About Akhil’s Practice
Growing up in Kerala, I developed a strong bond with nature, which is reflected in my artwork. I observe and contemplate the relationship between native people and the Earth, resulting in a philosophical understanding. As a visual storyteller, I see no distinction between a farmer cultivating the land and an earthworm seeking nourishment. My studies in Santiniketan unveiled the universality of my memories, inspiring the incorporation of intricate village life networks into my creations. I portray various aspects of the farming community’s life, including rituals, music, and culture. The life cycles of all creatures surrounding them also play a significant role. Through a meticulous process, I aim to capture the serenity and toil of agrarian life in my paintings, using traditional media and carefully chosen hues. Currently, my project focuses on carpentry, a profession deeply rooted in Kerala. By painting on discarded traditional tools, I seek to give them a new voice and highlight the craftsmanship they embody.
Born in 1989 in Ramamangalam, Ernakulam, Akhil Mohan obtained a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts degree in RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura (2011, 2013) . Akhil had solo shows in Art Family International Art Fair (2020); in the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi Solo Grand Exhibition, Calicut, (2018, 2013). He has been part of various Group shows, such as the Kerala State Lalithakala Akademi Annual Exhibition (2022); the Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation Annual Art Exhibition (2022), Samanvaya, National Artist Camp Exhibition, Lucknow (2022); Lokame Tharvadu, Alappuzha (2021); The Bombay Art Society Annual Exhibition, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2021) and the Kerala State Lalithakala Akademi Annual Exhibition (2020). He has received several awards for his artistic achievements, including The Bombay Art Society Annual Exhibition Award (2022), the Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation Award (2022), the National Lalit Kala Akademi Award (2017), and the Kerala State Lalit Kala Akademi Award (2018, 2016, 2022). He has also participated in several art camps, such as the Samanvaya National Artist Camp, Lucknow (2022), Nirakeralam Camp-2 by Kerala Lalithakala Akademi in (2021), and the ‘Chakiri Charithram’ five-day artists camp conducted by Kerala State Lalithakala Akademi (2020).
Akhil currently works and lives in Thrissur, Kerala.