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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.

Desmond Lazaro Featured Artworks

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Playground I by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork works on paper
Desmond Lazaro Playground I, 2009 Pigments on handmade Sanganeer paper
80 x 109 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Waiting Looking by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork sculpture
Desmond Lazaro Waiting Looking, 2011 Pigments on cotton
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Udaipur Tonga by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork painting
Desmond Lazaro Udaipur Tonga, 2009 Pigments on handmade Sanganeer paper
63.5 x 86.4 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Golden Square House study II by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork painting
Desmond Lazaro Golden Square House study II, 2012 Pigments on handmade paper (c. 19th century)
34.4 x 22.4 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Carpet Living Room III by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork sculpture
Desmond Lazaro Carpet Living Room III, 2011/2012 Pigments on cotton
274 x 213 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Blue Coconut Leaf Study by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork painting
Desmond Lazaro Blue Coconut Leaf Study, 2012 Pigments on handmade paper (c. 19th century)
34.2 x 21.8 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Golden Square House study II by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork painting
Desmond Lazaro Golden Square House study II Pigments on handmade paper (c. 19th century)
34.4 x 22.4 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Coconut palm leaf drawing by Desmond Lazaro contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Desmond Lazaro Coconut palm leaf drawing, 2012 Pencil on handmade Sanganeer paper,
134 x 172 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery

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