CD. Jain

Born in 1962, Kerala
Education : 1988, BFA, College of Fine Arts Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

  Teaching / Work Experience

1995-96 Guest Lecturer, College of Fine Arts Kerala, Trivandrum, for a short period and conducted Art workshop for rural children since 1988 in different parts of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karanataka and Andhra Pradesh. 2005-2006 Worked as a Art Consultant for UNICEF, World Vision and Save the Children India.

  Solo Exhibitions

1988 : Alliance – Financaise, Trivandrum
1993 : Sarala Arts Centre, Chennai
1996 : Contemporary Art Gallery, Durbar Hall Kochi
1997 : Gandhi Museum Art Gallery, Trivandrum
2001 : Lalitkala Akademi, Chennai
2004 : Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery, Trivandrum
2007 : Karnataka Chithrala Parishath, Bangalore
2008 : State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad
2008 : Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery, Trivandrum
2009 : Gandhi Museum, Madhurai
2010 : Lalithakala Akademi Regional Centre, Odisha
2010 : Visakha Museum, Visakhapatanam
2011 : Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery, Trivandrum
2012 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2013 : Contemporary Art Gallery, Kochi
2014 : Russian Cultural Centre, Trivandrum
2015 : Gallery Francoise L’hernault, Pondicherry
2016 : Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery Kozhikode

  Art Camps

1995 : National Artists Camp, Kasergod, Kerala
1997 : South India Regional Artists Camp, Chennai
2009 : National Painters Camp, Alapuzha, Kerala
2013 : Kerala State Artists Camp, Trivandrum
2014 : Kerala State Award Winners Artist Camp, Bekkal, Kerala
2017 : National Painters Camp, Ponmudi, Kerala


1986 : Kerala State Forest Department Cash Award
1987 : Kerala Lalithakala Academy Award
1998 : Rippon Kapur Fellowship (From Child Rights & You)


Private Collections in India, U.K, Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, U.S.A, Australia and Haiti

  Lives in Mumbai and Kerala

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Mobile No. : + 91 83 90 18 35 87, +91 94 97 00 22 11

  Media Coverage

My efforts with child development and other issues as an Artist and Educationist has come out in the print media several times in ‘The Hindu’, ‘Indian Express’, ‘The New Indian Express’, ‘Morning News’, ‘The Week’, ‘Kerala Calling’, ‘Times of India’, ‘Deccan Herald’, ‘The Telegraph’, ‘Deccan Chronicle’, and other vernacular dailies and magazines.

•   ‘Total commitment’ - The Hindu, October 4, 1996
•   ‘Child rights in line and wash’ - The Indian Express, November 16, 1997
•   ‘Fighting a cause through paintings’ - The Hindu, November 28, 1997
•   ‘Artist looks at children who have missed their Todays’ - Morning News, September 15, 1998
•   ‘Portraying innocence on canvas’ - The New Indian Express, December 21, 2015
•   ‘Cries and laughter in the dark’ - The Hindu, January 10, 2002
•   ‘When colours show the grey shades of life in brush strokes’ - Sunday Times of India – November 29, 2015
•   ‘Children of a lesser God’ - The Hindu, November 27, 2004
•   ‘Reflection of Childhood’ - Kerala Calling, March 2009
•   ‘Untold Miseries’ - Kerala Calling, December 2004
•   ‘Sea Surf no more a mightmare to these tsunami kids’- The New Indian Express, December 14, 2006
•   ‘Brush with reality’ - Deccan Herald, November 16, 2007
•   ‘Childhood imageries on canvas’ - The New Indian express, November 15, 2007
•   ‘Painting the hildren of lesser God’ - The Hindu nov12 2007
•   ‘In touch with children’ - The Hindu, August 15, 2008
•   ‘Play of colours’ - The Hindu, November 13, 2008
•   ‘Colours of Childhood’ - The New Indian Express, April 29, 2011
•   ‘The big picture’ -The Hindu, May 6, 2011
•   ‘A mouthpiece of children’s minds’ - Deccan Chronicle, November 11 2014
•   ‘Colours of Childhood’- The New Indian Express, November 12, 2008
•   ‘Painting on stark canvas called life’ - The New Indian Express, December 18, 2009
•   ‘A brush with better and bitter childhoods’ - The Hindu, December 23, 2009
•   ‘Art from the heart’ - Sunday Times of India , July 27, 2008
•   ‘Of their cries and Pain’- December 24, 2009
•   ‘Painting for a cause’ - The Hindu, April 17, 2010
•   ‘Solo painting expo on children’ - The Hindu, April 11, 2010
•   ‘Unique expo gets under way’ - The Hindu, February 27, 2010
•   ‘From acrylic innocence to dark abuse’ - The New Indian Express, March 5, 2010
•   ‘Artist’s life long tryst with children’ - The Telegraph, March 3, 2010
•   ‘Saying it with colours’ - The Hindu, March 5, 2010
•   ‘Childhood Pranks in many colours’ - The Sunday Standard Magazine, March 9-15, 2014
•   ‘Strokes that captures childhood emotions’ – Sunday Times of India November 16, 2014
•   ‘Art and healing’ – The Hindu – November 21, 2014
•   ‘Painting the Child Metaphoric Strokes in the Wilderness’ – Kerala Calling – October 2015
•   ‘A Riveting Take on Destitute Children’ – The New Indian Express – November 14, 2014
•   ‘Creating a Paradise for Children’ – Chennai Chronicle – December 15, 2015
•   ‘An artist’s angst over child abuse’ – The Hindu - December 1, 2015

