NAME: Raghavan Rajaram
AGE: 28 years
RESIDENT AT: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
I am a self-taught artist and I have been passionate about art since childhood. In 2014, I quit my IT job that didn’t quite ignite my creativity to follow my passion that does: painting.
After two years of planning and execution, I co-founded ARTitudeStudio with my fiancée, with the aim of bridging the gap between struggling artists and art lovers around the world. Currently, we are a Start-up in infant stage, and we recently got recognized under Startup India Scheme by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India.
My paintings do not stick to the confines of any particular genre as I believe in translating his emotions into my work without any restrictions.
Being self-taught has helped me approach every work in my own personal way, bringing a fresh perspective that connects with the audiences on different levels.
It is not what I see but what I don’t see that intrigues me, and inspires me. I like to scratch more than just the surface; I like to dig deeper and explore layers that usually evade being noticed at the first glance, be it a thought, object or a person. That’s exactly what I try to showcase through my artwork. Most of my work cannot be understood at just a glance, because what I try to convey is not an image but a thought, an idea. My intention for my audiences is that they spend some time looking deeper into my work and gain an understanding of the idea contained within; an idea that may have already existed deep within their own selves but haven’t yet found a concrete external expression.
Almost all my artwork comes with a brief description to facilitate a dialogue with the spectator. With my art, I don’t intend to decorate walls. I wish to stir an emotion in the viewer and take him/her beyond the sensory input, and right inside the artwork. That’s where the viewer can have a conversation with the artwork and build a relationship with it. I believe that the purpose of art is not just to add beauty, but to also embrace the not-so-beautiful in a meaningful way. I believe that more than pleasing the viewer, art should make the viewer think, explore and question. It should become a part of their selves. I intend to enhance the way one interacts with the art through my work; one painting at a time.