Prabhavathi Meppayil was born in 1965 in Bangalore, India. The daughter of a goldsmith, she combines her knowledge of this ancient art with a contemporary artistic language. Making extensive use of materials and utensils in her artistic practice, she works on gessoed panels, incising simple engraved patterns repeated at regular intervals, which form abstract and minimal compositions, but at the same time have a sensual dimension. Although gold is absent from her work, it is evoked through metonymy. Meppayil’s work brings the contemporary craftsmanship of South Asia into dialogue with the themes of western art since the 1960s: minimalism, monochrome and serial repetition.
Prabhavathi Meppayl has exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), the American Academy in Rome (2014), Pace London (2014) and gallery Johnen in Berlin (2014). Some of her works are shown at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Accrochage” (2016).