The Second Nature

The Second Nature 
09 Aug 2018 – 29 Aug 2018
Paradise Road Galleries

Vajira is unquestionably the best-known Sri Lankan artist perpetuating the legacy of Basquiat, Haring, Combas, Ouzani, and Cuban Sosabravo. Inspired by their vision challenging the existing order, innumerable anonymous youth transformed our urban environment, their motivation and expression rooted in humanity’s origins. Known today as “street art”, “graffiti”, or “tags”, it has become an international movement of unrestrained creativity, a vivid and contradictory expression of the anxieties and dreams of our societies in crisis. Sri Lanka is no exception! With this exhibition, Vajira draws an uncompromising portrait. Essentially, artists are rebels; among them is Vajira Gunawardena.

-Jean-Pierre Page, 2018