Born 1952 in Hissar (Haryana), Viren did his Diploma in Drawing and Painting from Government College of Art, Chandigarh in 1974.
He received a British Council Scholarship to study at the Slade School of Arts, London during 1984-85. He was a General Council Member of the Lalit Kala Akademi, during 1984-89, member of the Programme Committee for N.Z.C.C., Patiala during 1987-89 and Secretary of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi in 1997-2000. Since 2003 he has been appointed Secretary of Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi.
His solo shows include Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh in 1998; Mumbai in 1984 and Fine Arts Museum Chandigarh in 1998. He has also participated in a number of National and International shows including Germany in 2001; Sothebys exhibition/auction of contemporary Indian paintings in 1995-96; the Museum of Contemporary Art at Mexico in 1995; Eighth International Triennale at Berlin in 1987 and National Exhibition of Arts at New Delhi in 1979-2000. He has received several awards including the Kala Shree and Dr.M.S.Randhawa Memorial Award by AIFACS, New Delhi in 1997 and 1985 respectively. He has also been honoured by the Punjab Lalit Kala Academy.
Viren’s work stands out for its brilliant compositions and minute technical details, which have an emotive, feel for human problems. Appreciating the art of Viren, B.N. Goswamy said, “Viren’s work has always commanded attention, but these are works that are possessed with an unusual presence. They beckon and rivet, but they do not become wholly accessible, as if instinctively realizing that there is a certain virtue in holding one self back. The result is that one stands in front of them, full of question, some asked, others unasked...
He lives and works in Chandigarh.
US AMONG THEM - acrylic on canvas - 48” x 60” - 2005