Annoushka Hempel

Annoushka Hempel

B.A. SOAS, London; Founder & Director of Colombo Art Biennale.

Annoushka was born in London, graduating at SOAS in Art History & Social Anthropology. She continued her love of the arts through working with contemporary artists in London as well as working on a book on the History of African Art. Her work experience then led her to PR and event management. She came to live in Sri Lanka in 2003 with her family where she set up and managed the first Art gallery in Galle Fort showcasing Sri Lankan artists. Annoushka is now based in Colombo where she has a second gallery, and is founder and director of Colombo Art Biennale.


Jagath Weerasinghe

Artist & Archeology University Lecturer, Founding Member & Chairman of Theertha International Artist Collective.

His education in visual arts was acquired at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and American University, Washington D.C. USA. He has been the main proponent who professed a new approach to art making which created an ideological shift in the art scene in the 1990s, now popularly referred to as the 90s Art Trend. He has exhibited extensive internationally and in Sri Lanka. Weerasinghe’s diverse interests allowed him to drift his attention to other related fields of art such as conservation of mural paintings. Presently Director of the Institute of Archeology, his interventions in heritage management has been widely recognized. He lives and works in Sri Lanka.


Chandragupta Thenuwara

Artist, Art Dept University Lecturer, Founder & Director of Vibhavi Academy of Fine Art

Chandraguptha Thenuwara acquired his education in visual arts at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and Surikov State Art Institute, Moscow, Russia. He has exhibited widely in Sri Lanka and abroad and his works are also included in collections around the world including public monuments. He is a leading Sri Lankan artist whose work focuses on issues surrounding the impact of violence in Sri Lanka. In response to overwhelming crisis’ he has devised his own stylistic formulation, which he has called “Barrelism”.

Chaminda Gamage

Artist, Founding Member of ‘Colombo Artists?’ Artist Collective.

Chaminda began to show his interest in paintings since his childhood and by early 90’s was recognized as an upcoming artist. Since then his dedication has seen him receive numerous awards, such as the State Award for the Most Outstanding Painter of Year (1996).


Saskia Fernando

Founder & Director of Saskia Fernando Gallery, Director of Paradise Road Gallery.

Saskia has been involved in the Sri Lankan art scene from a young age as the daughter of Art Patron Udayshanth Fernando.  Now a full-time Gallerist, Curator and Art Consultant, she continues to curate the exhibitions at Paradise Road Galleries while promoting her own portfolio of established and emerging contemporary Sri Lankan artists.


Nazreen Sansoni

Director of Barefoot Gallery.

Nazreen Sansoni is responsible for the flow of books and art through the Barefoot Gallery and Cafe. A central figure in the de facto salon there, she manages the myriad of concerts, launches and events that fill up the space. In this way Nazreen cultivates both the arts and the arts community. In addition to her duties as curator and organiser, she is an avid collector of art, reader, photographer, writer and mother of five.