Binod Pradhan

Binod’s landscapes are bold in their impact due to the energetic sweeps of colours. Eco-friendly Newar architecture and pagoda temples are recurrent images in the cityscape of ancient town. Brick-paved floors, dim-red walls, slanting roofs and maroon sky in the dusk create the aesthetic sense. As such landscapes are vanishing, his works suggest a sort of nostalgia. On the other hand, giving space to the sacred cultural monuments in his canvas, Binod aestheticizes them, and doing so he attempts to preserve and immortalize the gifts of antiquity.

Binod’s landscapes are bold in their impact due to the energetic sweeps of colours. Eco-friendly Newar architecture and pagoda temples are recurrent images in the cityscape of ancient town. Brick-paved floors, dim-red walls, slanting roofs and maroon sky in the dusk create the aesthetic sense. As such landscapes are vanishing, his works suggest a sort of nostalgia. On the other hand, giving space to the sacred cultural monuments in his canvas, Binod aestheticizes them, and doing so he attempts to preserve and immortalize the gifts of antiquity.

In some of his works, he paints beyond landscape, that is, his subconscious reaction to the immediate landscape supersedes his actual visual sensation. Occasionally, his paintings depict the moment of monsoon season, dark and speedy movement of winds. He recreates a bright magnificent dreamscape of that moment through flashlight colours.

His paintings represent individual figures who attempt to assimilate oneself with divinity through meditation. The artist uses the surrealist form to depict this theme. The surrounding is huddled with religious shrines both Hindu and Buddhist. The coexistence of stupas and temples in the same canvas suggests the religious harmony in Nepali society. The background is dissolving with the meditating figures in various gestures and postures. The outlines of background and foreground have been blurred because of the rhythmic colours, lines and flowing abstract images. The closed eyes and the introspective expression of the human figures suggest their meditative mood. The meditating figures seem as if they are pulling the entire external world within their consciousness. This is the depiction of the assimilation of the individual self and the external world.

Since the images of Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas seem to be moving toward the meditating figure, the compositions suggest the religious tolerance. The meditating figure finds the same essence in both religions. The images of stupas and temples, and the themes of meditation and religious harmony are also the contents of traditional paintings.The artist reformulates these contents using modern forms like surrealism and abstractionism. The compositions, at the same time, are connected to the Nepali tradition and the modern form creating inter-textual relationship.

Despite the selection of bright colours and juxtaposition of contrastive hues, the overall composition appears comfortable and aesthetic. To renew the viewer’s perception, the artist uses unusual and altered colours. The sudden division of the canvas vertically and sometimes horizontally startles the viewers. Perhaps it suggests the distance and lack of communication between the self and the world. But the artist reconnects them using rhythmic lines and colours indicating the possibility of communication.

Some of his works depict the distance in external appearance and inner reality. The human characters put the mask of pretension while something else is going on within themselves. The world recognizes the manifest aspect of the person whereas real life is invisible. Binod reveals the inner faces of serene and melancholic characters. Some calm and cool human faces resemble to that of the Buddha. On the other hand, the artist seems to suggest that the face exposes inner motives, emotions and attitudes of the entire character.

As a sensitive artist, Binod is affected by the dwindling environment and global warming. Being anxious due to such situation, as a response, he creates some eco-paintings which appeal to preserve the environment and ecosystem. He also experiments with the real things of the worlds by making the collage of the leaves on the canvas. Furthermore, he paints over and around the leaves. As a result, the surface of the painted leaf emerges as fine texture. He attempts to deconstruct the binary oppositions about art and reality, for he integrates real things in an art work.

