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Kumana I, 2014  Oil on canvas  33 1/2″ x 33 1/2″

Muhanned Cader’s work emerges from a practice that is experimental and open-ended. His works have been influenced by his life in Sri Lanka and his education in Western artistic traditions of landscapes. Themes of post-colonialism, possession and control shape his works, which investigate the visual world. Working with the Sri Lankan landscape, both sociopolitical and natural, and the sea, Cader depicts scenes of daily life. His paintings bring in to focus his use of color and shape with precision mark-making. His drawings and collages seem to break free from their four-sided boundaries while remaining within the confines of the paper, done so using color blocking to separate the art from the support. Intimate and exquisitely rendered, Cader always retains an element of the handmade – making vivid the limitations as well the power of the human presence within the natural world.

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Muhanned Cader was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1966, where he currently lives and works. He earned his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. Since then, he has participated in several international projects. His work has been featured at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; 1st Singapore Biennale; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; 1st Lahore Biennale, Pakistan; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; Devi Art Foundation, India; 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India; Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, New York and Nasher Museum at Duke University, North Carolina.

Selected Works

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Portraits of the Sea, 2019

Charcoal on paper

20 1/4” x 15 3/4” (each of 25)

30 1/2” x 393 3/4” (overall)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Land and Water, 2014

Collage book

5 1/2″ x 81″ x 4″

Sky, 2016

Graphite on paper

23” x 22 3/4″ (Each of 6) 

I See Sea II, 2019

Acrylic on paper

12 1/2” x 15 3/4″ (each of 8)

32” x 60 1/4” (overall) 

I See Sea II (detail)

I See Sea II (detail)

I See Sea II (detail)

I See Sea I, 2019

Acrylic on paper

15 7/8” x 15 7/8” (each of 8)

15 7/8” x 133 1/2” (overall)

I See Sea I (detail)

I See Sea I (detail)

I See Sea I (detail)

I See Sea I (detail)

Untitled, 2016

Oil on canvas

30” x 30”

Kumana II, 2014

Oil on canvas

33 1/4″ x 33 1/2″

Portraits of the Sea, 2019

Charcoal on paper

20 1/4” x 15 3/4” (each of 25)

30 1/2” x 393 3/4” (overall)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Portraits of the Sea (detail)

Land and Water, 2014

Collage book

5 1/2″ x 81″ x 4″

Sky, 2016

Graphite on paper

23” x 22 3/4″ (Each of 6) 

I See Sea II, 2019

Acrylic on paper

12 1/2” x 15 3/4″ (each of 8)

32” x 60 1/4” (overall) 

I See Sea II (detail)

I See Sea II (detail)

I See Sea II (detail)

I See Sea I, 2019

Acrylic on paper

15 7/8” x 15 7/8” (each of 8)

15 7/8” x 133 1/2” (overall)

I See Sea I (detail)

I See Sea I (detail)

I See Sea I (detail)

I See Sea I (detail)

Untitled, 2016

Oil on canvas

30” x 30”

Kumana II, 2014

Oil on canvas

33 1/4″ x 33 1/2″

Artforum
Artforum
Turning the Page: Muhanned Cader January 15, 2020

Jyoti Dhar on the opening of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka.

Verve
Verve
Explore Muhanned Cader’s Enchanting Island November 17, 2016

Experience meditative depictions of the sea with Sri-Lankan artist Muhanned Cader.

Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Jungle Tide: Muhanned Cader February 2015

As a young student, Sri Lankan-born artist Muhanned Cader was enthralled by British adventurer John Still’s Jungle Tide, a 1930s-era memoir of his time on what was then the island nation of Ceylon. 

Galle Fort, Fort Kochi presents a series of 29 seascapes, intricately rendered in graphite on wood panels. Originally created as an installation at the 2014 Kochi Muziris Biennale, Galle Fort, Fort Kochi engages with an environment, the seaside, that is both specific and, as Cader points out, remarkably universal.

The Hindu
The Hindu
Of Uncertain Mindscapes August 6, 2014

Sri Lankan artist likes to keep his works 'simple' for commoners

Art New England
Art New England
Found Redux August 2013

The current exhibition continuing through August 23rd at the Talwar Gallery, New York, entitled Found, features the work of Indian and Sri Lankan artists Aishya Abraham, Muhanned Cader, and Srinivas Prasad.

Art Now
Art Now
Space, Earth, Landscape: Muhanned Cader May 2013

Is it a swallow in flight, or a slow dagger ascending, a map, a mask, the gruff mouth of a cave, or perhaps a nameless form? 

Raking Leaves
Raking Leaves
Muhanned Cader 2010

Muhanned Cader is an observer of certain things not all things.

Art Asia Pacific
Art Asia Pacific
Ray Yoshida and Muhanned Cader November 2008

In 1996, Muhanned Cader, then a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, rented a studio overlooking Bolgoda Lake, a picturesque reservoir outside the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Bolgoda was a prepossessing location to the young Cader, who was attracted to the quixotic local landscape.

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