PARTICIPANT / Somapala Pothupitiya

  • Name Somapala Pothupitiya
  • Country Sri Lanka
  • Vocation Artist
  • Education Not Available

Born 1972, Deniyaha, Sri Lanka
Lives and works in Korathota, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A thoughtful and subtly political artist, Pothupitiya has established himself as a vital exponent of ’90s trend’ Sri Lankan art. He confronts the compelling political issues raised by the war in Sri Lanka and explores questions like caste, distinction between art and craft, tradition and modernity in his works. Coming from a background of traditional craft artists and ritual specialists, he incorporates and reinterprets certain material and philosophical contents of traditional art in his work.



Training program in Pakistan traditional jewelry, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan


Study and training, Pakistan traditional metal work methods and techniques, craft-villages, Lahore, Pakistan


Study and training, traditional Pakistan sewing methods and techniques, with craft men, Lahore, Pakistan


University of Kelaniya, Institute of Aesthetic Studies, BFA in Sculpture, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Selected Solo Exhibitions
  • Pala Pothupitiye: Until This Moment ,Exhibit 320 ,New Delhi, India
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • Undefined Territories: Perspectives on Colonial Legacies ,MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona ,Barcelona, Spain
  • Portraits of Intervention: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka ,Aicon Gallery, New York ,Greenwich Village, New York, USA
  • Serendipity Revealed ,The Brunei Gallery, SOAS ,Bloomsbury, London, UK
  • Narratives of Resistance ,Gallery Espace ,New Delhi, India
  • sri lanka ,Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna ,Vienna, Austria

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