Don't Scratch My Face!
C. D. Jain - A Provoked Artist and a Child

HE was a rag picker. Silently he went about his pernicious word. I saw him. I wanted to etch him in the canvas of my reflection. As I went over the routine of shaping his little face, he bent over and with restiveness told me Don't Scratch My Face! As Jain speaks of his experiences with these broken children, it is difficult for him to hide the intensity of his involvement with the children who have shaped his life and paintings.

There are these little faces, parched hands, broken and bent bodies and above all else a shattered soul that you see when you walk the corridors of life as lived by the children in a poverty situation. Their faces scratched with stories of lived lugubrious melancholy, their hands a tale of hardship, their bodies are expressions of neglect and my child's soul is a reflection of innocence that she would have loved to delve in. She plays in levity of the world around her; she basks in her simple joys, ruminates in the rural elements of freedom and weather and shares her secret place in unspoken language. Lo. Jain presents his works - Joy, Innocence, Pain and Abuse... in a child's world.

Having spent his childhood in a coastal village of South India, C. D. Jain has since 1988 been using his time and energy to help marginalized children overcome their distress and melancholies of their every day living by helping them to realize their self and expressive capabilities through therapeutic art workshops and the invaluable time he spends with these marginalized children. He is an artist and an ardent child educator who has proposed it that he would live his life to add meaning to the lives of deprived children. Jain as a person believes in the infinitive possibilities of art to transform society. His intimate rapport with children gives his work an unusual depth which is his expressions of the time that he spends with the marginalized children and these have an authenticity that is all its own. Jain tries to evince the reality in which the vulnerable child lives through sententious expressions of hue... appalling and obsequious images of abuse, and besotted lechery still forlorn in the nincompoops callous reality and perception trying to tickle the irascible sensitivity of the system and add meaning to the disconcerted eternity in which this child will live. But he has seen the other side as well and he tries to captivate the ebullience that radiates from the jaunty frivolity of innocence and vivacity in resplendent colours. Here his myriad colours revel in pugnacious nihilism of the reality seen in the child's world today. These are not for cursory glance. Jain's works are aphoristic of his self and he believes in living his life through the reflection of his works.

His works...
Though the strong and benign presence of nature can be felt, the focus is on the "existential agony of children" so to speak. His works depict with great insight and intuition the utter helplessness of the child condemned to hard work and sexual abuse against the back drop of culpable callousness of those in power. If his works with charcoal and mixed media conjure up the agony and anguish of children with an astounding intensity of emotion, his oils, acrylic and mixed media works that delve the joyous expressions of children couldn't miss the sheer joy of a child's life in the innocence of its world. One with its lyrical quality takes us into a world were we will be forced to go back to our bygone esoteric experiences and the other with the dreamlike quality of visuals and colours brings out the poet in Jain. He is an ardent believer in colours and he is a master in using it intelligently. His chromatic compositions are second to none. This unique quality of Jain's works, gives the beholder an experience which remains as an unforgettable visual imprint on his mind.

Ajai Kuruila Jacob