Santhanaraj AP (1932 - 2009)


A.P Santhanaraj is a renowed and highly esteemed painter and former principal of the Government College of Arts & Craft, Chennai. Santhanaraj studied at College of Arts and Crafts, Madras. He joined it as a teacher in 1958 and was its Principal during 1985-1990; his works were first shown at Kumar Gallery in 1958; participated in State and National art exhibitions and Commonwealth art exhibition in London; recipient of various awards for his works since 1953 and National Award in 1957 and 1962; executed portraits for the Parliament House, New Delhi and murals for the Madras State Museum 1962; Tamilnadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award 1982 and Kalai Chemmal Award 1987; Commissioner for painting for the Brazil Triennale, 1988; A Retrospective held at Delhi by C.M.C., 1990; Kalamamani Shiromani (Eminent Artist) Award by Tamilnadu Government 1996; Kala Ratna Award by All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, 1997; one man shows, Kumar Gallery, 1996 and 2001




The Faraway Tree Gallery,
1, Kuppusamy Street,(same compound as Millennium Software), T Nagar, Chennai - 600017