Born in Chennai, India, 1984. With a BFA, 2008 and MFA, 2010 from the Government College of Arts, Chennai, Janarthanan has received the Runner up of Emerging Artist of the Year Award 2015, Bestcollegeart, New Delhi. His works explore the idea of the self, both at the physical and metaphorical level. The notion of physical absence/presence fascinates him and he translates this concept into his work using the notion of a trace. His select solo shows include Nest, Art World gallery, Chennai, 2013; Care, Apparao Art, Chennai and New Delhi, 2009. His select group shows include The Annual 2016, ARTS FOR ALL RESIDENCY, New Delhi,2016; The Emerging Collective', Art District X111, New Delhi,2015; Art Spotting;, Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi, 2015; The Deep Inside, Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, 2015; NH 7 + 47:Southern Sojourn, Art Gallery, Dubai, 2015; Monochromes: Lustres: Metal, Apparao Galleries, Chennai, 2015; The Art of Chess, India Art Fair, New Delhi, 2011. The artist lives and works in Chennai.