I have come to realize that the soul of India is in the countryside and it is my dream to perceive that soul. To make this happen I want to visit different villages and study the lifestyle of the people. Art is a part of nature and so is rural life. There is so much beauty in the villages - the simple life, small huts. colored walls in clay or mud, folk songs, dance and elaborate installations in festivals.
BFA Painting from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai
MFA Printmaking from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai
Part of the 2020-21 Student Binale/Kochi-Muziris biennale
Born in a farming family near Kolhapur, Kumar is inspired by his love for nature. He strongly believes that we need to remain close to our roots and build a more nurturing relationship with nature.
Papermaking, drawing and printmaking are all ways in which he expresses his thoughts. What is fascinating is when working in his village he makes his own paper – the paper plays such an important role in his work. Kumar’s paper is made from plant waste from his fields – banana, marigold flowers, corn fibre, sugarcane, bougainvillea flowers - each texture unique and authentic.
Kumar believes the soul of India is in the countryside!
Inception Grand 2021 Awardee
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