CV and BIO
I synthesize the possibilities across ecology, geology, and science in general. I travel the world to conduct research connecting geological identities, man’s drive for scientific exploration, and humanities connection to The Universe. Where are we going and how will we get there? Conscious and subconscious connections are visualized and expressed through art as a conduit to the interconnected cosmos.
Sri Prabha is a mixed media artist originally from Hyderabad, India. His artistic training includes the Cornish College of the Arts which was later augmented with a Masters in Clinical Psychology.
His research across ecology, geology, and science manifests across a range of mediums that include installations, video, sculptural paintings, and photo based works. Additionally, he integrates into his aesthetic process tenants of geography, nature, time, human origins, and the cosmos. Prabha illuminates new possibilities and reconciles the old and new by synthesizing deeper understandings of our relationship to the natural world. He asks how our intellectual understandings compare with our emotional responses to these discoveries.
Sri just won the 2016 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, was named “Best Visual Artist 2015” and included in “10 Visual Artists You Need to Know”(2016) by Broward Palm Beach New Times. Recent shows include the historic south Florida survey show 100+Degrees in the Shade, an expansive solo installation at Young at Art Museum, and an immersive space outpost install at The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Other exhibits include The Deering Estate, Boca Raton Museum of Art, pop up installations at the Dupont Building, the Ingraham Building, downtown Hollywood, and public art video installations in the streets of Fort Lauderdale.
Sri’s awards include inclusion in The Photo Review Competition Issue (2015), Broward Artists grant, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center artists’ residency. He received the Innovative Artist Award at Fraker Scott Gallery, and the Juror’s Award from Smithsonian Affiliate, Annmarie Sculpture and Arts Center. His videos were shown in Resfest, garnered the Ford Motion in Drive video award, and his title design work was shown on PBS. He teaches photography and mixed media at NSU Museum of Art, and taught at Film Arts Foundation and Expression Center for New Media in San Francisco. His works are in several private collections in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Washington, DC, and Copenhagen.
Sri has lived in numerous places like India, Germany, Denmark, Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston, and now lives in Hollywood, Florida with his Danish wife. The main areas of investigation in the home zone are estuaries, water, and birds. When not home, he spends a considerable amount of time engaging in research across the world looking for the nature of existence with the aid of new technologies. Combining his love of travel, exploration, and science, Sri is constantly pursuing new ways of looking at the world.
Awards and Residencies
2016 South Florida Cultural Consortium Award
10 Visual Artists You Need to Know, Broward Palm Beach New Times
2015 Best Visual Artist, Broward Palm Beach New Times
The Photo Review Competition Issue
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency
2014 Broward CIP Artist Grant Recipient
2012 SESYNC Artist Residency, Annapolis, MD
2011 Innovative Artist Award, Fraker Scott Gallery, Seattle ,WA
2010 Juror’s Award,” Green, Art With the Earth in Mind,” Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD
2009 Honorable Mention, Rockville Arts League, Rockville, MD
2006 Ford Motion in Drive Contest Winner, American Photo
South Florida Cultural Consortium Show, MOCA North Miami, Summer 2017
Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL
Art Fort Lauderdale Fair, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2016 Solo Shows:
Career City, Artist talk and installation at Dillard Elementary,FLL, FL
Artist talk and video installation, Art Salon at Armory Art Center, West Palm ,FL
Hi-Tech/Lo-Tech: An Exploration of the Ever-changing Spectrum of Art and Technology, Young at Art Museum, Davie, FL
2015 Solo Shows
Ganymede’s Shores, & Gallery, Miami,FL
Orbiting Cathedrals , Young at Art Museum, Davie, FL
DIGITAL VITALITY, The Projects, Contemporary Art Space, Ftl, FL
Abracadabra, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
Seventh All-Media Juried Biennial, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
The Night Lands,@ 100+ Degrees in the Shade, A Survey of South Florida Art, Curated by Jane Hart with special assistance provided by Chris Ingalls and Nina Arias., Miami ,FL
2014 Solo Shows:
Outpost, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL.
