Mohan Varma, who hails from Thrissur, completed his Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Government Fine Arts College, and has been working as an illustrator for the Kerala State Institute of Languages since 1975.
Although he is deaf, he proves that physical disability is no obstacle to art. From beautiful landscapes to poignant depiction of poverty, he works on a wide canvas.
His paintings speak volumes of his talent and his paper collages stand out with brilliant colour tones. He won a Kerala State Award for the most efficient differently-abled employee in 1995.
‘Shades of Silence’, was his first major exhibition at the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 2016, and was organised by Talking Hands, a team of deaf and hearing employees in Allianz India, in association with SignTv, an online deaf news channel.