Seher as Cultural Partner
Mojarto On Art Fair
India's first Virtual Art Fair
28 to 30 August 2020
India, Sri Lanka, Maldives
Republic of Maldives
Binoy Varghese - India
Binoy is an artist of few words who is adept at expressing his thoughts and concerns through painting. His earlier work included images of saints, churches and other familiar objects as well as self-portraits depicting torment due to violence prevalent in the society. Making a clear departure in his current work which appears more matured and measured, he creates carefully planned compositions in fine imagery though rotating around the same themes. The continuity of thought and basic tenure of the current work is seen to turn more intense and complex in its detailing as his protagonist often a young girl or a child, with an innocent look, smiling and playful, despite having been uprooted from his/her base or home. The accompanying foliage often in the background and occasionally in the foreground helps to soften the blow and make the alien locale appear more acceptable and adaptable. The inspiration and dynamics of his multihued work are derived from photography, cinema and digital media. But the metaphors he uses are the creations of his own mind and not from any resource or library. Indirect references to the surrounding world are retranslated and reframed to speak a different story through his art. Binoy’s ability to draw such a realistic imagery with photo like finish in his drawings and paintings gives his work its distinct look and special appeal.Art Work
Kiyomi Talaulicar - India
A gold-medalist from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai (BFA, Painting, 1986) Kiyomi Talaulicar moved to the USA in 1988. She attained an MFA (Painting, 1993) at East Carolina University where she was awarded the Gravely Foundation Scholarship and the Liquitex Excellence in Art Award. In 2001-02 she won the Jerome Foundation / Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota Scholarship, sponsoring collaboration with artists in other creative media. Her work has been exhibited through various solo, juried and invitational group exhibitions in the United States, England, Dubai and India.
Kiyomi prefers to distill thought and idea, traditionally – to enclose the universe of a multiplicity of feeling into a single and essential image. She starts with a visual idea and maintains it on a highly conscious level, working slowly in layers, as she says “The process of layering and mixing media simultaneously parallels human vulnerability, and reflects the kind of continual self-reinvention that every person experiences throughout a lifetime.” Her process involves contemplation and deliberation on the forms and embodiments of interior spaces and objects, and her paintings often bring to mind, floating imagery in a landscape of memory. She generates the thought picture, refined in tone and structure, drawing the viewer’s gaze to rest in a meditative but free space.
Kiyomi was recently invited by Seher India, in collaboration with Rajasthan Tourism to partake in the International Art Camp for GANDHI UTSAV in Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2019, and by Seher India in collaboration with The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Mayur Gupta - India
Mayur Gupta’s works comes from training and intimate involvement with understanding forms and objects, atmosphere and people. Reliving the memories from his childhood involves him exploring his surroundings with the objects and artefacts collected from Friday Market, antique dealers, Bhangerwalas, scrap dealers, his mother’s kitchen and other such places for inspiration.Art Work
Nupur Kundu - India
NupurKundu specialized in Fine Arts from the College Of Arts, New Delhi and has been exhibiting her abstract works for more than two decades now. She has had a number of Solo and Group Exhibitions both at National and International Level since 1996. She has also achieved SangeetBhaskar in Indian Classical Dance Kathak and has performed on stage for eighteen years. She has been featured in India Today Magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue amongst 30 young successful achievers turning Thirty. Nupur is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Fine Arts, 2008. She received the Junior Fellowship, Ministry Of Culture, Government of India. She is also a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for the Best Contemporary Artist of the Year 2014. She was honored with the Indian Council for UN Relations Award in the field of Fine Arts, 2015. Nupur has also worked closely with special children by conducting workshops. She has held Multi Media workshops for the British Council of India; IFFCO & Tihar Jail. She has also judged various Art Competitions – For the Times of India and for Hindustan Times; At the RashtrapatiBhawan for school children; YMCA; Airport Authority of India, Jindal Steel and All India Camlin Art Competition. She is a board Member on DPS School Sirsa and also on the Panel of NGO Shoobh Group. Her works are in private collections both nationally and internationally. The Artist works and lives in New Delhi.Art Work
Samindranath Majumdar - India
Born in 1966, Samindranath Majumdar has completed his post graduation in History of Art from Rabindra Bharati University. He is an artist, art writer, art teature and an art activist.
