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Mika Tennekoon

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Born in Sri Lanka in 1985, Mika Tennekoon completed her HND in Visual Communication at the Academy of Design in Sri Lanka and has an FCC in printmaking from Khala Bhavana in Santiniketan, India. Tennekoon staged her first solo exhibition at SFG in November 2012. She has participated in group shows in both Colombo and Galle in Sri Lanka as well as in India and Vietnam. Tennekoon presented her work as an illustrator at Pecha Kucha in 2011. The simple translation of day-to-day and emotional events into beautifully constructed illustrations drew SFG to work with her again a few months later on Paper Canvas, a limited edition poster show. Tennekoon has been involved in projects such as the Secret Garden Party and Whale of a time in the UK. Locally she has coordinated Galle Literary Festival workshops, been involved in Colombo Fashion Week and with a collective named COCA (Collective of Contemporary Artists). Tennekoon also works with multiple mediums such as photography, digital sketches and installation.

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Kekuli Abeyratne

Kekuli Unamboowe Abeyratne is a self-taught artist born in Kandy, Sri Lanka and now a full time artist residing in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The artist works primarily with acrylics on canvas and her signature art work embodies intricate line drawings on canvas. However, she also specializes in abstract and abstract impressionist art.

The artist entered the art scene consequent to the death of her husband with her brand "Art by Kekuli" which was the brainchild of her then state of mind. The artist has presented her work in a solo exhibition themed "A Tumultuous Journey to a tranquil state of mind". It signified two very important elements. The first being the journey itself: beginning of a distressed journey that ends well with a tranquil and calm state of mind and the second being the end result of being tranquil itself. The artist believes that it is all about taking your negative experiences and energy and turning them into something beautiful and positive.

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