Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a contemporary artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion.
He has exhibited at various spaces and contexts including the Art Gallery of South Australia's flagship exhibition, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, The National: New Australian Art at Carriageworks, Sydney and the 2016 Kuandu Biennale, Taipei. In 2016, he completed a major commission and solo exhibition for the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. He was the youngest artist to do so in their history. He has also presented solo exhibitions at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria. In 2018 he presented major installations the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh in collaboration with Artspace, Sydney and for the Encounters section of Art Basel Hong Kong.
His work is held in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank, The Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne University) and the Shepparton Art Museum. He has been the subject of numerous critical texts, featuring extensively in various media and publications. These have included: Artlink, ArtAnd, Australian Art Collector, VAULT, Oyster, SBS Lifestyle, SBS Sexuality, Art Monthly Australasia, Vice, Art Almanac, Cfile Online, ArtAsiaPacific and ABC Radio National.
Nithiyendran has been a steady recipient of prestigious grants and prizes. In 2014, he was awarded the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging) administered through Artspace and Arts NSW. In 2015, he was the winner of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s richest and premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics. He has also received funding from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, The Freedman Foundation, NAVA and The Australia Council of the Arts. He is also an active member of the Australian arts community, having sat on assessment panels for Arts NSW, NAVA and Liverpool City Council.
Nithiyendran teaches broadly within the Fine Arts and Design programs.
Nithiyendran is represented by Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney | Singapore.