Haribaabu Naatesan (“Hari”) graduated in Fine Arts from Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Pursuing his dream, he went on to do his post-graduation at the National Institute of Design, (NID) Ahmedabad where he found the space to express his unique style with the unusual, the throw-away, the scrap objects and his ideas first took wings there. At NID, Haribaabu got the platform to exhibit his first solo show and won immense appreciation and accolades. His work and exceptional style got noticed by critics, collectors and fellow artists.
Haribaabu was in demand in the corporate world as the Head of the Animation team for the On Air Promotions at a music channel in Chennai. More opportunities opened up with offers from various media companies and music channels. Haribaabu shifted base to Mumbai then as the Graphic Head for a television production house. In 2009, Haribaabu quit his job and decided to set up his own studio – pursuing a more creative path.
Haribaabu got a solo exhibition at the ‘Out of the Blue’ Lounge in the peak festive season. A stunned audience admired his original work, based on a medium never used before. Since his beginnings in the Mumbai Lounge – Hari’s work has gone far afield, including London.
“I see life in stillness and a beginning in every end”.
Ever wondered what happens to obsolete Walkman’s and obsolete video tapes? To blunt saw blades and to dead cell phones. To ancient floppy discs and fused light bulbs? What happens to what we generally call ‘scrap’? Just because they have out-lived their use, do they deserve to be forgotten away in attics, thrown into bins? Or, just piled up in one corner of a scrap yard?
Science believes "Matter and energy is neither created nor destroyed, it can just change in form”. An unbroken cycle of creation and destruction. And artistic recycling.
Again, this unending cycle is also spiritual in nature – BIRTH and REBIRTH.
And so I see life in stillness and a beginning in every end.
Whenever I see scrap materials, I see a soul waiting to come to life.
I see science merging into art into design into spirituality and
2016 1st – 5th October, Participated in “Repercussions” group show, at Durbar Hall, Kochi, Kerala
2016 9th January, Participated in 49th Annual exhibition 2016 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
2015: 22nd - 28th December Jehanghir Art Gallery, Mumbai, INDIA
2015: 14th –19th June, 4th International “FROM WASTE TO ART” Exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan
2015: 18th – 25th September “KERALA MUSEUM ART RESIDENCY”, Kochi, Kerala, India
2015: 15th February, Plan India Art Auction for charity, Pune, INDIA
2012: February 4th, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Organized by the Kala Ghoda Association, Mumbai, INDIA
2012: September 27th, Sparkles of Soul, A group exhibition by eminent artists, Habitat Centre, INDIA
2011: January 9th, Participated in 44th Annual exhibition 2011 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
2011: August 11th, Solo Exhibition, “Wtf?!” Gallery Art Positive, Lado sarai, New Delhi, INDIA
2011: January 9th, Participated in 44th Annual exhibition 2011 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
2010: October 3rd, Solo Exhibition, “Carbon dating” in Indian art café Gallery, Hyderabad.
2010: May11th, Participated in a group show, at Art Positive Gallery, New Delhi.
2010: April 16th, Participated in a group show, ‘Warrior Exhibition’ at ‘The Gallery at Willesden Green, London, UK.
2010: April 15th, Participated in a group show, ‘The Indian Factory’ at Mocha Art House, New Delhi
2010: January 17th, Participated in ART SOCIETY OF INDIA at Jehangir art gallery, Mumbai
2009: Solo Exhibition “Esthesis” in Out of the blue gallery, Mumbai
2004: Solo Exhibition “Fossils” in National institute of Design gallery, Ahmadabad
1999: Participated in student category, state level art exhibition organized by Lalit kala academy, Chennai
1995: Participated in student artists’ camp organized by Lalit kala academy, Chennai.
Viacom 18, Mumbai
9X Network, Mumbai
Le Sutra, The Indian art Hotel, Mumbai
The Indian Art Café, Hyderabad
Godrej Garden City, Ahmedabad
Think Design Collaborative Delhi, Hyderabad, India.
Matrix Cellular Service Pvt. Ltds, Gurgaon.
Shapoorji Pallonji and Dilip Thacker, Mumbai
Genesis Burson Marsteller Public Relations Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon.
Tamiz Shahar JSC, Baku, Azerbaijan.
BIMA - Bombay Iron Merchant Association, Mumbai.
And Other Private Art Collectors…