Jagath Weerasinghe is an artist who received his BFA from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies and the University of Kelaniya and an MFA from American University, Washington D.C. He is a founding member of the Theertha Artists Collective and the National Trust of Sri Lanka. He is also a conservator of mural paintings, trained at ICROM, Rome and the Getty Conservation Institute, USA. He has received numerous awards, including the David Lloyed Kreeger Award, American University; Bunka Cultural Award, Sri Lanka; Hirayama Silk Road Fellowship; Visiting Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University of London; ICCROM Fellowship for Conservation Studies, ICCROM, Rome; Visiting Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, South Africa and Visiting Scholar, University of California at Berkeley and at University of Texas. Currently he is a professor at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology at the University of Kelaniya teaching and is researching History of Art History, History and Theory of Archaeology and Heritage Preservation.