Born in Kerala’s Kakkoor village, N. N. Rimzon (b. 1957) studied sculpture at the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum and followed it up with an M.A. in the subject from Baroda’s M.S. University. He also studied in the Royal College of Art in London with the help of an Inlaks scholarship. During this learning phase, Rimzon’s figures seem to reflect the concerns emanating from a leftist background in Kerala. The sculptor’s later work reveal postmodernist nuances in their attitudes, but the social-radical statement continues as an important motif, particularly in a work as direct and unambiguous as The Tools.
Rimzon has held shows in galleries in New Delhi, Amsterdam, New York and Brisbane; these also include theme-based events and group shows. He was nominated for the Sotheby’s Award for Contemporary Indian Art in 1998.