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Contemporary Indian artist S. Sivabalan’s vibrant, highly realistic paintings transport the viewer into authentic moments of daily life and festivals in rural India. Raised in a historic temple town in Tamil Nadu, his paintings in watercolor and oil aim to express the jubilant mood and visual awe that he experienced in his childhood. His canvases are also noted for the stark contrast of hyper colorful subjects against crisp white backgrounds.

Pride in the customs and culture of India, particularly in the South, is what defines art by S. Sivabalan. From ‘gangireddu’ and decorated elephants walking in processions, to women balancing pots of water on their heads, to vendors stacking their wares on bullock carts, the artist hopes to immortalize such scenes. He explains, “My interest was always with registering paintings which reminds you about our culture, tradition and rural lifestyle. With the fast pace changes we see in our city lifestyle, my paintings would show how people were living for coming generations.”

S. Sivabalan received a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Government college of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam. He has exhibited throughout India, including at government museums in Madurai and Pudukottai, as well as internationally in New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Malaysia.

You are welcome to buy artist S. Sivabalan’s paintings online or view them at our gallery in Palo Alto San (San Francisco Bay Area). All artworks are hand signed by the artist and include a certificate of authenticity.



S. Sivabalan Painting


Are the paintings signed?

Yes, all paintings are signed by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Is shipping available worldwide?

Yes, we offer both domestic and international shipping, and all fees are on actuals. We frequently ship throughout the US as well as to Europe, Africa and Asia.

How are the artworks shipped?

All works including paintings, prints and sculptures are professionally packed. Smaller paintings can be shipped flat, and larger paintings can be unstretched and rolled in a tube. Each shipment is covered by transit insurance.

Are exchanges accepted?

Yes, we do offer exchanges for remote clients who are based in the United States. Paintings must be returned in the same perfect condition in order to be eligible for exchange. Please refer to our FAQ page for more details on our exchange policy.

Are the paintings framed?

No, the paintings are not sold framed. While it is not necessary to frame a canvas, it can be a stylistic choice and help integrate the painting with the existing decor. You can read more advice about framing on our blog.

How should the artwork be taken care of?

As a resource for clients, we have written a guide on the best art care tips for canvases and works on paper.