Much of Chonat’s work is a direct statement on the urban way of life. Chonat has worked with varied media – from acrylic on paper, to installations, to public art on the street. Through all of these however, the artist makes a conscious choice in his medium and his message. A strong sense of disillusionment is seen in much of his work, even though it may sometimes appear celebratory.
Chonat received his Bachelor’s degree from Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore, in 1994, and his Post-Diploma from the Faculty of Fine Arts at M. S. University, Baroda, in 1996. While in art school, he was awarded a scholarship by the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi as well as the Ramkumar Kejriwal Scholarship. Chonat’s most recent solo shows were presented by GallerySke at Project 88, Mumbai; GallerySke, Bangalore; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore; Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Ske, Bangalore; Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, Miami; and Gallerie Enrico Navarra, Paris. Chonat lives and works in Bangalore.