Siva Balan (b. 1976) received his M.F.A. in Painting from the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam. His works are vibrant depictions of rural life, portraying scenes from the everyday. The plain white backgrounds give the subjects space to breathe, showing the colours more brightly and lending the works a joyous shade. His works have been exhibited in Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Pondicherry, Mumbai, Kochi, Singapore, New York and others. Balan has received awards at the state and national level, and his works are a part of collections in India and abroad.