 

Born 1973, Yangal Tole, Kathmandu, Nepal

Son of Sri Hari Bahadur Pradhan & Srimati Ganga Devi Pradhan

 

Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts,

Fine Arts Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2005 : “The Solitude of colour” at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2005 : “Artist from Nepal” at Seoul, South Korea

2007 : “Inner Faces” at The Art Shop, Kathmandu, Nepal

2008 : “The Collection Show” at Imago-Dei Café Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2009 : “Sacred Spaces” at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2012 : “Collision” at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

2014 : “Quest for the Temple City” at Siddhartha Art Gallery. Kathmandu, Nepal

2015 : “Mountain Mystique” at City Museum, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Group Exhibitions:

1992 : T.U Day Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Campus

1992 : Human Happiness Art Exhibition, Srijana Art Gallery

1992 : Group Art Exhibition at Goethe Institute

1994 : Group 37-Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council

1994 : Vision 51- Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Campus

1996 : 26th National Art Exhibition, NAFA

1997 : 27th National Art Exhibition, NAFA

1997 : Inter Club Art Competition, GMSAP

1998 : 28th National Art Exhibition, NAFA

1999 : RangalalBangdelSmriti Art Exhibition, Nepal Art Council

1999 : 29th National Art Exhibition, NAFA

1999 : Four Men Show at Siddhartha Art Gallery

2000 : 30th National Art Exhibition, NAFA

2000 : Painting on Poetic Expression, BhanchaGhar

2000 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Siddhartha Art Gallery

2001 : 31st National Art Exhibition, NAFA

2001 : Kasthamandap Group Show at J Art Gallery

2002 : Two Men Show, Park Art Gallery

2002 : “Children without Art” organized by Jasutara Art Foundation at NAFA

2002 : Four Men Show at Srijana Contemporary Art Gallery

2003 : Charikot Art Camp Exhibition at NAFA

2003 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Lazimpat Gallery Cafe

2004 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Gallery Moksh

2004 : Kasthamandap Group Show at Buddha Gallery

2005 : Anniversary Art Exhibition at Buddha Gallery

2006 : “Wearable Art Show” KiranBhawan& Garden of Dreams, Nepal

2006 : KhullaDhoka, Siddhartha Art Gallery

2006 : Loktantra, Exhibition at NAFA

2006 : Kasthamandap Group Show, The Art Shop, Durbar Marg

2006 : Kasthamandap Group Show, GTZ Office, Sanepa

2007 : “Sangaalo” Group Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

2007 : “International Artist Day” Art Workshop ,Kasthamandap Art Studio,Lalitpur

2007 : “Amalgam” Exhibition organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2008 : “Bagmati on Canvas” Group Exhibition by of Bagmati at NAFA

2008 : “World Festival 2008” Group Exhibition by World Arts Forum

2008 : Group Exhibition by Sutra, Nepal Art Council , Kathmandu

2009 : Sambahak “Brihta Nepali Kala Pradarshani-2065”, Butwal , Nepal

2009 : 15 thKasthamnadap Art Studio, Anniversary show, Siddhartha Art Gallery

2009 : International Women’s Day, Group Exhibition, Hotel de’l Annapurna, Kathmandu

2009 : “Creative Eyes” Group Exhibition, Tilganga Eye Hospital, Tilganga, Kathmandu

2010 : IACC, National Level Paintings Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2010 : Samrisharan, The Art Shop, Kathmandu

2010 : Grand an Art Exhibition, Organized by Rotary Club of Chandhagiri, Sirjana Contemporary Art

Gallery, Kathmandu

2011 : National Art & Craft Exhibition, Competition by NAFA, SitaBhawan, Naxal, Kathmandu

2011 : “Shree Ganesh” Group Exhibiton by SCC, Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal, Kathmandu

2012 : …from portrait to self-portrait…. (The Nepal Album) Group Exhibition by KCAC, Patan Museum,

Kathmandu

2012 : “Under the Bodhi Tree” Group Exhibition by WWF-Nepal at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

2013 : “Autumn” Kasthamandap Art Group Show by Nepal art Council at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2014 : “Rang Dune Pratisara” Painting on Poem at NAFA, Kathmandu.