Noise Reduction Experiment # 3, Artcenter 2020, Hollywood, FL
Noise Reduction Experiment # 2, Ingraham Building, Miami FL
2014 Group Shows:
Planetarium Astrojam, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science,Miami,FL
Haptic Colors, Fat Village Contemporary Art Project Space, FTL, FL
Redeye, Redeye Intervention, Outdoor Video Art Installation Artserve, FTL, FL
Supersaturated, Cosmic Whirl, Outdoor Video Installation, Young at Art Museum, Davie, FL
Video Art in the Streets, Fat Village, FTL, FL
History Miami Installation, (Two person show), Falarara and Prabha Projects. Dupont Building, Miami, FL
Abracadabra, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
6th All-Media Juried Biennial at The Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL Curated by Hunter Braithwaite and Gean Moreno
Abracadabra, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
Speak Now, Deering Estate, Cutler Bay, FL Curated by Ralph Provisero
Annual Silent Auction, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, FTL, FL
Verge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
Tomorrow Stars, Verge Art Fair, NYC,NY
Big Art Miniature Golf, (With Charles Falarara), Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Synthesis, (Two person show), Artisan Lounge, Miami, FL
*Synthesis1.0, (Solo show), National Socio Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD
Miami Independent Thinkers Art Basel Show, Awarehouse, Miami, FL
ICON, Fraker Scott Gallery, Seattle, WA,
Fresh, Sol Gallery, Miami Beach, Fl.
Member’s Only, Sol Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
WET, Cando Arts Co-op Gallery, Miami Beach, Fl. Curated by Diane Camber.
RAL Summer Juried Show, UUCR , Rockville, MD
Green-Art With the Earth in Mind, Annmarie Garden, Solomon, MD
Juried by Dr. Margaret Palmer, Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and Ms. Bryna M. Freyer, Curator of Collections, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Winter, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD
Summer, Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD
Emerging Artists Exhibit, Montgomery College, Pyramid Atlantic Gallery, Silver Spring, MD
Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, CA
San Francisco Open Studios, Hunters Bay Point Shipyard Studios, SF, CA
Marin Art Fair, Marin City Hall Expo Grounds, San Rafael, CA
S.F. Open Studios, Art Explosion Studios, SF,CA
East Bay Open Studios, Sawtooth Building, Berkeley, CA
MELT, Art Explosion Studios, SF, CA
2016 Ten Broward Visual Artists You Need to Know By Andrea Richard Thursday, February 25, 2016
2015 The Photo Review Competition Issue
100 Degrees in the Shade, A Survey of South Florida Art
"100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art" Broward Palm Beach New Times By Andrea Richard http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/arts/punky-curator-jane-hart-resurfaces-with-an-ambitious-all-media-show-7384426
At Young at Art, rooms of one's own, Sri Prabha's installations encourage tranquility through chaos. By Phillip Valys http://www.southflorida.com/theater-and-arts/sf-sri-prabha-davie-young-art-museum-20150127,0,6053467.story
2014 Planetarium AstroJam! at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science http://worldredeye.com/2014/10/planetarium-astrojam-at-patricia-and-phillip-frost-museum-of-science/
The Art World Finds a New Home in Broward County By Andrea Richard
Local Musicians Show Off Visual-Arts Talents in Hollywood Exhibit By Andrea Richard http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2014-09-04/culture/local-musicians-show-off-visual-arts-talents-in-hollywood-exhibit/ Hollywood Artcenter 2020 Art Walk Opening Features Sri Prabha's "Noise Reduction Experiment # 3"
By Liz Tracy, Broward New Times http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/countygrind/2014/03/hollywood_artcenter_2020_sri_prabha_art_walk.php
