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Gunarathne was born in 1976 in Sri Lanka, and currently lives and works in London.


2017 – 2018 The Drawing Year Postgraduate Program, Royal Drawing School, London.

2003 – 2004 Miniature Painting, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan.

1998 – 2002 Four years course in Drawing and Painting, VIBAVI Academy of Fine Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Solo Exhibitions

2022 - ‘Within Boundaries’, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2010 - Me, Myself & I, Exhibition of drawings, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2004 - Exhibition of Paintings, ROHTAS 2 Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.

2000 - Exhibition of Paintings, VAFA Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

1995 - Exhibition of Paintings, City Council Hall, Matale, Sri Lanka.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024 - Indian Art Fair, New Delhi, India.

2023 - Celebrating the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla, Christie’s, London.

2023 - Ralph Lauren, Bonds Street, London.

2023 - RDS Summer Show, London.

2022 - RDS Exhibition, 5 Hertford Street, London.

2023 - 'Foreigners', Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka.

2021 - ‘Missing You’, Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom.

2021 - Highly Commended works, Online Exhibition-The Self-portrait Prize 2021,

            Ruth Borchard Collection, UK.

2020 - Royal Drawing School Summer Show 2020, London

2018 - Best of the Drawing Year- Christie’s, London

2018 - Royal Drawing School, Shoreditch, London

2018 - Space Studio, London 

2018 - One Hundred Thousand Small Tales, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh Shilpakala

            Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh  

2008 - Artful Resistance, Crisis & Creativity in Sri Lanka, Museum of Ethnology, Vienna.

2007 - Chilli Group, National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2007 - Untitled, Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2005 - Sri Lankan Contemporary Art, National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2004 - Aham Puram, Jaffna Public Library, Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

2004 - ‘Space: in/ on/ within/ between’- 8th Annual Artlink Workshop, British Council, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2000 - Artist for Peace Flag Painting Project, Colombo, Sri Lanka.                                                                  

1995 - Sri Lanka-Japan Friendship Art Exhibition, Tamagawa, Tokyo, Japan.

Catalogues/ Publication 

2019 - Artists Book - A-Z of Conflict, by Raking Leaves Publishes.

2010 - ‘I’m Not There’, A Sourcebook for the 8th Edition of the Gwangju Biennale.

2010 - Me Myself & I, OKRM, London

2010 - Artful Resistance: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka by ZKF Publishers, Germany (Asia Art Archive)


  • Dumfries House Art Collection- Scotland 

  • Contemporary British Art Collection.

  • Royal Art Collection (King’s Archive in Kensington Palace) UK.

  • Art Collections, Italy.

  • Sri Lankan Art Collections


2023- An artwork to mark the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla.

2022- Book cover illustration – ‘Spontaneity and form in modern prose’ by Vidyan Ravinthiran- published by Oxford University Press.

2021- ‘Draw the Build’ project by Royal Drawing School

2021- Illustration for IFLA! Issue 7 -Publication by Freezing in LA!


2021 - Festival Artist in Residence – Poetry in Aldeburgh.

2019 - Artist Residency at Dumfries House, Scotland.

2004 - ‘Space- in/ on/ within/ between’- 8th Annual Artlink Workshop, British Council, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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