"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth" - Pablo Picasso
Born in India Kartik is an Indo-Canadian artist. He grew up in Baroda, Gujarat and Mumbai and it is there that he began his love with sketching observing his architect uncle making building plans and designs. In school his genuine nature asserted itself and Kartik started sketching portraits for which once he got awarded to make a portrait of great Mahatma Gandhi. Kartik became a management graduate instead of an artist. He graduated in 1992 and in few years progressed in his career path to Dubai. In his professional role of Business Development Kartik travelled to several countries of Africa, Middle East and Far East where he got exposed to the rich history, distinctive art and cultural heritage. He was inspired by uniqueness of nature, wildlife, architectural designs and artifacts.
The trees of Serengeti ecosystem in Kenya & Tananzia, the cultural blend and architectural designs of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Persian gardens and pavilions of Tehran, not to forget the Giza pyramids, Luxor temples and Petra. Also, the Balinese temples influenced by Hindu elements and Pagoda towers seen in Thailand, China and Japan attracted him the most.
Kartik received his Master’s in Marketing from UK in 2009 and have made Mississauga, Ontario his home since then. Though he makes a living through sales job Kartik continues to live his passion for art using variety of mediums like acrylics, oil, charcoal and clay on paper & canvas. Kartik’s art show originality of his thoughts and notions about life. His motivation towards painting comes from his fascination to nature and the remarkable colours it generates. Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and MF Hussain are his all-time favorites. He adores hearing and playing the retro and latest Bollywood music. His forte is portraits, horses, semi-abstract and still life. Kartik’s art is displayed in several private and corporate collections.
BBA, Sardar Patel University, Anand, India 1992
MBA, University of Leicester, UK 2009
COMPETITIONS & EXHIBITIONS:
"Holiday Artisan Marketplace" on November 9 & 10, 2019
VAM AT RIVERWOOD, MISSISSAUGA, ON
"CHILD LABOUR" - JURIED EXHIBITION ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
RYERSON UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, ON.
"Surreal Equus Ferus series exhibited at:
VAM's "art in the park" September 15, 2019
VAM at riverwood, mississauga, ON.
VAM's Annual Members Show and Sale, March 20 through 31st, 2019
VAM at Riverwood,, Mississauga, ON
Artist of the Month of Dec, 2018 at:
Artists and Artisans Development and Network
"Light of the Carribean" An Art Exhibition Celebrating
(June 8 through July 8, 2018 )
National Carribean - American Heritage Month
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
5565 Upham PI, Marbury, MD 20658
GOLDEN artist at:
"GOLDEN Juried Art Exhibition" - Presented by Art Impact International
(May 3 through May 30, 2018)
Pepco Edison Place Gallery
702 8th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20068, United States
" RECALLING" An Exhibition on Memory
(May 8 through May 27, 2018)
Neilson Park Creative Centre
56 Neilson Drive, Toronto ON M9C 1V7
"Honorable Mention for Excellent Work" Art Room Gallery "OPEN" Art Competition, Feb 2018
“Special Merit Certificate” 7th Annual Nature International Online Art Competition, Oct 2017
“Special Recognition” 7th Annual Seascapes International Online Art Competition, Sep 2017
“Certificate of Merit” 2nd Place in “Rangoli” Competition, Baroda Lions Club Education Trust, Baroda, Feb 1985
“Certificate of Merit” The 27th World School Children's Art Exhibition, Seoul, Korea, Oct 1985
“Certificate of Honour” 1st Place in “Aarti” Competition, Jasudben ML School, Mumbai, Jan 1984
“Certificate" Inter School Art Competition, Leo Club of Bombay, Khar-Danda, Mumbai, Dec 1981