SC Suman – kathmandu triennale

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The work of the Nepali artist S.C. Suman has to be situated in the tradition of the Mithila Painting. S.C. Suman makes for the exhibition three new works on paper in relation to the theme of the city. SC Suman is an artist who practices a traditional technique originally only executed by women. In inserting contemporary elements he preserves this beautiful tradition of the Mithila painting. The paintings are on view in the Taragaon Museum. In the Nepali Art Council (and some other locations) one sees ‘jhaap’ objects, paper lamps colorfully painted with motives in the tradition of Mithila.




SC Suman is a self taught artist who watched his grandmother make ritual paintings in the Mithila tradition. He is a textile designer by profession and also is a celebrated radio host in Birathnagar. He has held 14 solo shows in Nepal, France, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands. He has won many awards including the Rastra Pratibha Puraskar. Suman is a Council Member and Head of Department of the Folk Arts at Nepal Academy of Fine Arts. Das has been actively working in various organizations for the development of art and artists for more than 20 years. He has served as a "Chief Judge" for several different art competitions. Das organized the National level Art Workshops in Biratnagar in 2002-2015. He is currently researching Mithila, Tharu, Santhal, Dhimal, Folk Art & Culture, which is facilitated by Chetena Sanrakshan Pratisthan, Nepal. Das was among the exhibiting artists of the 1st Kathmandu International Art Festival in 2009.