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Viraag Desai

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About Artist

Tibetan ‘thankas’, and ‘pata’ paintings of old Bengal have been a greatsource of inspiration. While in art school he studied the techniques and aesthetics of traditional art styles, combining their iconography w...

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Tibetan ‘thankas’, and ‘pata’ paintings of old Bengal have been a greatsource of inspiration. While in art school he studied the techniques and aesthetics of traditional art styles, combining their iconography with modern themes. The resultant works were exhibited in a show held in the Sullivan Galleries in downtown Chicago.
Having moved towards a type of abstract expressionism his new works tend to strike hard at the conventional notions of propriety in form, using spray-guns, acrylics, polyurethane gel, and pigment dispersions.
..."I am trying to convey concept through the use of medium and processes, by taking the piece out of the realm of 'image' and creating a multi-sensorial experience"...
Viraag refers to mechanical forms as a point of departure, depicting chaotic arrangements of flora and fauna, and figures from various militant/historical scenes. Often he uses the traditional technique of hand-dyeing his canvasses to reinforce his depictions of life in isolated rural landscapes.
He uses found objects along with traditional art materials and created media (dried oil paints, fabric and local materials). Appropriation of these materials and techniques result in cinematic glimpses of his personal contemporary voice.
Working part-time as a graphic and set designer, Viraag uses his experience from these disciplines to constantly inform his painting practices.

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  • About Artist


    Tibetan ‘thankas’, and ‘pata’ paintings of old Bengal have been a greatsource of inspiration. While in art school he studied the techniques and aesthetics of traditional art styles, combining their iconography with modern themes. The resultant works were exhibited in a show held in the Sullivan Galleries in downtown Chicago.
    Having moved towards a type of abstract expressionism his new works tend to strike hard at the conventional notions of propriety in form, using spray-guns, acrylics, polyurethane gel, and pigment dispersions.
    ..."I am trying to convey concept through the use of medium and processes, by taking the piece out of the realm of 'image' and creating a multi-sensorial experience"...
    Viraag refers to mechanical forms as a point of departure, depicting chaotic arrangements of flora and fauna, and figures from various militant/historical scenes. Often he uses the traditional technique of hand-dyeing his canvasses to reinforce his depictions of life in isolated rural landscapes.
    He uses found objects along with traditional art materials and created media (dried oil paints, fabric and local materials). Appropriation of these materials and techniques result in cinematic glimpses of his personal contemporary voice.
    Working part-time as a graphic and set designer, Viraag uses his experience from these disciplines to constantly inform his painting practices.

  • Academics

    Born in Calcutta 1986.
    He graduated in 2009 with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown widely shown in USA &India.He recently finished an artist residency in Nielson Gallery, Grazalema,Spain and working towards a series of shows in Shanghai in 2015. At present, lives and works in and around Kolkata.

  • Exhibitions


    2006 - Recipient of two Merit scholarships from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
    2006 - Participated in ARTBASH, Group show at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Illinois.
    2008 - Contemporary Art of Bengal. Group show at Tejas Gallery. Kolkata, India
    2009 - Fantastic Visions, Group show at Academy of Fine Arts. Kolkata, India
    2009 - Fall Undergraduate Exhibition, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Illinois.
    2010 – Subalterity, Group show at The Mezz, Alexandria Hotel. Los Angeles, California
    2010 – Wanderlust, Group show at J&K Gallery. Arcadia , California.
    2011- Tejas Gallery Workshop at Taj West End, Bangalore. India
    2012 - Icons - solo show of paintings at Taj Bengal, Kolkata
    2012 - Excerpts - solo show at The Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
    2013 – Trip Tash – Group show at AakarPrakarGallery , Kolkata
    2013 – Residency with Neilson Gallery, Grazalema , Spain
    2013 - Residency with Linea de Costa, Cadiz , Spain
    2013 – Screenshots of Utopia – group show at ChitrakootArtGallery, Kolkata.
    2013 - Project in China. 3-piece mural for VespertineRestaurant , Shanghai.
    2014 - Mapping detours – Group show at ChitrakootArtGallery, Kolkata
    2014 - The Middle of the Garden - Group show at Tejas Gallery Kolkata, following a 6-day workshop.
    2015 - Inaugural show at Vespertine , Shanghai
    2015 - CIMA awards at CIMA gallery, Kolkata.
    2015 – Tubes without paint, a fungal lattice, and the bird that never flew away – at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
    2016 – Residency at Chitrashalla , Rajasthan
    2016 - Momentum experimental art festival at Range, Kolkata
    2016 – Fictive at Range , Kolkata

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