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Waswo X. Waswo is a traveller, poet and photographer born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His works are immediately accessible to the viewer while at the same time contain within them layers of meaning. Having written poems, he wanted to translate them to visuals and this search led him to the traditional artist Rakesh Vijay.Read More
R. Vijay (born Rakesh Vijayvargiya), is the grand nephew of historic Rajasthani painter Ramgopal Vijayvargiya. Rakesh was tutored by traditional miniaturists: Sukdev Singh Sisodiya and Laxmi Narayan Sikaligar.
A collaboration like this blended genres and played intelligently on themes such as history and contemporaneity and also, on identities. In the paintings, Waswo is the protagonist, and India becomes the subject of the work, painted by R. Vijay. Both artists extend their visual vocabulary in a style reminiscent of Mughal Miniatures Paintings and Nathdwara Pichwais. Here the miniatures are multi-layered and dense in their narratives with minute detailing. Part confessional and part comical, these miniatures are autobiographical, where Waswo's presence becomes considerably more complex and representational.
Waswo, through the years has worked in collaboration with local artists and artisans, citing traditional images by re-inventing new representation to already established myths.
The work and lives of both artists has been a subject of the book, The Artful Life of R. Vijay, by Annapurna Garimella [Foreword by Dr. Kavita Singh].
Gallery Espace represents the Miniature Paintings by the artists.
Waswo X. Waswo's work is part of collections at the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, USA; the Golda Meir Library, USA, Carrol College Art Archives, USA; Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi; the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai and others. In the US he and Vijay are represented by Aicon Gallery, New York.
The artists live and work in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Text courtesy Gallery Espace.
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