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Village Scene

17 x 26 cm
Signed. 1940

Donald Ramanayake

Donald Ramanayake (1920-1993) was a Sri Lankan landscape artist. His early education was at Cathedral College, Kotahena and Trinity College, Kandy. As a young boy, he would ride a bicycle to scenic spots to paint, usually choosing secluded places screened by trees. Ramanayake was took lessons from Mudliyar A.C.G.S. Amarasekera and was influenced by David Paynter and the man he called his ‘Guru’, Alexander Sofronoff, who improved Ramanayake’s style and technique, and taught him composition, blending of colors, rhythm and flow. Today Ramanayake is considered one of Sri Lanka’s most gifted landscape painters.