Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Throughout the time when Sri Lanka was at war, Shanaathanan continued to live and work in the north, pursuing an education in art that he completed with his PhD at the University of Delhi. Shanaathanan’s work has over the years been presented internationally and while working with various mediums the artists subject matter consistently deals with the subjects of home, displacement, memory and loss. Over the years Shanaathanan has become the most prominent contemporary artist working in the north of the island.
Anusha Gajaweera is a painter and sculptor. He has been a visiting lecturer in several state universities including the Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, and Sri Palee College in Horana. Throughout his artistic career he has exhibited works in many local and international group exhibitions and won several awards and recognition for his work including the award for Environmental Day AEPO Asian Environmental Organisation, Sri Lanka and Japan.
Gajaweera currently works in Colombo and teaches at the Sathkara Centre in Dolahena.