Pala Pothupitiye was born in 1972 in Deniyaya. He is currently based in Colombo and works as a full time professional artist. He has had number of art exhibitions in Sri Lanka as well as internationally. Ancestral Dress, is a series of work that has engaged Pala Pothupitiye's artistic energy for a long time through which he explores a number of interpretations on identity within a discourse of ancestry, tradition, authenticity, urbanity and the dynamics of contemporary art practices.
“Pala is one of Sri Lanka’s most experienced and promising contemporary artists. He works in various media and is best known for his ancestral headdress work. His recent new work, based on maps, is strong, telling the story of how the land takes on the memory and shape of what happens within it and to its people. In Pala’s map work, the land is made up of indigenous people, refugees, the Singhalese emblem of lion, the Tamil Tiger emblem of a tiger. The map of Sri Lanka is reshaped by its recent history” –Annoushka Hempel-
Pala’s work has been shown in international and local art exhibitions extensively and he is the recipient of the ‘Signature Prize’ given by the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation based in Hong Kong.