Prageeth Manohansa is a name that has become so closely affiliated with the assembled works of art spotted throughout houses, villas and hotels throughout the island. This 33 year old artist studied in Benares and Sri Lanka after which he began working on various masks and God statues made with old car parts. After three years of working with Manohansa, this local sculptor has built a name for himself internationally, recently being featured in a calendar printed by Nuage Branding of Indonesia and locally, completing his biggest installation to-date at the new Courtyard Hotel in central Colombo. His work belongs to collections worldwide. This sustainable art form that Manohansa uses appeals to a variety of collectors, not only for their sensitivity to movement and form but their changing nature as outdoor sculpture creates an effect, which transforms.
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.