About the Artist :
I have been painting since the last 30 year. The medium I have been working on is rice paper on canvas. I feel the medium has a great effect on the texture. It appears as the though water colors, ink and mixed media used are sucked into the rice paper giving depth and transparency to the paintings. I use squares to make it appear earthly.
Over the years I have moved from brighter to lighter colors from gross to subtle aspects of paintings.
The scriptural writing from Sanskrit or AUM forms an integral part of my work, AUM is the primordial sound from which the whole universe has been created .
My art is reflective above the systems and cycles that are fundamental to our lives. I find that we tend to organize our ideas and behavior into systems that are known as patterns. The patterns I use in my art reflects my perceptions of the course of my life as well as human behavior. These patterns are often used upon simple geometric forms and structures.
Circles, squares, spirals, lines etc. are so basic. They frequently show up in my artwork. I use them to create rhythm. It’s the play between rhythms and ideas that interest me. By using these basic elements I am able to create an art that builds a framework of my ideas.
Over the years the patterns I have used have evolved considerably. I now approach patterns almost like I approach colors. I search for the right match to the form. I am more concerned with the rhythms of the painting.
My focus has always been abstract art. I am attracted to its total freedom of formulation. Abstract takes more than seeing – its takes contemplation. To see beyond what is seen.
It’s amazing to note how you invent yourself with each new body of work. I want the work to be in a state of becoming, to be open to receive the unexpected.
1990-92 MA- MASTER OF ART IN CREATIVE PAINTINGS FROM FACULTY OF FINE ARTS, M.S. UNIVERSITY, BARODA, INDIA
1992 FACULTY OF FINE GALLERY, BARODA, INDIA 1993 LALIT KALA ACADEMY, AHMEDABAD, INDIA 1994 *DARK MYSTERY* VAN GOGH STUDIO, INDIA OSHO COMMUNE INTERNATIONAL, PUNE, INDIA 1995 *SHUNYA KA DARSHAN* MEERA – 5, OSHO COMMUNE INTERNATIONAL, PUNE, INDIA 1996 *INNER REVOLUTION* BALGANDHARVA (ART GALLERY), PUNE, INDIA 1997 KHUSBOO ART GALLERY, PUNE, INDIA 1997 *MOON*THE NICHE ART GALLERY, PUNE, INDIA 2000-02 LITTLE ITALY ARTE MYSTICA, GOA, INDIA 2001 STADSBIBLIOTEKET, ANGEL HOLM, ITALY 2001-3 INDIAN ART GALLERY, LONDON, UK 2003-5 LITTLE INDIA GALLERY, CATANIA, CISLY, ITALY 2003-4 GALLERIE LEELA, MUMBAI, INDIA 2003-7 CINE WONDER, THANE, MUMBAI, INDIA 2003-7 CINE MAX, GOREGAON (WEST) MUMBAI, INDIA 2005 NEHRU ART GALLERY, WORLI, MUMBAI, INDIA 2005 PRESS CLUB, MUMBAI, INDIA 2005-07 EIGHTH ELEPHANT CONTEMPORARY ART; 111 FRONT STREET, GALLERY #220, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11201 2006-07 SIGNATURE WORKS, SUBSIDIARY OF M/S. NEW MARCHANTS` INTERNATIONAL L.I.C. DUBAI: 2010 October 18 -October 25 LE CAUDAN WATERFRONT, PORT LOUIS – MAURITIUS.
1984 ARTIST CAMP AT MANDU (M.P.) 1989 ARTIST CAMP AT MOUNT ABU (RAJ) 1989 UTSAV TRADITIONAL ART CAMP, SANSKAR KENDRA, AHMEDABAD, INDIA 1990 ALL INDIA ARTIST CAMP AT UDAIPUR (RAJ), INDIA 1997 BIRLA CENTURY ART GALLERY, WORLI, MUMBAI, INDIA 1998 SOCIETY- INSIDE OUTSIDE”, PUNE, INDIA 2005 EIGHTH ELEPHANT CONTEMPORARY ART: ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN WORLD: MODERNIST AND AVANT-GARDE ART FROM INDIA’, NEW YORK, 11201: 2010 DOLNA-THE MOVEMENT, IS ABSOLUTELY ELATED REGARDING ITS MUCH-AWAITED INDIA ART EXHIBITION, PART OF A LARGER PROGRAM - THE WEEK LONG DOLNA ART EXPEDITION TO BE HELD AT MAURITIUS. ALL THANKS TO THE CULMINATION OF LIKE MINDED ENTITIES MAURITIUS TOURISM PROMOTION AUTHORITY, AIR MAURITIUS AND MARA DIVA VILLAS RESORTS & SPA WHO SHARE THE BELIEF THAT IF ARTISTS ARE MADE TO EXPERIENCE THE DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE AND PLACES, IT CAN INFLUENCE THE CREATION OF DISTINCTIVE ART.
1983-87 FREE INTEREST LOAN Scholarships, GUJARAT GOVERNMENT, INDIA 1992 MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FROM M.S. UNIVERSITY, BARODA, INDIA 1994-95 NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP FROM MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCES, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, 2005HTTP://WWW.ARTMAJEUR.COM/ANTAR VARTAN / SILVER AWARD_2005to 2010