"As far back as my memory takes me, I remember myself with a drawing tool in my hands. Robbing charcoals from my neighbor’s warehouse and drawing on large walls opposite my home, was the most exciting time that I remember. Energy, vigor and depth always intrigued me since childhood. My father, an extremely creative and imaginative person, pushed my creative limits, which added life to my shapes and forms. His narration of a story used to be a breathtaking experience and that became the basis of my communication through art. My gentle mother is my role model for my emotional connect with life and all it encompasses. History, modern viewpoint to mythology, festivity, people, wildlife, music, local outdoor... life around me became my main source of life energy."
I consider myself blessed for being born into a cultural Indian family that revolved around art, literature, music, spiritualism and education and above all for having intellectual and highly supportive parents. Mine has been a colorful journey that began by drawing on walls opposite the house with charcoals, at Mandvi a small town in Gujarat. Parental influence added life into my shapes and forms. The impact of the stories narrated to me by my father - stories of The Arabian Nights, Indian and European History, Wildlife, etc, became the basis of my communication through art. The enlightening guidance of my mother, the spine of my family, inspired me to set my goals. This highly positive influence of formative years continues to inspire me till date.
SIR J. J. SCHOOL OF ARTS in Mumbai was a dream that I had cherished for long time and to my great joy, I saw it being fulfilled. I GOT IN WITH HONORS, TOPPING THE ENTRANCE EXAM. I chose applied arts, for Applied art is the art of communication. For me, whether it’s interior, fine art or performing art, they all are different forms of communication.
After Sir J.J. Shool of Arts, my next step was Lintas, which was every students dream at that time. My time at Lintas was an enriching experience. But soon I felt a longing to further reinvent and explore the artist within me. There was a strong creative urge to set new goals and explore new horizons.
I quit Lintas and later signed my first contract to create nightclubs with my own creative vision. Life for me was now... large surfaces, joyous colors and a strong message. These projects took center stage in my life at that point in time and remain close to my heart till date. The industry liked me and I liked the industry. This was an extension of my personality. I worked on a number of night clubs like Fire-N-Ice, Circus-Circus, Sahara-Amby Valley, J49, Go Bananas, etc in Mumbai... in the capacity of an artist as well as a creative director to design the interior spaces. I also worked on installations for Fun Republic, Oswal group, Sanderson group, etc. I am credited with having designed the TALLEST SCULPTURE in stainless steel and the LARGEST MURAL amongst others. It was exhilarating to know that my creations became prime spots in the city.
Soon I felt it was time for me to explore further. I started a multi-faceted, creative consultancy firm dealing with design solutions for MNC’s and Corporates. This combo of expertise (knowledge of advertising and branding due to my qualifications and time at Lintas, as well as interior decoration due to all the clubs i designed) turned me towards a very potent field called Visual Merchandising. I became a sole creative support to various agencies. I then moved on to Percept-H to start a separate profit center for VM and head it as director. I continued to paint through this time to satiate my love for art. Soon I gave in to the canvas n its call...
I HAD TWO SOLO SHOWS AT RONAK ART GALLERY IN MUMBAI - ONE WHILE I WAS STILL WITH PERCEPT-H, AND THE SECOND SOON AFTER I LEFT PERCEPT TO PERSUE FINE ART FULL TIME. THEN IN OCTOBER 2008 I HAD ANOTHER SOLO SHOW AT X-CUBE MUMBAI. I FOLLOWED THIS UP WITH A FOURTH SHOW... AN OPEN STUDIO, FROM MY OWN STUDIO SPACE.
My work is a blend of modernity and tradition. While some of my paintings ooze energy in abundance, others see me using techniques and skills, which define new boundaries. I have been asked many a times what inspiration I draw from both? I believe inspiration is something that cannot be drawn otherwise it becomes an obvious process of learning. Exposure to traditional as well as modern or contemporary paintings is a joyful experience and there is a give and take between me and the art.
I have an insatiable thirst for exploring and reinventing the artist within me and I continuously keep driving and motivating myself to approach and master new horizons all the time. Today I am an independent artist painting and exploring infinite horizons of art. In the past I explored the subjects of Harmony; Lord Shankar and episodes of his life like Ganga Avataran, Samudramanthan, and Tandav, etc; Viraat Swaroop from Shree Mad Bhagvat Geeta; Brahmastra from Ramayana; Maa Durga, Maa Amba, Jatayu etc. These mythological stories and their relevance to present life had been the main focus of my expressions.
At present my series is introspective, trying to build a bridge between different mediums and styles of art. I am exploring the abstract genre to communicate my thoughts. Its a SOLILOQUY.
My life and my dreams are driven by a philosophy very aptly described by OSHO that - ‘God is not a person somewhere, God is only a collective name of the whole creative energy of the universe.’ And as a painter I am an extension of it, so I believe I have a role to play. A role as a painter to help create harmony.
Harmony is beauty and beauty is godliness; beauty is the only proof of progress. It is my mission to create Public Art pieces across the globe... pass a message to make one think again about animal rights, religious exploitation, cleanliness, antipollution, etc. Harmony is the answer and art has a purpose... a purpose to communicate that Colors are not to segregate but to relate. Lines are not to divide but to guide. To pass the sublime message of Love and Respect... two key words by which humanity should be driven.
I remember years back, around 96-97, PAINTING A WALL IN JUHU MUMBAI, IN THE STREET, based on man, woman and Jesus Christ. To my surprise IT DREW THE ATTENTION OF A LEADING NEWSPAPER. They found out about me and created a story around my dream. It got tremendous response. More people wanted to know about it. In fact it was the first time an initiative of this kind was taken up independently by an artist. This got the BMC authorities excited and they themselves called the newspapers and declared that the painter could paint anywhere in the City. I loved the kind of response I got for my message. It was nice to know that a lot of people wanted to make a difference. This was my dream from age of 16 and I saw the sense of possibility. I would love to explore this and to take Public Art onto a global scale with inter-exchange of styles, schools and culture.
MY JOURNEY SO FAR HAS BEEN EXCITING. I FEEL BLESSED. THE ENTIRE PROCESS HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT A JOURNEY OF EVOLUTION AS A PAINTER. AND THROUGH MY ENTIRE JOURNEY, ONE THING HAS REMAINED COMMON... I HAVE BEEN AN ACTIVE PAINTER. REST OF IT IS NOTHING BUT THE JUICE OF MY JOURNEY AS AN ARTIST. ART IS IN MY SOUL AND I CANNOT IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT A CANVAS AND PAINT BRUSH IN MY HAND.
I believe in creating art that is beautiful, authentic, real, trendy and yet timeless. Above all, my work should be full of energy and exude ecstasy.
I have a fully integrated studio at Saki Naka (Andheri) in Mumbai and also at Koregaon Park, Pune.