Alwar Balasubramaniam was formally trained as a printmaker having earned a BFA from the Government College of Arts Chennai in 1995. His early works were focused on prints and paintings. However, it is his work as an engaging sculpture which has gained him international acclaim.
The early 90’s saw him working on highly geometric etchings and small architectural drawings with steel trusses and spiral staircases populating his constructions. It was in the late 90’s where he began exploring textures, contours and the language of abstraction. The artist’s passionate involvement with materials is evident in his works and he often uses his own body as a basis for his sculptures. While drawing our attention to temporality, transitions & materiality, all his works merge intellectual, emotional and spiritual concerns with the major theme of energy. His works have been widely exhibited in museums, art festivities and galleries worldwide, including at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mori Art Museum, Japan; Essl Museum, Austria; 1st Singapore Biennale; École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia; and The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.He lives and works in Bangalore.