2014 : Centenary Nepal’s Poet ShiddhiCharanShrestha, Paintings on Poem Exhibition by ShiddhiCharan

Foundation at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2014 : ‘Artists Unite, Call for Action in Support of Flood Relief’ A Collective Art Exhibition at Siddhartha Art

Gallery. Baber Mahal, Kathmandu

2015 : National Art Exhibition at NAFA, Kathmandu

2016 : National Art Exhibition at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2016 : International Workshop on Art for Nature, Art Symposium on Panchase, Nepal Art Council,

Babarmahal

2016 : 1stInternational WatercolorExhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babarmahalby International Watercolor

Society- Nepal Chapter

2016 : Second International Symposium Exhibition on Art for Nature, Art on Langtang, Nepal Art Council,

Babarmahal

2017 : Himalayan Art Camp, International Group Exhibition, Pokhara Art Gallery, Mahendrapul, Pokhara

2017 : Himalayan Art Camp, International Group Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu

2017 : Himalayan Art Festival, Group Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar mahal, Kathmandu by
E-Arts Nepal

2018 : National Art Exhibition at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu

2018 : Himalayan Art Festival, Group Exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar mahal, Kathmandu by
E-Arts Nepal

2019 : Amalgam Group exhibition, Siddartha Art gallery, Babar mahal, Kathmandu

2019 : Himalayan Art Festival, Group exhibition, Nepal Art Council, Babar mahal, Kathmandu by
E-Arts Nepal

2019 : Two men Show, “Fading”, Tara Art Gallery, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal

2019 : Lumbini Art Exhibition, Lumbini, Nepal

2020 : Nepali Art in Lockdown-2020, online Exhibition, E-Arts Nepal, Nepal

2020 : Tangential Stress-2020, Nepal’s first 360 virtual contemporary art online exhibition by MONA, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Participated Group Art Exhibitions in abroad :

2002 : Art Exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Kolkota, India

2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Den Blank, Belgium

2005 : Nepal Art Show, Nogaya, Japan

2005 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Galerie de Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2005 : “Reflection of Reality” Kasthamandap Group Show, India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India

2005-06 : Art Exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Kolkota, India

2006 : Kasthamandap Group Show, Chautara Gallery, Holland

2007 : Art Exhibition organised by Camlin Art Foundation, Patna, India

2007 : “Reflection of Reality” Kasthamandap Group Show, SomArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2007 : Open Art Studio-2007, Palo Alto Studio, Palo Alto, California, USA

2007 : “Reflection of Reality” Kasthamandap Group Show, Gallerie 25, San Francisco, USA

2007 : “Peace of Mind” Exhibition with Sri Lankan Artists, Gandhara Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2008 : “Nepal Art Show” Group Exhibition, Seoul, Korea

2008 : ” 3rd Nepali Contemporary Art Festival” Alpha Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2008 : “PeinteresNepalais”, Den Blank, Belgium

2008 : Himalayas of Nepal, Alpha Gallery, Seoul &Honggang Gallery, Ulsan, South Korea

2008 : “Breaking Boundries” Exhibition with VAST Artists, Druk Hotel, Thimpu, Bhutan

2009 : Nepali Art Show, Holland

2009 : “Hanmony” Group Exhibition by Reflection Art Gallery, Indore, India

2009 : “Colours& Impressions” Group Show, SAARC Women’s Association, Radisson Hotel, Dhaka,

Bangladesh

2010 : Fairfax Eco Fest Painting Exhibition, San Francisco, USA

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, L’Epicea Galleria, Briancon, France

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, Chautara Gallery, Almere, Netherlands

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, Berlin, German

2012 : Nepali Contemporary Art Show, E-Funktion, Cologne, German

2012 : Arts of Nepal, The Art Centre, Chicago, USA

2014 : Emerging Souls, International Art Exhibition, Mandala Fine Art Studio Gallery, Singapore

2015 : 3rd Tone International Miniature Art Exhibition 2015 Organized by Tone Art Society of Bangladesh

2016 : Art Mart International, Khajuraho – 2016 Organized by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, India

2016 : “IN DER HAUT DER SCHLANGE” “In the skin of the snake” Marienkirche at Lippstadt, Germany.

