Solias Mendis (June 17, 1897 – September 1, 1975) was a
renowned Sri Lankan (Sinhala) artist primarily known for his Buddhist
temple paintings, accomplished in a neo-classical style.
A native of Mahawewa,
Madampe in Sri Lanka, second of seven boys in
the family, Mendis was intended by his parents to become an Ayurveda
Physician, but he was drawn to art. In his early years, he worked
and trained alongside his uncle Memonis Silva, himself a master
painter. Once accomplished himself, he began painting murals in
Buddhist temples. Later such as Rannasgalla Vihara and Maddepola
Vihara.The Buddhist monks and devotees who saw magnificent style
decided to call him to paint in Kelani Vihara. In order to increase
his skills Mendis visited India to examine the works of Ajanta Caves,
Bagh Caves and Sarnath, which inspired him to mingle the
techniques of Indian
Buddhist art with the traditions of Sinhalese
classical art, eschewing the then prevalent European traditions.
At around the age of 30, he undertook a twenty-year project to
complete the Kelaniya Vihara murals. His style was unique, from
graceful brush strokes to perspective.
Wall painting at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara-
Painting by Solias Mendis
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A Genius Of Art Solias Mendis
Wall Paintings in Kaleniya Temple by Solias Mendis
Solias Mendis paintings at Ke