Born in Kerala, T.V. Santhosh obtained his graduate degree in painting from Santiniketan and Master’s Degree in Sculpture from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara. Santhosh’s works have been shown widely in international museums and biennales, including at Das Kunstmuseum, Austria, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Singapore Art Museum, the Saatchi Gallery in London, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London among many others.
His select solo shows include ‘The Land’, Nature Morte, Berlin 2011, ‘Burning Flags’, Aicon Gallery, London 2010, ‘Blood and Spit’, Jackshainman Gallery 2009, ‘Living with a Wound’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London 2009, ‘A Room to Pray’ at Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich 2008, ‘Countdown’, Nature Morte, Delhi 2008 in collaboration with The Guild, Mumbai; ‘Countdown’, The Guild, Mumbai 2008
Santhosh’s “Effigies of Turbulent Yesterdays” reconceptualizes the equestrian statue in order to critique the role that art has traditionally played in valorizing violence and propagating a triumphalist interpretation of history. In the words of critic Sathyanand Mohan, the work becomes “an anti-monument that lies bare the disavowed histories of violence that sustain it, and by extension all such iconographies of power.”