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Iromie Wijewardena

Iromie Wijewardena

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Born 1954


Iromie’s paintings essentially portray women. Her muses of late havebeen the rural village women, dancers and musicians, giving them respect andstature of creator and home makers. The women in her paintings exude beauty andsensuality despite the hardships they have to endure in their daily lives.Through the use of vibrant contrasts and expressive colour, she creates a senseof appreciation for those women whose hard work is constantly overlooked.

  • Acquired Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University ofKelaniya in 1982;

  • Scholarship to Wilson College, Pennsylvania, USA, in1978;

  • Awarded Presidents prize for Best Painting, CeylonSociety of Arts Award and first prize for Landscape Painting, Figure Composition,Animal Composition and Traditional Art in1984;

  • Zonta Woman Achievement Award given in 1998;

  • Member of Painting & Sculpture Panel, Arts Councilof Sri Lanka (1988-1992) and the Art & Sculpture Education Board,University of Kelaniya (1992-5)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • The Noble Sage Gallery, London (2012);

  • Iromie Wijewardena Book Launch & SoloExhibition, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (2006);

  • Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo (2004);

  • Atrium Gallery, Oberoi Hotel, Colombo (2001);

  • Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo (1999, 1996, 1994,1990, 1989 and 1973);

  • Artist Centre Gallery, Mumbai (1978)

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Figuration from India, Sri Lankan and Pakistan, TheNoble Sage, London (2011);

  • ‘Beyond Borders’ at the Nehru Centre, UnitedKingdom (2009);

  • Exhibition to celebrate 60 years of Independence ofSri Lanka at the Mona Bismark Foundation in Paris (2008)

  • Sri Lankan Contemporaries, The Noble Sage, London(2007);

  • Colours of Life Exhibition, Cymroza Art Gallery,Mumbai (2006);

  • SAARC ARTIST MEET, New Delhi (2002; Opera Gallery,Singapore (2002-6);

  • Symphony in Colour, National Art Gallery, Colombo(1988);

  • Second Asian Art Exhibition, Fukuoka, Japan (1985);Second Asian Biennale Exhibition, Bangladesh (1983)


  • Honoured by the SAARC Cultural Centre onInternational Women’s Day (2012);

  • Zonta Award – ‘Woman of Achievement’ for Fine Artsand Designing (1998)