"Real life is the biggest illusion, it makes you believe in the impossibility of certain things." Banjara, as all around call him, found his spiritual side when he didn't expect it. "The biggest changes of life are not gradual, they happen with ruthlessness, in a few days, often so blatant that it is almost sweet". Banjara migrated to surrealistic art in a short span of transition, compared to how long he had been in his previous genre. He started with traditional concepts of portraits and landscapes in his career. That, indeed, honed his skills to create visual articulation. But then there are two parts to art - the ability to imagine a concept and the ability to render it. The latter can be learnt in school, the former happens to you - it can't be learnt.
Banjara's articulation techniques are unconventional in the way they are imagined and rendered, kind of a mashup of 3D hallucinations, MRI scans, spiritual projections, Kundalini Yoga spots of the human anatomy, peeled paint on diesel (partially) burnt wood, patterns of adhesion of micron order plastic layers to certain types of paper etc. In his art studio in Anjuna; Goa, India; can be seen old practitioners of different kinds of art from pagan musical instrument players to true love-all tribes with distinctive stories of their lives. Surprisingly, his studio is extremely disciplined, unlike artists of unconventional talent. "Indiscipline is one of the greatest assets of life, be sure you use it in the right places." It is the glorious lack of structure inside his own mind that lets him bridge genres of imagination to create his art.
Banjara and a few unconventional artists are currently collaborating with LOKAIT to create an extremely limited edition "True Art" sneakers collection, coming this March in LOKAIT's online store. We promised we will redefine "Beauty" this year. Promises are made to be kept !