Anil Thambai

My works are basically an investigation into the idea of what constitutes the idea of architecture in history. I arrived at this series of works as an investigation of our fundamental human behavior to build.  For me architecture is more about the process of how something is built and not just the end resultant. It’s in understanding the process of building something; I realized the importance of human labour. Hailing from a family of masons, the fascination for building something was always what I knew. But while we see the buildings and structures we see the complete absence of the labour. I try to retrieve this collective labour which is erased within the meanings attributed/ appropriated after. For me any architecture is a monument memorializing the forgotten labour which defines our inhabitations. However though hidden it’s in the process of retrieval of those, I rebuild an entirely new architecture recognizing, realizing and marking materially the labour involved in its making. My interest in the interior also stems from the understanding that the exterior always hides the truth. The thick walls the decorated surfaces and effects actually hide the real inside. So my interest has always been in understanding what is inside.It is in this process of building up of little marks on the surface the entire surface and space is defined by the infusion of the ‘presence’ or the ‘beingness’.


Born in 1980

Kerala, India.

Works and Lives in Baroda


Educational qualification

2007- Master degree in Visual Art from Faculty of fine arts Baroda, MS University, Gujarat.

2005 - BVA in painting from College of fine arts Trivandrum, Kerala University.


Group show:

2018-‘Persistence of memory’ in Akara art gallery Mumbai

2018- 59th National exhibition of Art at National Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi, India

2018- Interlude, Knots art space, Faculty of fine arts Gallery Baroda.
2015- Double consciousness' video projected in Samrya International Media Art Fest South Korea
2014- Art for young collectors at Galerie Mirchandani+steinruecke Mumbai India

2014- Spring/ summer show at Linda Matney Gallery Williamsburg, US

2013-'Fluids' watercolor show in site gallery Baroda
2013-'Cultural amnesia and Arbitrary’curated by Phanindra Talukdar in Faculty of fine arts gallery Baroda
2012- Art virtually Real' curated by Georgina Maddox in Art Alive gallery New Delhi
2012-"Ace theti X' organized by celebrate Kerala in Madhavan Nair foundation Cochin 

2011-‘Individual voices’’ at Artville contemporary Bangalore

2011-Art Bangalore UB CITY -presented by artville contemporary Bangalore.

2009- Presented by Bank on art and Fuchsia Tree at India habitat center New Delhi 
2009-From our cabinets to the Museum' in Gallery OED cochin

2008- Emergence’- curated by Niyatee shinde for gallery Viewing Room in Mumbai


 Camp and Residency


2015- Art residency by Harmony foundation in Navi Mumbai

2011- Artist camp organized by CGH earth in Spice village Thekkedy, Kerala.

2010 -Sandarbh- site specific art residency in silvassa, Gujarat.

2009 -National art meet at Jodhpur organized by central lalit kala academy                 

2004-Young artist show & camp by Govt: of India in Jharkhand