CHAMINDRA DE SILVA ABEYEWICKREME
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Wildlife Conservation & Art
Autodidact in Art
Chamindra de Silva Abeyewickreme is a hyper-real wildlife artist, purposeful in showcasing the unique beauty and wonder of the natural world. Predominantly working on threatened or
endangered subjects he strives to help conservation, educate and create awareness for these species. An autodidact in pencil and brush, his unique detailing style is evident in his works of Art.
Born in the tropical paradise island of Sri Lanka which boasts a rich multicultural, religious, and ethnic history of over two millennia, in a little urban town named Dehiwala hugging the
beautiful western coastal belt. As a little boy, he experienced frequent vibrant sunset skylines and fondly recalls the many hours spent helping his grandmother in the garden who nurtured his
love for nature. Nurtured in a loving homely environment with two older siblings molding the character who he is today. His talent and passion for drawing were evident from a very early stage, as he vividly recalls the encouragement and guidance given by his mother together with a keen eye saw him drawing for many hours. Armed with pencil and paper he was in his element, one with the world around. It is this love, connection, and passion that drives him today.
Educated in a prestigious catholic boy's school, St. Peter's College, Colombo (1981-1994). His most loved subjects were Science and Art. As he climbed to the senior grades most schoolmates knew him as ‘the artist’ due to his standard in the subject. Being an average all-around student a highlight of his school sports career was representing the college hockey team which won the all Island Championship, under 13, and runners-up under 19 (1986 -1993). Concluding his school academic career he joined a local Television station as an Assistant producer of TV commercials, working his way through to a senior non-linear video/film editor.
Professionally he was a highly motivated and experienced, non-linear editor, 2D & 3D graphic artist, and compositor for over 20 years in varied system platforms. Attention to detail together
with a novel creative, curious outlook fuelled his passion to reach new heights. His work experience expanded internationally, one of his career milestones’s been working with Discovery
Channel. Ironically it was through these very documentaries that he learned the alarming rate at which wildlife and nature are being destroyed and becoming extinct. The deep-rooted passion
and feeling he had towards the wild triggered to action, help rally the cause for awareness and conservation of wildlife.
As a result in 2017, he ventured into a new chapter in his professional career as a Wildlife Artist, Through countless hours of honing and learning techniques which he stumbled into new realms of talent he never knew existed. Together with this newfound knowledge, skill, and passion for art he hopes to trigger a positive change in the future of our fragile world. He states that this is his life's calling. The joy and satisfaction he encounters, bringing an empty canvas to 'Life', giving it purpose, meaning and enthusiasm are 'beyond words' he claims.
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