2012 Critic’s review by Carlos Suarez de Jesus, 2012 Basel Edition,Irreversible Art Magazine
2011 Artist interview by Robert Nevel http://theleadmiamibeach.com/2011/042911/art.html
2010 Artist Review by Margaret Palmer, Phd. Professor of Environmental Science University of Maryland
2005 M.A. Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, San Francisco,CA .
1995 B.A. Studio Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. (Painting, Video Art, and Photography)
1991 Courses in Fine Art at California Institute of the Arts, CAL Arts, Valencia,CA
1992 Courses in Industrial Design, UW, Seattle, WA
1990 to 1991 Courses in Sculpture at ASU, Tempe,AZ
1989 to 1990 Courses in Fine Art at Massachusetts College of the Arts, CAL Arts, Boston, CA
Photo,mixed media,and sculpture instructor,NSU Museum of Art Autonation Academy,FTL,FL 2014-Current
Video Arts Instructor, Film Arts Foundation, SF, CA, 1999-2001
Motion Graphics Instructor, Expression Center for New Media, Emeryville, CA, 1999-2001
Irreversible Art Magazine, December 2012
By Carlos Suarez de Jesus
Sri Prabha’s uncanny work is inspired by an interest in popular science and by an inherent attraction to the ways all things appear to be interconnected. The native of Hyderabad, India, employs scientific iconography and recent discoveries that combine to convey not only the furthest boundaries of the heavens but also interior realms and everything in between. One also immediately notes his bold use of color and the labor-intensive process the artist engages in while creating works that are exquisitely detailed and meticulously crafted. For example in a recent piece titled Coalescing Galaxies, Varanasi, created from epoxy resin and pigment on wood, Prabha covers his composition in a deep field of crimson and upon the pristine surface places a glowing blue orb. It refracts interior patterns of swirling light suggestive of a twinkling celestial sphere or a star cluster. In it the artist also pays tribute to his homeland by naming India’s holy city on the banks of the Ganges in the work’s title. In another work from the series, Coalescing Galaxies, Bahamas, rendered in the deep azure hue of the Caribbean waters, Prabha also places a shimmering orb on its surface but this time it transports viewers to the deepest depths of the ocean. In a cluster of smaller works from the series that appear more to allude to deep space rather than to the earthly bound, Prabha utilizes an almost twilight blue color across his compositions covered by iridescent yellow and orange globes that bring to mind far away galaxies while casting the illusion they are in a process of coalescing and dissolving at the same time.
To achieve his impeccable pieces the artist says he subtly manipulates air currents to wash media over their surfaces with a propane torch and some plain old gravity. Prabha also says he was drawn to utilize Resin in particular because of its malleable qualities and how it allows him to construct his multilayered surfaces. “I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear,” Prabha informs. The artist’s mixed media installations such as Interpreting the Cosmos I and II were inspired by pictures of faraway nebulas captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. But his memories of growing up in India are never far from his thoughts, and the bold colors and vibrant energy of his homeland also remain evident throughout his works. As an adult when he first experienced the paintings of Mark Rothko, they reminded him of the red and orange saris with their linear bands of richly hued stripes typically worn in his country. Experiencing Sri Prabha’s striking, colorful works, insatiable imagination and observing his virtuosity over his media, all combine to transport viewers to both distant and familiar realms through a clarity of vision that is distinctly his own “My works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me,and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorpo-rated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity.”
Excerpt from Broward New Times Article by Liz Tracy:
Prabha's work is inspired by both deep sea exploration and the Hubble Telescope; generally, it looks at how scientific discoveries affect his "place in the world." In his artist statement, he asks, "How does our new intellectual understandings compare with our emotional responses to these discoveries?"
"Noise Reduction Experiment # 3" is an interactive video art installation that, described in detail: "As you walk through the installation, the work reminds you of walking through the cosmos the stars, sea life, and DNA. The images are dynamic and moving. The idea is to remind ourselves that we are a part of humanity, and as a species, to think about the universe." He sees that as a way to dissolve the barriers of race and gender, uniting humanity.
The viewer is also expected to think about themselves, do something, and leave a little behind. "Another component of the piece is to write down something that you find precious, that you will take with you on a journey away from Earth." he explains. "These objects or other species or trees or whatever you find precious that you write down on a tag, will be hung in the video installation piece. Those words then also become part of the video installation. Each time this installation is up somewhere, it grows, based on the interactions of the people who have seen it before." Sort of like an ever expanding universe.
This is the third version of Noise Reduction Experiment, and each time it adjusts to fit the space in which it's installed and the input of the audience. "Sound is a very important component," Prabha explains. "There are elements of the ocean, of nature, of kayaking, as well as sounds retrieved from the spacecraft Voyager as it passed Galileo." The goal is to get you thinking and feeling and meditating on everything.
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