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Anujan Ezhikode
Brooklyn, NY

I was raised in a rural community, in India, where all aspects of daily life were intertwined with religious and folk rituals, which combined music, dance, theater, and visual art. I graduated with a post-graduate diploma in theater arts at the Kerala State Academy of Arts in India. This background of vibrant color, movement, and images distilled in me and still appears as a constant residue in my work.

In the U.S., I received a "Diverse Forms Artists Projects Regional Initiative Grant", a residency at Painting Space 122", an installation for the "Mid-Manhattan library Art in Windows series" and a "Manhattan Graphics Center Fall Printmaking Scholarship". In 2009, I was one of six artists whose work and words were featured in an audio, video, and live presentation for the National Day of Listening at the NYPL on Fifth Avenue. The material is archived at the Library of Congress. In 2010, I had a solo show at the UUFH Gallery in Huntington, NY and I was the featured artist at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalitionís show "Lineage" with an installation, print and painting project. Among the many exhibits I have participated in 2011 were the BWAC show "Wide Open 2" juried by Nathan Trotman, curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Newark Annual Arts Festivalís Invitational Artist Exhibition "IRONBOUND UNBOUND #2".

I have exhibited widely at museums, galleries, universities, and libraries among them the Queens Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, the Hammond Museum, JCAL, the Aicon Gallery, the Twelve Gates Art Gallery in Philadelphia, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and the galleries at University of Connecticut, Penn College, and Stony Brook University. Currently, my work is at the Erasing Borders 2012 show at the Queens Crossing Art gallery.