Curriculum Vitae

Rajny Krishnan

  • Dreamer
  • Sculptor and Painter
  • Visualizer, Designer
  • Educator, Professor of Practice, Visiting Faculty

Academic Qualification:

  • July 2000: Qualified in Eligibility for Lectureship through National Educational Test by University Grants Commission, India
  • 1997 to 1999: Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Madras. Gold medallist and rank holder
  • 1993-94: Certificate course in 2d and 3d modelling and animation, Vector Institute, L V Prasad Laboratories, Chennai
  • 1986 to 1989: Diploma course in Drawing, Painting and Sculpture at Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Chennai – Tutelage of Painter K.Sreenivasulu and Sculptor Kalasagaram Rajagopal

Professional Experience


  • Professor of Practice at the Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras from March 2017 to present – Art, Aesthetics and Form Design
  • Guest Faculty – Art History of Contemporary sculpture and Modern Indian Art at Government College of Fine Arts, Egmore, Chennai – 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • Guest faculty – Art, Aesthetics and Form Design at the Department of Engineering Design, IIT- Madras in 2005-06 and 2009 to 2017
  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, Chennai between 2000-04, 2009-10, 2014-April 2015
  • Guest faculty in IIITDM, Kanchipuram in Design and Graphic Art during 2011-12
  • Delivered Guest Lectures and Invited Art and Design Workshops at the following colleges – CSIR-Taramani, JBAS College for Women, Chennai, KSR College of Engineering, Erode, IIITDM and IIT-M, Chennai


  • Received and accomplished several for Sculptural commissions for statues, murals and Portraits in Bronze, Fibreglass Resin, Plaster and Terracotta.
  • Painting and drawing commissions in oils, acrylics and pen and ink for public and private collections. Participation in several Group and Solo exhibitions.
  • Design consultant in Aesthetics for industry- aided engineering design projects such as mobility aids, mechatronic and robotic projects
  • Design Thinking Workshops and Creativity Workshops and art competitions for Air quality management, IIT Madras
  • Sole assistant to Sculptor Kalasagaram Rajagopal in a dozen commissioned Portrait Sculptures (From 1987 to 1995)
  • Founder Trustee, Krishna Nupur Cultural Trust in May 1995 in Madras, a registered non-profit foundation to encourage art, art therapy, craft and culture among children and challenged people

Commissions for Sculpture

  • 2024 April: Bronze Bust of Thyagi Thiru Munusamy, Bandahalli, Tamil Nadu
  • 2023 February: Bronze Bust of (Late) Shri K S Rangaswamy, KSRIET, Erode
  • 2004 December: Life size bronze Bust of (Late) Mr. Mammen Mappillai, Founder, Ex-Chairman, MRF Limited, Madras
  • 2003 April: Life size Bronze Bust of Dr. Prof.C.R.Rao, Eminent Statistician, Retired from Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A
  • 2002 December: Life size Bust of (Late) Swami Omkarananda, Rishikesh
  • 2001 June: Bas relief Terracotta Mural for Reception Hall,The Hindu Welfare Centre, Madras
  • 2000 November: Life size Fibreglass Resin Bust of Miss. Kira Plaetz, Germany
  • 1999 December: Life size Bronze Bust of Dr. Prof. Sc. Dieter Beck of Germany,for Anna University, Madras
  • 1995 August: One and half times Life size Bronze Statue of a seated meditating young woman for a Health Farm, Bangalore

Exhibition History

Solo Shows

  • 2023: Online Show – Sarala’s Artworld, Chennai
  • 2015 November: Arthouz, Chennai – Paintings
  • 2002 September: Manasthala, Madras – Terracotta Sculpture
  • 2000 April: Vinyasa Art Gallery, Madras,Bronze and Terracotta Sculpture and Drawings
  • 2000 January: Ramana Nagar, Tiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu-Paintings, sculpture
  • 1994 February: Neil Rossner Bungalow, Tiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu- Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings

Group Shows

  • 2018 February: Kalakshetra Alumni Art Show, New Delhi – Painting and Mural
  • 2018 January: Kalakshetra Alumni Art Show, Lalit Kala Akademi – Chennai – Painting
  • 2016 February: Artists’ Conclave, Arthouz, Chennai – Sculpture, Painting
  • 2014 November: Saptha, Kasturi Sreenivasan Gallery, Coimbatore – Sculpture
  • 2014 August: Madras Jasmine, ABS and Art Houz Chennai – Sculpture
  • 2013 August: Madras Show, ABS, Chennai – Painting
  • 2008 August: The Madras Canvas II, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai – Sculpture
  • 2006 August: Hues Art Gallery, Chennai – Sculpture
  • 2006 July: Kala Utsav, The Park, Chennai, Sculpture
  • 2005 August: Women@rt , Forum Art Gallery, Chennai- Sculpture
  • 2005 July: Art in the yard, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai – Painting
  • 2004 August: Charity Show, Amethyst, Madras- Painting
  • 2002 April: Le Salon De Printemps, La Société Lyonnaise des Beaux Arts, Lyon, France – Sculpture
  • 2002 June: Charity Show, Amethyst, Madras- Painting
  • 2002 Jan-Feb: Preview show to Lyon’s SLBA, The Russian Cultural Centre, Madras – Sculpture
  • 2001 August: Lalit Kala Mela, Lalit Kala Academy, Madras-Sculpture
  • 2000 August: Annual Art exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Madras – Sculpture
  • 2000 June: Affordable Art show, Lakshana Art Gallery, Hyderabad – Drawing, Sculpture
  • 2000 April: Affordable Art show, Vinyasa Art Gallery, Madras – Painting, Sculpture
  • 2000 March: Kavithai Oviya Kankatchi, Centenary Museum hall – Painting
  • 1999 August: Annual Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Madras – Sculpture
  • 1997 August: 50 Years of Independence show, Lalit Kala Academy, Madras – Sculpture
  • 1997 February: Amarantos’97, Values Art Foundation, Madras – Sculpture
  • 1988 March: Annual Group Show, Kalakshetra, Russian Consulate – Painting and Sculpture
  • 1987 April: Kalakshetra Students’ Show, Alliance Francaise de Madras – Painting and Sculpture