Chandraguptha Thenuwara


Chandraguptha Thenuwara (b. 1960) is an artist, activist, curator and educator based in Colombo. His wider body of work includes sculpture, painting, drawings, public monuments, lectures, curatorial and collaborative projects, all of which are informed directly by his activism. In 1993, after receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the Moscow State Institute in the USSR, Thenuwara founded the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA), an artist-run school dedicated to fostering Sri Lankan contemporary art. He has presented works extensively in solo and group exhibitions internationally including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Colombo), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), Dhaka Art Summit (Dhaka), Shanghai Zendau Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai), and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Fukuoka). Thenuwara’s work was featured in ‘Cities on the Move’, an exhibition in Vienna organized by visionary curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. In 2022, Thenuwara presented a sculptural installation in ‘Personal Structures’ at the European Cultural Centre, a collateral exhibition of the 59th Biennale de Venezia (Venice).