Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran   
Self Portrait on Green Mound, 2017, Earthenware, glaze, gold lustre, porcelain, sea shells, resin, enamel and wooden beads , 121 × 55 × 40 cm

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran born 1988 in Colombo Sri-Lanka. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. Formally trained in painting and drawing his practice has a sculptural emphasis which champions the physicality of art making. While proceeding from a confident atheist perspective, Nithiyendran draws upon his Hindu and Christian heritage as reference points as well as a large range of sources including the internet, pornography, fashion and art history. Self-portraits make frequent appearances and the dual presence of male and female organs suggest gender fluid realms of new possibilities.