Students of Print Making at Visual Art Academy | Sameera Wanninayake Sameera is a 3rd year student. He uses the etching technique. His art is influenced by experience of the contemporary socio-political situation in Sri Lanka. ‘’The human body is displaced. There is a price for every part and no one can escape this reality”.   To read more about the Sameera and his work, purchase a copy of ARTRA Magazine ...

The Brightsparks show is part of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2015’s aim to cultivate young design talent. A handful of exceptionally talented and aspiring fashion deisgners, selected by a panel of judges, are given the coveted opportunity to be guided by the CFW team and showcase the end result at the show. This year 8 designers succesfully debuted their collections ...

Richard Texier is an internationally renowned French painter and sculptor, whom we had the pleasure to meet at the informal gathering organized by the Embassy of France when he visited Colombo recently. Richard began painting at the age of 12 and developed an interest in the history of astronomy, which is evidently reflected in most of his artwork even today. ...

The Theertha International Artists Collective launched a mini performance festival in Sri Lanka for the first time which took place from the 13th to the 16th of March. The Theertha Performance Platform is an artistic initiative, in many ways, focusing on the history, learning and practice of performance arts. It created a space for sharing this practice with students, young ...

The youngest son of Elizabeth Moir MBE and the late Kesang Tenduf-La, Chhimi is half Tibetan and half English but has been in Sri Lanka since 1982, except when he was studying at Eton College and Durham University or working for Ernst & Young in London. He said of his writing, ‘Although I am an avid reader, I am not a particularly intellectual one. What I ...

Q | When capturing coral reefs, is there a specific area in Sri Lanka you prefer capturing? And what’s special about that place for you? A | My heart really lies in Colombo when it comes to underwater photography. I started diving in Colombo. Before I moved back from overseas, I had a handful of dives but after being here, I got connected to other underwater ...

Sketching is sometimes considered as a rough work of an idea or scenery where the artist records it down to develop it and produce it to a great piece of art as the end result. However, to Firi Rahman sketching is more than just ‘sketching’: he has now tranformed into a professional who engages his time mostly sketching human figures. Firi Rahman, who’s also known ...

The Jaipur Literature Festival brings together some of the well renowned thinkers and writers from across South Asia and the world every year from Nobel laureates to local language writers, Man Booker prize winners to debut novelists, every January. A group of esteemed authors come together for five days of readings, debates and discussions since 2006 every January. The Jaipur ...

Q | Who or what organisation is behind the birth of project Imago Mundi? A | The Imago Mundi Collection is a project conceptualized and developed by Luciano Benetton and the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche. It is a voluntary, non-profit initiative to create a creative landscape of established and emerging artists around the world, through a published book representing the ...

Meg Baber | Featured Contributor of ARTRA Magazine E16 Meg Baber Meg’s degree in English Literature and her love of surfing, combined with her work as an intelligence risk analyst and a screenplay script advisor, served her well when she and her photographer husband left the Middle East to scout the entire length of Brazil in 2009, checking out fabulous hideaways for us at i-escape on the way. Meg ...

Rocio Martin Ruiz Jarabo | Featured Contributor of ARTRA Magazine E16 Rocio Martin Ruiz Jarabo Rocio graduated with first class honors on Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture in 2002, at the Superior School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid. She also spent one academic year in London at the Bartlett School of Architecture (granted thanks to her academic merits). Her working experience started with few practices in ...

Featured Contributor of ARTRA Magazine E16 | Tuan Shehan We would like to thank Tuan Shehan, ARTRA Team member, for his contribution towards ARTRA Magazine E16 issue. To read ARTRA Magazine Feb / March E16, purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Gandhara and Sarasavi Bookshops. Or purchase on, iTunes – www.itunes.apple.com/us/app/artra Google Play – www.play.google.com/store/apps/magmakeredition.artra Amazon Kindle – www.amazon.co.uk/magMaker-Editions-LLC-Artra The post Featured Contributor of ARTRA Magazine E16 | Tuan Shehan appeared first on ARTRA | ...

Umeshi Rajeendra graduated from Denison University in the US with a BA in Dance and BA in Economics with a political science minor. For Umeshi, creative movement is her first idiom. Even though she started dancing at the age of 4, her interest began only when she was 8. Her passion and love for dance has only grown with time ...

Contributors of ARTRA Magazine E16 We would like to thank Rocio Martin Ruiz-Jarabo, Tuan Shehan, Meg Barber and Nifraz Rifaz for their contribution towards the ARTRA Magazine E16. To read ARTRA Magazine Feb / March E16, purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Gandhara and Sarasavi Bookshops. Or purchase on, iTunes – www.itunes.apple.com/us/app/artra Google Play – www.play.google.com/store/apps/magmakeredition.artra Amazon Kindle – www.amazon.co.uk/magMaker-Editions-LLC-Artra The post Contributors of ARTRA Magazine E16 appeared first on ARTRA ...

Dileepa Jeewantha is from Hikkaduwa. He moved to Colombo, a few years ago, to learn about art. During his stay, he made efforts to visit different art exhibitions held in different galleries at the point, which exposed him to the local art scene and motivated him learnmore about the subject. Thereafter, he enrolled himself at the Vibhavi Academy in Colombo. ...

“Man whittles, carves, sings, dances, gestures, molds, draws and paints. The doing and making is artistic when the perceived result is of such a nature that its qualities as perceived have controlled the question of production,” wrote John Dewey in ‘Art as Experience’. Wildlife photographers have the “doing and making” of painting with the colours of nature and of imbuing ...

Dileepa Jeewantha is from Hikkaduwa. He moved to Colombo, a few years ago, to learn about art. During his stay, he made efforts to visit different art exhibitions held in different galleries at the point, which exposed him to the local art scene and motivated him learn more about the subject. Thereafter, he enrolled himself at the Vibhavi Academy in ...

Natasha Senanayake is one of Sri Lanka’s very few female composers. She has recently received the title of “Commonwealth Music Ambassador” for a period of 12 months, upon becoming the winner of the Commonwealth Music Competition, Glasgow 2014. Natasha completed her Master’s degree in Music Composition at King’s College London where she studied composition with Dr. Rob Keeley. She also ...

Soldiers are not heroes. They are not villains either. They are humans. Even those who act ‘inhumanely’ are people driven to act and have seen or done things that they can’t forget; things that may haunt them for the rest of their lives. There is a conflict in their requirement to be proud as soldiers while they suffer the consequences ...

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