2016 : SAFARNAMA “Diary of an Artist” International Group Exhibition, Asian Art Platform, Singapore

2016 : Solo International Art Camp, Exhibition, Taman Budaya Surakarta, Solo city, Central Java,

Indonesia

2016 : Pop-Up Art 4 EenGoedeDoel, Soul Essentials, Brandersmolenstraat 23, 1333 BX Almere-Buiten,

Flevoland, Netherlands

2017 : International Artswitch-2017, Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2017 : Shanghai International Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition and Workshop, Hongqiao

Contemporary Art Gallery in Shanghai, China

2018 : 2nd Andaman International Art Workshop & Art Exhibition-2018, Andaman Art Museum, Andaman

Culture Center Learning, Krabi Province, Thailand

2018 : 5th KMUTNB International Art & Design Workshop-2018, The Buffalo Resort, Amphawa, Thailand

2019 : 4th Hanoi Art Connecting – 2019, Exhibition at Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University by Asia Art Link, Hanoi, Vietnam

2020 : Stay Hopeful International Art Online Exhibition, Thailand

 

Workshops:

1999 : Work Shop “SirjanaShibir” By LDGDCSKM

2000 : PrashantaSmriti workshop, NAFA

2001 : Workshop organized by Artist’s Society of Nepal

2002 : “Kala Karyashala” organized by Lalit Kala Sangam, Biratnagar

2002-03: “Kala Upaban” workshop & exhibition organized by NAFA

2003 : Charikot Art Camp organized by NAFA

2004 : Poetric Expressions at Godawari

2004 : Meditation Art workshop at OshoTapoban

2004 : Numafung Art workshop

2006 : KhullaDhoka Art workshop at Siddhartha Art Gallery

2006 : Loktantrik Workshop at Gonganbu

2006 : “Inspired Expression” Art workshop to the late artist RN Joshi tribute by Park Gallery

2006 : Arts and Treks, Annapurna Round Circuit

2006 : “Inspired The Garden of Dreams” Art workshop at The Garden of Dreams by Siddhartha Art Gallery

2007 : “ItihansakoBakiPristha” Art Workshop & Exhibition, SARBANAM, Narayangadh

2007 : “Peace of Mind” Art Workshop with Sri Lankan Artists, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

2007 : “International Artist Day” Art Workshop by Kasthamandap Art Studio

2008 : “Bagmati on Canvas” Art Workshop by Friends of Bagmati

2008 : “For Flood Victims” Art Workshop By Gurukul

2008 : “Breaking Boundaries” Exhibition with VAST Artists, Thimpu, Bhutan

2009 : “Creative Eyes” Art Workshop by Tilganga Eye Hospital

2010 : “Big Draw” Drawing Workshop by Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre, Nepal

2010 : “YOGDAN” An art Workshop, Exhibition & Fundraise by Fusion Studio, Kathmandu

2010 : “ThamelMahatsav” Painting Workshop & Exhibition, Mithila Yen gallery, Thamel, Kathmandu

2010 : Artistic happening – painting and poetry at Norwegian Ambassador’s Residency, Kathmandu

2011 : “Bagalima Kala Sanjha” Live Painting on the stage with Sukarma Band by L’ Art en Poche, Belgium

at Russian Cultural Center, Kathmandu

2011 : Live Painting on Stage with Rudra Band, Art workshop by Green Tara Trust & Green Tara Nepal

