Celebrating the Legacy of K. A. Francis

Honoring the Life and Art of an Iconic Indian Painter and Visionary Leader

K. A. Francis (1947–2023) was a celebrated Indian Malayali painter and influential art community figure. Born in Kurumbilavil, Thrissur, Kerala, Francis served as Chairman of Kerala Lalitakala Academy and editor of Malayala Manorama Weekly. Renowned for his landscape paintings and innovative newspaper designs, he received accolades including the Kerala Lalithkala Academy award and a National Award. As the son of K.P. Antony Master, founder of Universal Arts, Francis championed children’s art competitions and participated in tantric painting exhibitions, continuing his father’s legacy. His life and work remain a testament to his dedication to the arts.

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Small is Beautiful:
An Artistic Marathon

After dedicating 52 years to Malayala Manorama, K. A. Francis retired at the age of 75. Refusing to stay idle, he embraced his passion for painting, creating an astounding 1000 paintings in just six months. Each artwork, rendered on small canvases, showcases his dedication and creativity. This remarkable collection is now on display at Kochi's Durbar Hall in an exhibition aptly named "Small is Beautiful."

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Colors of Kerala

Oct 21, 2021 – Oct 30, 2021

Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Kochi

Beyond Boundaries

Oct 21, 2021 – Oct 30, 2021

Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Whispers of Tradition

Oct 21, 2021 – Oct 30, 2021

Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala

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