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b. 1968, India

Desmond Lazaro Biography

Having trained as a Picchvai and miniature painter, in Jaipur, Rajasthan for over 15 years, this recent work is a return to contemporary imagery. Desmond was born in the UK (Leeds) but has lived much of his adult life in India. For much of this time he worked as Picchvai and miniaturist so his work is rooted in traditional language along with its methods, materials and symbolism.

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In these new works as he continues to employ traditional techniques in a craftsman like manner through the stringent preparation of all materials: cloth, paper, brushes and pigment colours. These materials are an integral part of the process of painting. Through this change however, the imagery, the context and meaning inevitably shift. The Picchvai scale continues although the iconography moves from the sacred to the secular; rusting cars, shards of modern life - modernity itself is animated, suspended in the miniature format. The personal narrative shuffles miniature paintings of the Moghul period - those psychological portraits of people and animals - to memories of the industrial urban landscape of his childhood. In both, the often-discarded moments, people and places, ordinary and everyday things, become elevated and transmuted.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, IDENTITIES, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf (17 November 2020–30 January 2021). Courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art. 

Desmond Lazaro Featured Artworks

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Waiting Looking by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroWaiting Looking, 2011Pigments on cotton
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Udaipur Tonga by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroUdaipur Tonga, 2009Pigments on handmade Sanganeer paper
63.5 x 86.4 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
U.S.A. Texas. 2017 by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroU.S.A. Texas. 2017, 2019Handmade pigment paint on cotton cloth attached to a wooden support
56 x 41 x 2.5 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
In the Park by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroIn the Park, 2009Pencil on paper
24 x 34 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Hungary 1957 (Andrew Zolani) by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroHungary 1957 (Andrew Zolani), 2019Handmade pigment paint on cotton cloth attached to a wooden support
56 x 41 x 2.5 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Home II by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroHome II, 2009Pigments on cotton
122 x 90 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Golden Square House study II by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroGolden Square House study II, 2012Pigments on handmade paper (c. 19th century)
34.4 x 22.4 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Chile 1973 (Camila Iturra) by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork
Desmond LazaroChile 1973 (Camila Iturra), 2019Handmade pigment paint on cotton cloth attached to a wooden support
56 x 41 x 2.5 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery

Desmond Lazaro Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, IDENTITIES at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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17 November 2020–30 January 2021 Group Exhibition IDENTITIES Beck & Eggeling International Fine ArtDüsseldorf
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gelb Macht Glücklich (Yellow makes you happy) at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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14 April–30 June 2018 Group Exhibition Gelb Macht Glücklich (Yellow makes you happy) Beck & Eggeling International Fine ArtDüsseldorf

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Desmond Lazaro In Related Press

'Forming in the pupil of an eye,' Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 Related Press 'Forming in the pupil of an eye,' Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 17 January 2017, Art Agenda

Guest curated by artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), titled Forming in the pupil of an eye, is an assembly of artist-created realities. Shetty outlines his curatorial concept with the story of a young traveler who went on a long journey to meet a sage. When he reaches her, 'the Sage assimilates the...

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First list of participating artists released for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 Related Press First list of participating artists released for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 10 May 2016, Artforum

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale has revealed the first list of artists who will be part of its upcoming edition. Curated by Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, the festival’s third iteration will feature a main exhibition alongside a program of lectures, seminars, workshops, film screenings, and music. Additional exhibitors will be unveiled in the...

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Desmond Lazaro at Chemould Prescott Road Related Press Desmond Lazaro at Chemould Prescott Road 5 April 2016, Live mint

At first glance, Desmond Lazaro’s solo show, which began on 11 March at the Chemould Prescott Road gallery in Mumbai, is an exploration of portions of his family’s past. The works include a video interview with his mother, Joyce; a record of his great-grandfather’s baptism certificate dated 1855, discovered at a church in Madras...

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