DuminDa


With roots in Sri Lanka, and wings that have carried him through Seoul, Milan, Luxembourg, Paris and Rome, DuminDa’s art is an expression of his formative life, his spiritual training, and his appreciation of Beauty in its omnipresent manifestations.

Born in Balapitiya – a village washed by the waters of both the Madu Ganga river and the Indian Ocean –, nurtured by ancestral energies and traditions, and ruled by Mother Nature, DuminDa grew up with very well-defined values, and a strong taste for adventure.

ARTWORK & APPROACH

Swinging back and forth between the figurative and the free-style, with devotion and clear intention, DuminDa’s work evokes the delicate balance between dream and reality, magic and nature, east and west.

With a découpage-collage technique of his own, DuminDa began assembling aesthetically-matching newspaper clippings with an exotic twist: the letters of the Sinhala alphabet letters and their intriguing symbolism.

In 2008, his first installation of newspaper figurines, Paper Moods, was showcased in the main entrance of the European Commission building in Luxembourg. Eclectic, taciturn, very much a visual poet, DuminDa creates spontaneously, unbound by any predefined scheme or system, producing tridimensional artwork inspired by sensations, vibrations, nuances and memories, states of mind. By serenely listening to the beat of his inner mystic music and to his deeply-rooted beliefs, DuminDa trained himself to model minimalistic shapes and shadows.

Blending plaster, gold and fantasy, DuminDa created what would become his ‘logo’, a boat which is also a peace sign dedicated to people at sea, at large. This was followed by his ‘painted totems’ collection, a format he will revisit in future.

As of 2011, DuminDa attended the Trier Summer Academy and Beaux Arts, in Paris, travelled extensively in Europe and the U.S.

Among his numerous favourite masters are Raphaël, Leonardo and Michelangelo; he also has a special affinity with Giacometti, whose work he discovered while visiting the Louisiana Museum (and got inspired by, long before, without even knowing him) and a strong fascination for Egon Schiele and his drawings, which he likes to reproduce on terracotta engravings.

In his sculptures, DuminDa enjoys working with resins, newspapers, self-hardening natural eco-clay, plaster, and scotch-tape, with a constant quest for new materials. Using a technique that goes back some 1,600 years – the frescoes of Sigiriya, one of the most awe-inspiring sites of his beloved Sri Lanka -, Duminda has also experimented with patinas based on tea, fruit and vegetables.

As of October 2014, DuminDa had the privilege of studying in Paris with Professor Philippe Seené, a great lover of the Renaissance who soon became his mentor. After acquiring the necessary technical skills, DuminDa then started developing his own sculpting style: unpolished, unfinished surfaces, which he felt might best represent the human soul, and a palpable ‘saudade’ in most of his characters’ posture and glance.

As in a ‘Tangram’, in which thoughts, pigments and fragments of his past and present lives are restructured and reassembled, DuminDa depicts an imaginary world intertwined with reality. After practising the academic art of portraits and full bodies, he reverted to his favourite format of plaster totems and rich patina, turning the white, washed-out gips into a sophisticated mysterious material, mocking antique bronze, with a very unusual ‘wrinkled’ effect. An illusion that art-goers and experts fall for. “Is this bronze?” Sheer alchemy…

Unconsciously inspired by the costumes of Kandy dancers, DuminDa devised a stylised version of their bonnets, a semblance of a crown or aura above his totems’ heads.

DuminDa’s version of “slow art” is a meditative creative process, a simple and profound way of thinking, a passionate devotion.

 

We laud the beauty of skills slowly acquired, and the deliberate art that reflects such skills.”

Slow Art Manifesto, New York, 2005.

Exhibitions

 

2008, October-November           
PAPER MOODS           
Installation           
European Commission Jean Monnet Building           Luxemborg

2012, October           
« MAGIE D'UN JOUR »           
Collective artshow           
European Commission, Jean Monnet Building - Luxembourg

2016, April 26th – Mai 1st           
Solo presentation           
LuxExpo, Lussemburgo

2016-2017
Atelier, portes ouvertes
13, rue des Bains - Luxemburg

2017 18-22 March
Collective, Bous - Lussemburgo 

2018 15-25 June             
Solo exhibition, Cercle Münster - Luxemburg

2018 September 1st-4th             
Collective
Grand Prix International, Human Rotary Créative - Château de Latour, Virton (Belgium)

2018 September 7th -12th             
« Art in Garden » Private artshow with D.C.Giglio
Belair-Luxemburg             

2018   September 15th-22th
Collective « L'Anima, il Colore, la Materia »
Museo Crocetti - Rome

2018   October 20th -26th
Collective « Art Workers »RAW
Biblioteca Angelica - Rome             

2018,  December, 1st-9th
MOODS, Solo exhibition             
Palazzo Ferrajoli - Rome

2019, October 13th 

"Carte in Arte"

Central Institute for the Resturation and Conservation

of the Archives and Books' Patrimony-Italian Ministry 

for cultural goods and activities and turism.

Josephine, terracotta - 2015
Il Cavalier Felice, gesso - 2018

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