Saturday, January 28, 2012
On View at Pradarshak – “Mumbai Dreams” aerosolgrafia paintings by Sunil Gogia
Sunil Gogia is a self taught artist. An entrepreneur turned Aerosolgrafia artist, Sunil’s exhibition depicts with spray cans the uncanny joys, celebrations, indulgences, snob values, dreams & delights of Mumbai. “Mumbai is a phenomenal city!” says the artist. With the city always buzzing & vibrant, and labelled as the quintessential hub for Commerce & Bollywood in India, the artist captures the various moods of ‘Mumbai’ with spray cans that give the paintings a unique dimension.
“I have picked up various situations, some of which relate to the joyful memories of my personal life. From street professions, daily life, high life, rides, and celebrations – the attempts are on canvas and paper in bright colours,” says the artist.
The rendering is a tribute to Mumbai - the city of dreams.
Born in Mumbai in 1948, Sunil Gogia graduated from Mumbai University with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Creativity has been deep rooted in him since childhood and his passion for art has surfaced in many avatars from dance to poetry and even playing the mandolin, although, connecting to one at a level which is more than just a hobby happened only recently. A bonding with Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism has been a major catalyst.
Sunil Gogia took up distributorship of aerosol spray cans about a decade ago, thus familiarising himself with the medium. Since the last three years, he has been passionately practicing Spray Paint Art. His works initially dealt with space and landscapes and he has later moved on to abstracts and portraits. Apart from a few solo shows and live demos, Sunil has been constantly working on bettering his efforts and the results are self-effacing.
As a matter of interest, Spray Paint Art originated around 1980’s, with Ruben Sadot Fernandes first painting in front of his studio with spray cans, in the city of Mexico.
Though Sadot was the first, many followed his lead, venturing into the world of Aerosolgrafia.