Artist Profile

Born August 16, 1944. Did a Government Certificate in Drawing in Tanjavur, then earned a GD First Class, First Rank from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. From 1963-5 Suriyamoorthy was a State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholar, then from 1965-68 he was a National Scholar at MS Baroda University under KG Subramanian and M. Jyothi Bhat.


  • 1999 International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • 1994 All India Kalidas Exhibition, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  • 1992 First Indian Drawing Biennale, Chandigarh
  • 1991-2 Sri SH Daya Fellowship, Mumbai
  • 1989-91 Senior Fellowship, Government of India, Department of Culture
  • 1989 Christian Association of Asia, Japan
  • 1965 Governor's Award, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1965-99 AIFACS
  • Many other awards over the years from various organizations throughout India


  • 1998 International Art Exhibition, Romania
  • 1995 18th International Exhibition of Prints, Kannagana
  • 1994 International Poster Exhibition, Mexico
  • 1993-4 Biennale Van De Kleingratiek, Sinj-Niklas
  • 1992 3rd Biennale International Pastel Exhibition, Paris
  • 1990 International Association of Art, UNESCO, New Zealand
  • 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 & 1997 International Biennale, Bulgaria
  • 1985 International Collectors' Art Exhibition at Salvador Dali's residence, Spain


National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai; Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta; Government Museum, Chandigarh; Tamilnad Archaeological Department; Government Museum, Chennai; Government Museum, Hyderabad; Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore.

Says the artist, "I have evolved my own style which is unique by itself. You could describe it as a one-man movement. In my view each artist can do what he thinks ought to. I have never copied any old master, never followed any ism - in fact, it will be difficult for me to copy any one of my own works, the Brahmaputra, the Ganges, the Godavari, the Krishna and the Cauvery as also the Abhishekam waters from various temples for the purpose of painting. These have been the sources of the pigments I use. After my father's death, most of the medicines - he was a Siddha practitioner - were in disuse. So I mixed the various ingredients to achieve the colours I desired - ground sea shells to derive the white, used natural gum from the trees in my garden and collected waters from all the major rivers in India. I am not good at verbal expression. Anyway let me explain my method and materials. I mean the formula follow, based on the use of natural resources, i.e., water, sea shells, tree barks, etc., - the formula I have evolved over many years of experimentation is not a common one. My works will retain their painterly qualities - colour and brightness - for more than half a century. I repeat, I am not good at verbal expression and I sometimes hesitate when thinking of a word. I can't make a speech. But in art I can have my say. I hope viewers read their feelings into my pictures - it will be creative experience for them too. If I strike a chord, they will answer it". Government Certificate in Drawing, Thanjavur,1960 GD First Class, First Rank, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, 1963 State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholar, 1963 - 1965 National Scholar at the MS University, Baroda,1965-1968 Senior Fellowship, Government of India (Department of Culture) '89-'91 Sri SH Daya Fellowship, Mumbai, 1991 - 1992. Awards & Prizes 1990 - 1991 : From various organisations at Bhopal, Chennai, Mysore, Raipur and Vijayawada 1994 : All India Kalidas Exhibition, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh 1992 : First Indian Drawing Biennale, Chandigarh 1997 : Major Art Trends in India since 1947, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1999 - International Biograhical Centre Cambrigde England - Prestigious Award, 20th Century and fortry seven other awards in Drawings, Paintings, Graphics and Ceramics