014, Flushing, NY
2014 BWAC, Wide Open 5, curator Pauline Pobocha/MoMA, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Queen's Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2014, NY
2014 16th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine, NYC
2013 Manhattanville College Berman Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2013, NY
2013 Alfa Art Gallery, Namaste, New Brunswick, NJ
2013 Hammond Museum, Erasing Borders 2013, North Salem, NY
2013 BWAC, On the Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Flushing Town Hall, Erasing Borders 2013, NY
2013 15th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC
2012 Art6, Erasing Borders 2012, Richmond, VA
2012 BWAC, Coming to Brooklyn 2012, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Queens College, Amulets, Nazars & Evil Eyes, curator Tara Mathison, NY
2012 Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Erasing Borders 2012, NY
2012 GE's 2012 Asian Heritage Month Exhibit, curator Valerie A. Cooper, CT
2012 Crossing Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2012, Queens, NY
2012 14th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Cheim & Read, NYC
2011 Jorgensen Gallery, UConn, Erasing Borders 2011, Storrs, CT
2011 BWAC, Tales of Breukelen, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Aicon Gallery, Erasing Borders 2011, NYC
2011 Wang Center, Stony Brook University, Erasing Borders 2011, NY
2011 Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2011, NY
2011 Watchung Arts Center, India from my Window, curator Bindia Puri, NJ
2011 BWAC, Wide Open 2, curator Nat Trotman/Guggenheim, Brooklyn, NY
2011 13th Annual Postcards from the Edge, CRG Gallery, NYC
2010 The Guild Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2010, NYC
2010 Twelve Gates Art Gallery, Erasing Borders 2010, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Visual Arts Center of NJ, Erasing Borders 2010, Summit, NJ
2010 BWAC, Nailed, Brooklyn, NY
2010 12th Annual Postcards from the Edge, ZieherSmith, NYC
2009 Gallery at Penn College, Erasing Borders 2009, Williamsport, PA
2009 Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2009, NY
2009 BWAC, Art in Changing Perspectives, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Dowd Fine Art Gallery SUNY College at Cortland, Erasing Borders 2009
2009 11th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, NYC
2008 Queens Museum of Art, Erasing Borders 2008, NY
2008 Islip Art Museum, A Passion for Pixels, curator Bruce Deitrich Price, NY
2008 Hammond Museum, Erasing Borders 2008, North Salem, NY
2008 Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Erasing Borders 2008, NY
2008 BWAC, Pier Show 16: Spring Ahead, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Tabla Rasa Gallery, Erasing Borders 2008, Brooklyn, NY
2007 10th Annual Postcards from the Edge, James Cohan Gallery, NYC
2007 Islip Art Museum, Free Play, curator Judith Page, Long Island, NY
2007 440 Gallery, Small Works Show, Brooklyn, NY
2007 BWAC, Pier Show 15: Connections, Brooklyn , NY
2007 JCAL, The Field, curator Heng-Gil, Jamaica, NY
2006 440 Gallery, Small Works Show, Brooklyn, NY
2006 JCAL, Mother Tongue, curator Mary Bernstein, Jamaica, NY
2006 BWAC, Pier Show 14: Transformation, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Consulate General of India New York & IAAC Show, NYC
2005 BWAC, Earth Summer Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
2005 440 Gallery, Small Works Show, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Gallery 402, Drawing Show, NYC
2004 Painting Space 122, Project Studio Artists, NYC
2004 St. John's University, 9th Annual Exhibition, Queens, NY
2004 80 Washington Sq. East Galleries, Small Works Show, NYU
2003 Islip Art Museum, Noah's Ark Show, Long Island, NY
Grants
2006 Printmaking Scholarship, Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC.
2003 "Project Studio Program" at Painting Space 122, NYC. Studio space Oct. 2003 - Sept. 2004.
1992 Recipient of "Diverse Forms Artists' Projects: Regional Initiative" grant.
1985-86 John Hovannes Memorial Merit Scholarship, The Art Students League of New York.
Education
2006 Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC
1983-88 The Art Students League of New York, NYC
1985 Color Print Atelier, New York University, NYC
1982 Kerala State Academy of Arts, Theater Arts, diploma & post-graduate work, India
Selected Bibliography

Diana Rohini LaVigne, "Anujan Ezhikode, Visual Artist", NRI World Magazine, Jul-Sep 2015, Vol 02, Issue 3, http://www.nriachievers.org/magazine/index.html

Priya Chhaya, "Exploring "Dots" with Anujan Ezhikode", Smithsonian, 6/5/2014, smithsonianapa.org/beyondbollywood/2014/06/05/exploring-dots-with-anujan-exhikode/

Mallika Rao, "Finally, Indian-Americans Get the Exposure They Deserve", Huffington Post, 3/14/2014, www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/indian-americans-smithsonian-n-4957696.html

Diksha Basu, "Exploring how Indian Americans helped Shape US", BBC News, 3/12/2014, www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26429592

Aziz Haniffa, "Passage to America", IndiaAbroad, 3/7/2014, A12/60, www.indiaabroad-digital.com/indiaabroad/20140307?pg=12#pg12

Priyanka Mogul, "In Conversation with ---Masum Momaya", The Desi Connection, 3/7/2014, the desiconnection.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/in-conversation-with-masum-momaya-the-woman-behind-the-beyond-bollywood-exhibition/

Arts Initiative, Columbia University, "Erasing Borders" exhibition announcement & photograph, March 2014, artsinitiative-columbia.edu/events/erasing-borders-exhibition-contemporary-indian-art-diaspora

Sam ShivRaj, "Artists from IAAC", India Talks, TWC 57, Queens, NY, 3/22/2013

"Anujan Ezhikode's Story", Smithsonian, Indian American Heritage Project, 2013 apa.si.edu/indianamerican/stories/anujan-ezhikode.html

Diana Rohini LaVigne, "Bringing forth the colors of Kerala in America: Anujan Ezhikode", IndiaWest, 7/2/12, http://www.indiawest.com/blogs/bringing-forth-the colors-of-kerala-in-america-anujan-ezhikode/article_7451b04d-e59a-5bb4-9ef0-a00f97605fea.html

Arlene McKanic, "Queens College Exhibit Explores Evil Eye Mysticism", Times Ledger, 5/19/2012, www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/20/evileyeexhibit-all-2012-05-17-q.html/

Josey Bartlett, "A Modern Twist on the Evil Eye and Nazars" Queens Chronicle, 5/3/2012, www.qchron.com/qboro/stories/a-modern-twist-on-the-evil-eye-nazars/article-a37acde3-68d2-5538-9304-6bf26db882ea.html?NNomobile

Adam Warner, "New Show in Red Hook asks you to get in "line", The Brooklyn Paper, 10/7/2010 33, 41.

Victoria Donohoe, "Diaspora at Twelve Gates", Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/2/2010, W24

Constance Rosenbaum, "A Well Curated Space" slide show, 3 paintings, New York Times, 1/5/2010, www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/01/15/realestate/0117habi-index-9.html

Beth Fertig, "After your Turkey, a Day of Listening", All Things Considered, WNYC, NYC, 11/29/2009, www.wnyc.org/story/87497-after-your-turkey-a-day-of-listening//

S. David, Confluences: The Narratives Show, Skaldic Soul, 2008, p57, (isbn) 978-0-615-25515-6

Lavanya Garikina, "Indian Diaspora Artists Express Indian Identity in the U.S.", NRI Today, April 2008, www.nritoday.net/community-news/402-indian-diaspora-artists-express-indian-identity-in-the-us

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