As a practicing artist he has been showing his works in several group shows all over the country and abroad since 1988. He also has 8 solo exhibitions to his credit. He has received three national level rewards and several state level awards for his paintings.
He has received Ebrahim Alkazi Endowment Scholarship for pursuing research work. He has also co-authored a book named "The Great Journey of Shapes: Collages of Nandalal Bose".
Samindranath Majumdar has curated an international art exhibition in ICCR, Kolkata with Emergent Art Space, San Francisco, 2016.
He has participated in several national and international art camps in India and abroad since 1995 including ASEAN workshop, 2016.
He teaches Fine Arts (Painting) at the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Kolkata.
Sanjeewa Kumara - Sri Lanka
Sanjeewa Kumara has developed a conspicuous style over his last 15 years as an artist. Having gained his BA in Fine Arts in Colombo, Kumara pursued a Diploma and Masters in The Netherlands. Since graduating, he has exhibited internationally, largely in Sri Lanka and Europe. Kumara returned to the University of Kelaniya in 2005 as a visiting lecturer.
Sanjeewa Kumara’s surreal and fantastical artworks are self-declared ‘pictures’. ‘An abstract painting is a painting because it dwells primarily on the material and the surface,’ states Sanjeewa, ‘but ‘picture’ implies a space one goes into.’ The eclectic, electric-hued compositions provide far more than purely aesthetic pleasure; instead, they delve into the heart of Sri Lanka’s colonial and post-colonial legacy, and questions what is meant by ‘self’ in South Indian art and culture.
Sanjeewa has spoken of the many challenges facing post-colonial artists today, highlighting the difficulty of the attempt ‘both to resurrect their culture and to combat preconceptions about their cultural identity – against the confines posed by Western discourse.’ His own artwork tackles this thorny question with a youthful energy, blending social conscience with aesthetic playfulness to create artistic forums that call for artists and viewers to question existing identities
Sujeewa Kumari - Sri Lanka
Sujeewa KumariWeerasinghe holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Research Visual Arts And Media from Dutch Art Institute (2004) and a BFA in Painting from University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka (1998). Weerasinghe’s recent works come to terms with de-realised memories derived by history, tradition and daily life to formulate an artistic synthesis of new cultural images. She focuses on 18th and 19th century photographs of Sri Lanka, reusing these images – transformed, juxtaposed, overlapped and superimposed throughout her work. The freedom to use images in such a way empowers her to re-layer history.
Weerasinghe’s work has featured at the Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2018), the Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo (2016), The Garden of Eden, ShaliniGanendra Fine Art, Petaling Jaya (2013/2014), Between Kismet and Karma: South Asian Woman Artists Respond to Conflict, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (2010), Return in Search of Stillness, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh (2017) and ARTFUL RESISTANCE Crisis and Creativity in Sri Lanka, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Vienna (2008).
Shimanie Shareef - Repulic of Maldives
ShimanieShareef is a self-taught artist, illustrator and art teacher.
She has been practising as an artist in the Maldives for over 10 years.
Her artworks revolve mainly around the themes for Maldivian folklore, history and culture, though many other artworks have been produced outside of this too.
During these years Shimanie’s works have been exhibited at the National Art Gallery of Maldives, published in books and magazines as well.
Some Maldivian folklore and history have been glorified or diluted by being passed down from generation to generation and little has been documented in writing. It drives her imagination to think about what could have been or join the dots from the little pieces of documentation available to composition pieces bring history into compelling visuals and inspire others to explore their history.