Sunaparanta: Goa Centre for the Arts recently hosted the preview of `Ordinary Superheroes: Tales from the AniMan Kingdom', a solo show by Goa-based artist Viraj Naik. Curated by Leandre D’Souza, the show will be open to public till 16th September ’19.
Ordinary Superheroes is a collection of over 95 ink drawings, etchings and sculptures of hybridized subjects, part of Naik’s long-term study of the physiognomy and behaviour of human beings. The exhibition features an evolutionary archive of the human portrait, illustrated as mutilations – where men are disfigured into beasts, monsters and grotesque creatures.
Viraj Naik received his Bachelor’s Degree from Goa College of Art in 1998 and Master’s Degree from the University of Hyderabad in 2000. His works have been shown widely across the world. His exhibitions include OUTOTSU at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art (2018); 11th Biennale de la Gravure de Liège, La Boverie, Liège, Belgium (2017); 13th International Graphic Art Biennial, Serbia (2017); Seize On, Apparao Galleries, Chennai (2010); Mythical Menagerie, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong (2008); Speaking of Otherness, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai (2007); Blue Ants, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi (2006).