Shaanea Mendis D'Silva (1982) is a Sri Lankan born visual artist and currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark (2022). She is educated with a BA (Hons) degree from The Lasalle College of The Arts, Singapore (2007) and has exhibited her work in Singapore, Sri Lanka and Mumbai. Her solo feature to date has been held at the Bombay Art Society (Mumbai), Barefoot Gallery (Colombo), Galle Fort Hotel, Kopi Kade, The Lionel Wendt and Harold Pieris' Galleries (Colombo). Since she moved back to Colombo from Mumbai in 2018 she has been included in the Art Trail of the Galle Literary Festival 2019 and participated in several workshops supported by Colomboscope, Pro Helvetia, EUNIC, The British Council, The North South Network, The Alliance Francaise, Theertha Artist's Collective and invited by Geoffrey Bawa Trust to run the gold leaf workshop, a first of the workshop series held at De Saram House . She also engaged in research as a short-term consultant (2020-2021) for the World Bank Group, for 'Creative Cities' that involved engagement with the Tokyo Development Learning Center and Japanese art director Fram Kitagawa and Art Front The Gallery Team, Japan. Shaanea is currently represented by Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo. Her art practice engages in a meditative process where she considers intricate biological patterns and textures from nature used as metaphors to communicate subtle political and social commentary. The use of oxidized iron/rust stains, gold leaf and ink are prominent along with delicate pen and ink and water color renderings. Her digital artwork The 'Helmet Man' went viral on social media as a symbol of protest in light of the recent events surrounding the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka.