It was while painting one day that artist Suraj Kumar Kashi felt the characters on his canvas come alive. “They started to fly and dance right in front of my eyes! It was a thrilling moment for me to witness that my own creation wasn’t even in my control,” he says. This isn’t magic. It is the abstract art form known to the world as surrealism, of which this artist from Bihar is a prominent exponent.
Not many Indian artists choose this genre, but Kashi feels it is a natural choice for him. “As Indians, we have grown with surrealism around us. We see the elephant-headed Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman in monkey form, gods and goddesses with multiple faces and arms. Surrealism also shines through in the stories we listen to, with animals that talk and humans who fly. It is everywhere—in our homes, folklore, and even in our dreams. I grew up listening to these stories and they reflect on my canvas,” he shares with the New Indian Express Team.
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