Artist juxtaposes Mangaluru’s heritage with its now urbanised landscape


Displaying over 40 paintings on a terracotta plate, antique pillar, and timber, artiste Santhosh Andrade with his acrylic touch yet again immerses art patrons with the story of Mangaluru. The paintings of this Indian contemporary artist bring to life the story of this small town in the coastal city in Karnataka transcending to the urban landscape.

Santhosh Andrade

Counting on his memory, artist Santhosh Andrade on his canvas has meticulously documented tiled rooftops, greenery, artisan’s culture, and folklore of the region’s bygone era.

Santhosh’s canvas very much makes a paradoxical statement on old versus new, urban alongside the rural, every day, and the extraordinary. The artwork meaningfully juxtaposes traditional lives & objects, with a snapshot of people, lives & the moment in contemporary times that we often tend to ignore.

Born and raised in Mangalore, Santhosh Andrade’s paintings uses realism to depict the everyday scenes of a semi-urban town. The artist credits his ability to visually appreciate everyday life and objects, to his parents and remains awestruck throughout his life by their humility and intellectual clarity.

Speaking to Around Mangaluru, Santhosh Andrade said, “I mostly focus on local subjects. “Traditional heritage houses and greenery around Mangaluru are being dislodged for a smart city. In my work, I want to encourage people to stay connected with their coastal heritage,” Santhosh said.

For what was his childhood pastime, has now translated into winning Santhosh several awards and global recognition.

Along with bagging the First place this year for his artwork at ‘ORA 2020’ conducted by Mojarto (NDTV India), Santhosh has bagged several awards since 2003. He had exhibited his art at 7 solo and 21 group exhibitions. Besides India, he also has a permanent collection across the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, South Korea, and Sweden among others.

Though a professional artist, Santhosh does not insist on canvas alone to showcase the stoke of the brush. He takes the liberty to turn any traditional or unused surface into an art exhibit and entice the audience to take a trip down memory lane.

Supported by S-Cube Art Gallery, Andrade’s painting exhibition will be on display between 11 am to 7 pm till November 11th at the public gallery at Kodial Guthu House (West), Centre for Media, Art, and Design.

The visitors will be guided through the gallery by the members of the organisers from Art Kanara Trust in association with INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Mangalore Chapter.

With inputs from Nikita G Coutinho

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