K. C. S Paniker – (1911 – 1977)

1911 – Born on 31st May in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.
1917 – 1930 – Formal education in Kerala and Tamilnadu.
1936 – 1940 – Art education at the Govt. School of Arts, Madras.
1941 – Appointed as a teacher in the same school
1944 – 1953 – Establishment of the Progressive Painters’ Association,
Madras. Exhibition of paintings at Madras, Bombay, Calcutta, New Delhi
And London. Awards for merit.
1954 – Nominated as one of the Nine Eminent Artists and Member of Executive
Board of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi by the Ministry of Education, Govt. Of India. Travel in England, France, Switzerland and Italy. One man exhibitions Of paintings at the India House, London, Paris and Lille.
"I have been influenced throughout my artistic career by the great Indian spiritual thinkers. They explored the metaphysical and the spiritual worlds, while I interpreted it on my canvas." --- K.C.S. Paniker. K.C.S. Panicker is regarded one of the best metaphysical and abstract painters. His artwork during the 60s started establishing a new era of Indian art, in terms of the country`s antique metaphysical and spiritual knowledge. At that time, Western paintings were still dominating over the world of fine arts.

K.C.S. Panicker was born on May 30th 1911 in Coimbatore. He used to live in a lush green village, from where he acquired inspiration. The colourful landscapes, which he created during his early years, were the result of that inspiration. Later he moved away from landscapes onto other things, but the effect of bright colours always stayed in his paintings. A child prodigy, K.C.S. Panicker had started painting landscapes at the tender age of 12. When he was 17, he had presented his paintings at the Madras Fine Arts Society`s annual shows. In 1918, after the death of his father in order to support his family, he took up a job in the Indian Telegraph Department. He had to give up his college education for this.

Later, by the age of 25, Panicker joined the Government School of Arts and Crafts in Chennai. In 1954 he got his first international exposure. During his exhibitions abroad, he came in touch with abstract artists like Sarvodar Dali, who had a major influence in his art. As he recalls, "They hark back to the weird, but spiritually uplifting figurative exaggerations of ancient Indian painting and sculpture." Panicker went on to use calligraphy and symbols down the line, in order to project a state of metaphysical abstraction. K.C.S. Panicker expired in January 1977, at the age of 66 in Chennai.