IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Nipun Manda
Nipun Manda


My work is a contemporary statement through the perception on Inner space and Outer space juxtaposing with time and space of life experience, I incorporate visual, emotional and psychological impressions of urban tension, raw emotions and harsh realities tempered with gentle optimism and beauty seeking the combination of objective an d n on objective serves as a matrix between social an d cultural spaces.

The space we live in on a day-to-day basis, most of us are so caught up living in this world as it is that we don't have much time or energy to focus on how the world might become better and For many--probably most--people, the reality of those choices are not usually acknowledged consciously, at least not on a daily basis. Such people live according to habit, and exist within choices given to them through mainstream media and educational systems, economic necessity, and immediate need satisfaction. But, if we take time to reflect about it, we find that, in each given moment, we have the ability to choose how we want to perceive the world, and how we want to live in it. If we face up to them, we have fundamental choices to make about who we are in the world, what the world means to us, and what kind of world we want to help create.

By creating art for me the most satisfying way of working is the combination of the abstract and the figure. The freedom of abstraction and the emotions that the figure can carry with the symbolic potential of the objective world and the possibilities abstraction presents in suggesting the unknown . My paintings operate somewhere between abstraction and the cognitive world, between the unknown and the known. The works often begin with a general idea I might be reflecting on reactions with cultural and personal events of Inner Space and Outer Space associated with our lives, thoughts, memories, and imaginations. I translate these reactions into works made up of simplified forms, often with outsized proportions, to transcend time and space.

I try to paint what I believe in, eliminating any marks or images which feel disingenuous, listening to what the painting is telling me to do rather than imposing my will on the work. In this way, it is my hope that the paintings arenít driven self-consciously. They should emerge from a more enigmatic, less familiar place. In the process of painting, initiation, manipulation and removal of marks become one of the action and reaction. The paintings emerge slowly, one on top of the other, until they tell me I am done.

It is hard to explain the how and the why. It is easy to make a formal analysis of the work and to position it in the great and diverse continuum of contemporary painting.

My goal is to leave a cognitive space for viewers to fill in. I want my work to provide a chance to see things from different perspectives with the dimensions of the pieces viewers to become conscious of their physical relationship to the objects and scale proportion and humanity to elicit an emotional and intellectual response in my viewers.

Painting is a wondrous journey for me

Nipun Manda lives and works in Maryland, USA. From Asian Indian origin had a regular urban life, and MFA graduated from Central University, Hyderabad, India. He continued his artistic career in various areas and also teaching Cisco programs as Cisco certified Instructor from Cisco networking academy. He has travelled internationally, has been represented by various Galleries and has successfully held extensive exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Art has always been an important part of his life. He studied painting extensively, and continues to be an avid learner and educator. Nipunís paintings incorporate Indian American with its own multi-ethnic heritage, believes that his paintings convey his rich experience. ďPainting is a universal language that enhances the awareness, as well as the understanding, of other cultures.

Currently resides and continues to create works in his studio at Bowie, Maryland.
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