2012 : “Under the Bodhi Tree” Lumbini Art Workshop by WWF-Nepal

2014 : Painting on Drama, Nepal NachGhar, Jamal, Kathmandu

2015 : “Environment Day” Fund Rise Workshop at Centre Zoo, Jawalakhel, Kathmandu

2015 : Water Colour Workshop at Centre Zoo, Jawalakhel, Kathmandu

2015 : “ Eye Care For All” World Sight Day at Nepal Eye Hospital, Tripureshwor, Nepal

2016 : Art Mart International, Khajuraho – 2016 Organized by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, India

2016 : International Workshop on Art for Nature, Art Symposium on Panchase, Pokhara by  Relief Fund for

Wildlife Victims (RFWV)

2016 : Solo International Art Camp, Cetho Temple, Solo city, Indonesia

2016 : 2ndInternational Symposium on Art for Nature, Langtang National Park, Rasuwa, Nepal by  Relief

Fund for Wildlife Victims (RFWV)

2017 : Himalayan Art Camp, International Camp, Pokhara Tourism Board, Fewa Taal, Pokhara, Nepal

2017 : Shanghai International Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition and Workshop, Shanghai Taojiawan

Leisure Farm Resort Hotel, 2018 Yongnan Road, Minhang district, Shanghai, China

2018 : 2nd Andaman International Art Workshop & Exhibition-2018, Andaman Art Museum, Andaman

Culture Center Learning, Krabi Province, Thailand

2018 : 5th KMUTNB International Art & Design Workshop-2018, The Buffalo Resort, Amphawa, Thailand

2018 : Missing Art Workshop, Mandala Theater, Anam nagar, Kathmandu

2019 : 4th Hanoi Art Connecting – 2019, Art Workshop & Exhibition at Hanoi Industrial Fine Arts University by Asia Art Link, Hanoi, Vietnam

2019 : 6th International Mountain Festival by Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nag Pokhari, Kathmandu

2019 : Visit Nepal-2020 Yeti Mascot on painting, “The Mysrical & Magical Yeti”, Nepal

 

National Awards:

1987 : 2nd Prize, Inter School Competition, Bal Mandir, Kathmandu

1992 : 1st Prize, Nepal Telecommunication Directory Cover Design Competition by NTC

1992 : Consulation Prize, Cartoon Competition, HASNE, Kathmandu

1993 : 1st Prize, Painting Competition, Lalit Kala Student Union

1997 : 2nd Prize, 27th National Art Exhibition, NAFA

1997 : 1st Prize, Ganesh Man Singh Adhyayan Pratisthan

2005 : Best Field Work, 2D Animation, Demo Reel-2005, Pentasys Technologies, Kathmandu

2012 : Gold Medal with Arniko Youth Award-2068, Ratriya Yuwa Sewa Kosh, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

International Award:

2006 : Camlin Art Foundation Award, Professional Artist Category, Kolkata, India

 

Private Collections :

Prime Minister’s Residence (Nepal)

Hotel de’l Annapurna (Nepal)

Her Highness Maharani Yasho Rajelaxmi of Jammu and Kashmir (India)

Sunrise Bank, Gairidhara, Kathmandu, Nepal

Ambassador of Australia to Nepal

Nepal Investment Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal

Hongqiao Contemporary Art Gallery, Shanghai, China

Andaman Art Museum, Krabi Province, Thailand

King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Bangkok, Thailand

Nepal, India, Kenya, USA, UK, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Pakistan, Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Belgium, UAE, Norway, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Germany, Egypt, Singapore, China.

 

Travels :

India, USA, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

Co-Founder Members :

Kasthamandap Artist Group

E-.Arts Nepal

 

Members :

Young Artist’s Group

Nepal Association of Fine Arts, NAFA

Artist’s Society of Nepal

Prashanta Memorial Society



Art Works

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Immense shades
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Inner Kumari
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Fading Heritage City
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Bholenath
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Receding River
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Alone Temple
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Fading Heritage
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Fading Heritage Urban
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Fading
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Melting Heritage Gate
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