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Riyas Komu



  Riyas Komu was born in Kerala. He arrived in Mumbai in 1992 and joined the JJ School of Art after dropping out from final year of BA Literature.  The decision to pursue painting as a career came lonly after having spent a few years at the JJ School in the company of contemporaries.  He obtained MFA from Sir JJ School of art Mumbai. Komu’s craft draws out the paradoxes of the urban situation where glitz and glamour and poverty survive simultaneously. His paintings depict the dejection and pain and but aren’t cynical. On one hand he articulates the desolation of the downtrodden and on the other celebrates the spirit of those who dare to survive against all odds. Recipient of Hebbar Foundation Scholarship and Bombay art society Award, Komu has several group and solo exhibitions to his credit. He lives and works in Mumbai. His body of work references the paradoxes of the urban situation, where on one hand, there is glamour, and on the other, abject poverty. Creating his pieces with equal doses of compassion and cynicism, Komu’s work reflects both hope and dejection – a tribute to the spirit of all those who continue to survive the city and its paradoxes.

Riyas Komu

    • Lives and Works :
    • Mumbai
    • Education :
    • B.A Literature from Sir J.J. School of Art


Artist Statement

His body of work references the paradoxes of the urban situation, where on one hand, there is glamour, and on the other, abject poverty. Creating his pieces with equal doses of compassion and cynicism, Komu’s work reflects both hope and dejection – a tribute to the spirit of all those who continue to survive the city and its paradoxes.
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Artist Biography

  Riyas Komu was born in Kerala. He arrived in Mumbai in 1992 and joined the JJ School of Art after dropping out from final year of BA Literature.  The decision to pursue painting as a career came lonly after having spent a few years at the JJ School in the company of contemporaries.  He obtained MFA from Sir JJ School of art Mumbai. Komu’s craft draws out the paradoxes of the urban situation where glitz and glamour and poverty survive simultaneously. His paintings depict th
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