Dr. Bharati Mate is highly active as a research artist since almost two decades. Unlike her contemporaries, she is an innate painter with no initial former education of fine art. Her artistic expressions are multi-faceted and include poetry paintings, handicrafts and research based spiritual art remedies.
She has successfully completed her Ph.D. in Fine art from the esteemed American University in Irvine, California (USA). Her doctorate thesis was felicitated with Distinction and spoke volumes about “Art & Gender in Antiquity & Excellence in Art History.”
Born and bred in Pune, she is the Founder Director of TAO Arts, Pune & Creative Director TAO Communications, Pune. She has marvelously created superior work particularly in the area of Rock art, Indus art and Indian symbolism & its manifestation with Rangavali (Indian Floor Art).
From childhood, she was intrigued by role of ancient civilizations in fine art and strongly felt that these primeval human species were the True Anonymous masters of “Natural & Instinctive representation of Human Experience” through art created with means of daily existence such as walls, coins, cloths, and jewelry to even the tombs which were decorated as symbols of salvation. Bastar in Madhya Pradesh is a classic example of that.
Her quest for Origin of Art and particularly the premise of Indian Symbolism has been instrumental in carrying a niche in her art work. Her contribution to elevating Rangavali from a floor art form to the Rangavali Fresco Canvas has been a true testimony of the utter novice and artistic improvisation in her exhibits.
Amidst this artistic and truly eclectic mix of “art & philosophy”, she has been credited with several awards & honors. In 2006-2007 her Rangavali Paintings on canvas were carefully chosen for India Pavilion ARAS (France-India Festival). In 2012, she was crowned as “Mahila Ratna” by the Vishwa Mahila Parishada Delhi, & in 2016,”Fellowship Award, 2016” by CCEAM & RCEAM Udaipur.
With a mission to integrate the “Age-Old Rangavali Tradition with the contemporary representation,” she founded “Art Welfare” as a rightful platform wherein Rangavali artists & art is encouraged not only on a regional but global level. The motto is to revere art and contribute to the big dream of “Economically & Globally Productive Indian Cultural Industries.”
“Life is a journey of self-realization and every individual,
Eventually finds his own path to proceed”.
Sunil Balkawade, a well-known young spiritual painter, from Pune, Maharashtra, India; has found this path through his paintings that verily express his awakening to the Inner Light. Painting is much more than visual art to him; it has been his ‘Sadhana’.
This journey has led him through the studies of Vedas, Upanishadas, Taoism, Yoga, and other philosophical treatise by great men like Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekanand, Osho Rajanish, Vimla Thakar & many more.
Sunil has been known to paint with complete faith in his work as way of worship and he regards the rewards coming his way as ‘Prasad’ for his work. The colourful blessings are showered by the divine spirit Sri Sri Ravishankarji (Founder Art of Living, Bangalore).
The amazing Rangavali Paintings is a unique cultural attempt which today have crossed the valley of time and reached at Aras (FRANCE) to showcase the FRANCE-INDIA FESTIVAL 2006-2007.