Cardboard Hero I.  2001
Acrylic on canvas
92 x 87 cm

On the Ancient Wall II.  2002
Acrylic, collage on canvas
45.5 x 38 cm


Born in Kandy, in 1968, Pradeep Chandrasiri is a painter, sculptor and installation artist who also uses photography and video in his work.  In 1997, he obtained his BFA from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Kelaniya, and, subsequently a Diploma in Archaeology from the same University.

He has held numerous exhibitions in Sri Lanka and has also participated in exhibitions in India, Japan, England, Canada and the Netherlands and has taken part in a number of international art workshops.  Winner of the Commonwealth award for Arts and Crafts in 2002, Chandrasiri is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Colombo and Kelaniya.

His current work focuses on the social and cultural crises existing in Sri Lanka today.   In his words, ‘my art takes shape in the current political space of Sri Lanka with painful memories of historical social strategies.  It is this tragic history that I commemorate…’