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Dilini Samaranayake

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Dilini began her studies in the art field as a performance artist. She studied Kandyan dancing and drama, for which she earned a degree with honors from the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Sri Lanka. Later, Dilini focused towards painting. Her painting style tends to be highly detailed, in color and decorative. She paints colorful and imaginary worlds with flowers, houses and trees etc. She explains that her work tends to get a lot of influence from nature and that she is inspired by the master Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt and William Morris.

After graduating, Dilini served as a dancing teacher at Colombo International School in Kandy for a period of four years. While teaching dancing, she was also a visiting lecturer at the Panideniya English Teachers' Training College. At present she is a full time artist as well as a designer. As a designer she creates wooden fashion jewelry.

Beyond painting, dancing and acting, Dilini has launched a children's book called "Hemidiriya". She has also done illustrations for children's books by other authors in Sri Lanka.



Rasika De Silva

I see the content of my work as being nature and human-centric. The unbreakable bond between man and nature and the human attempt to sever this by destroying whatever is natural and the subsequent human-human conflict that arises is what I present in my works.

It is my opinion that the sole human struggle within the economical and material spheres is totally inadequate and unacceptable to counteract our problems. Without delay we have to carry out two or more endeavours or revolutions. For man to be more human and to conserve nature a more honest heartfelt and proactive struggle must be launched. Humans must have more faith and confidence in the inner and spiritual world rather than the outer physical one. My firm belief is that most of the catastrophes faced by humankind presently could be resolved in the future. Getting rid of cruelty amongst human beings resolves internal pain and suffering. Not only do I try to explore these facts to the best of my ability in my work but I am willing to represent these values in my life also.

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