Born at Panadura, an outskirt locality of Colombo in 1962, Vithanage emerged as an acclaimed visual translator of inner conflicts carried by ordinary people along with their journey for individual freedom.

He has received international acclaim for ‘Sisila Gini Gani’ (Ice of Fire), ‘Anantha Rathriya’ (The Dark Night of Soul), ‘Akasa Kusum’ (Flowers of the Sky), ‘Pura Handa Kaluwara’ (The Death on a Full Moon Day), ‘Ira Madiyama’ (August Sun), ‘Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka’ (With You, Without You), ‘Usawiya Nihandai’ (Silence in the Courts) etc.