Sub-cover artist, Arts Illustrated
‘Different narrations or incidents discussed in Ramayana, Mahabharata or the Puranas, and their mythological characters are the main subjects of my paintings. My predominant interest in recent years lies within these stories that still find a significant presence at modern days. These are my main sources of inspiration, that urge me to paint every day’.
Sanjoy Patra completed his BFA and MFA in painting from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan. He has received several scholarships and awards, including the Governor’s Award for Best Exhibit in 2005. He has also participated in several group exhibitions including a show conducted by the IMA Foundation in London in 2010, and continues to exhibit widely across the country.
His works represent the technological and materialistic world we live in told through ancient mythological stories. Acknowledging the current overwhelming dependency on mobile phones and the Internet for any form of communication, his works are statements on the changing time and space that dictate our lives.
Why do you do art?
It is the most creative way for me to express my experiences and learnings. I use art as a means to tell stories. There are numerous stories of different God and Goddesses in Hindu mythology, which are very significant in today’s technological life.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
In the next five years, I would like to be recognised globally as an Indian artist and may be bloom into an individual known for his positive aura, both at a professional and personal level. I want to set up realistic goals for myself, to groom as an Indian artist, and also for my art to showcase Indian emotions, cultures, values and ethos – especially through mythological stories. So, five years from now, I will definitely keep the same fire alive.
If you could meet your artistic hero/inspiration, who would that be?
When I was child, around 6 years old, my first artistic role model was my neighbour (Kanu Kumar Guha) who was a creative person. He did paintings, sculpture and other different artworks in his house. I used to love visiting him and observing his practice. Eventually, I too started to paint and slowly, consciously started exploring other mediums. By the time I grew up, I had already made up my mind to become an artist and so I joined Kala bhavana, Visva Bharati at Santiniketan. So, for me Kanu Da was the biggest source of inspiration in my life.
Who or what keeps you company while you work?
Music is my only company. It keeps my mind calm and relaxed. Rabindra Sangeet is my favourite one.
How would you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as an Indian artist who is globally recognised for his artworks that represent the modern contemporary times through mythological stories. The language of my art is basically painting; but I have already started to create artworks on 3D surfaces. I am also developing myself to present my art based on installation and new media art. I wish people would recognise me in future as an artist who connects contemporary times through mythological narrations.