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Branka Ridicki


Born in Zadar, Croatia, Branka Ridicki majored in History of Art and Italian Language and Literature in Zagreb, Croatia. She works in a variety of media, including photography, film and painting.

Her paintings have been the subject of solo and group exhibitions, including the United Nations Headquarters, New York, group exhibition (2006); the 10th Cairo Biennial, (2007); Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Centre in Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, Cairo, with her installation 'Viaggio' (2007); Museum of Ancient Glass, Zadar, Croatia, 'Viaggio', (2010); Paradise Road Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 'Stories About Cities' (2014); Saskia Fernando Gallery, Galle, Sri Lanka, 'Stories About Cities' (2014).

The backbone of her professional biography is traveling. By way of numerous travels and moves to different countries due to her work in documentary film projects, and later due to her husband's work in diplomacy, she developed an interest in different cultures, promoting intercultural dialogue in her art.

The architecture and history of Galle Fort and Colombo Fort inspired her recent cycle of paintings, titled Stories About Cities, wherein the complex composition of architecture is reduced to simplified volumes. These are imaginary maps influenced by medieval art.

Her art was featured in Saatchi Art weekly collection New This Week in November 2014.

Currently Branka lives and works in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Hiran Patikiriarachchi

Hiran Patikiriarachchi is a self-taught artist who has been an active member of the art society during his schooling years. He held his first art exhibitionl, unique in its nature since it was the first ever exhibition in Sri Lanka to be done on gunny material based on wildlife titled "Roo Sobha" and held at the National Art Gallery, Colombo in 2011. After a successful turnout using gunny as the medium, he went on to showcase a second exhibition named "Walk to Wild" in 2012.

He is a member of member of the Ceylon Society of arts, as well as an active member of the young zoological association, which opened up opportunities for him. He was selected by representatives of CHOGM summit 2013 held in Sri Lanka, for wildlife drawings to be featured in national Zoos of their respective countries.



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