Artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran lives and works in Sydney. Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1988, he holds a BA (UNSW), BFA (Hons. Class 1) and a Master of Fine Arts (Research) from UNSW Art & Design.
He was the winner of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s richest and premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics, and was awarded the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging) administered through Artspace and Arts NSW. He is the recipient of numerous other grants, awards and prizes including the Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship; Artstart, The City of Sydney’s William Street Creative Tenancy; The Australian Artist’s Grant (NAVA); a travel grant from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust; and an Australian Postgraduate Award. In addition, Nithiyendran was a finalist in the Blake Prize (2013) and the John Fries Award (2014).
Forthcoming exhibitions include solo contemporary projects at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. Nithiyendran’s work will also be included in the 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale at the National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta (opening December 2016).
Nithiyendran has exhibited at various spaces including the Art Gallery of South Australia's flagship exhibition and the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. His work has also been shown at the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria; Firstdraft, UTS Gallery, Alaska Projects, Casula Powerhouse, Gallery 9, Galleries UNSW and Artspace, NSW; The Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space.
His work has been featured in various publication, most notably including: Art Monthly Australia, Belle, Art Asia Pacific, Australian Art Collector and Oyster magazine, and has featured on the cover of Vault and Art Almanac Australia with supporting editorial.
Nithiyendran’s work is represented in major museum collections in Australia including Artbank, Sydney, The Art Gallery of South Australia and the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria.