Mahaveer Swami



Mahaveer Swami is descended from a family of traditional Bikaneri Painters. As a child he began training with his father M.R. Swami and grandfather M.D. Swami. Later he studied under late Vedpal Sharma “Bannu” in Jaipur.

Mahaveer Swami revived the best aspects of the sophisticated and refined Bikaner School of painting with an originality and brilliance unique among contemporary miniaturists. Mahaveer Swami stands out of thousands of traditional painters not only because of his great skills in drawing and painting. But also because he has the ability to recognize the difference between the truly fine and mundane although he possesses the skill to copy any other painting perfectly he prefers to explore new subjects, new contexts and new forms of expressions. For instance, he has created a series of paintings based on the daily life of Indian women, a theme rarely explored by earlier miniature painters.

Mahaveer working style is strongly influenced by his studies of Mughal and Rajasthani Miniatures. His subject matter is often drawn from the life style of holy men and women, daily life of Indian women and sometimes from Hindu mythological terms.

Mahaveer Swami Paintings of ascetics and mystics are particularly striking because of his deep feelings for the spiritual and the emotional. As a child, the various holy men who visited his grandfather fascinated him. Unaware that there were any differences between Sufis and Pundits he met at home, the young Mahaveer was drawn to all of them, enchanted by that he describes as the glow on their faces. As a mature artist he still travels to annual festival at Ajmer, to study the faces of participants.

Mahaveer Swami is one of the finest traditional artists working in India today. His ethereal colours and exquisite brushwork are combined with unique inner vision and great sensitivity of the world around him by tempering his personal vision with the finely toned technique and rigorous discipline of his tradition. Mahaveer Swami proves that there is no real gap between contemporary and traditional, there is only art. His work demonstrates beyond a doubt that a rich and beautiful tradition is still very much alive. 

Accomplishments:
 
Awards:
 
·                           National Award, New Delhi, 1987
·                           Kala-Mani Award by Chief Minister of Haryana, 1989
·                           Sanskriti Award, New Delhi, 1992
·                           Padam-Shree Isamudeen Usta Award, Bikaner, 1995
·                           Kala-Shree Award by Chief Minister of Haryana, 1997
·                           Smt. Janki Devi Somani Award, Kolkata, 1999
·                           Rajiv Ratna Award, Bikaner, 2002
 
Exhibitions:
 
·                           Richard Kimball Art Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 1993
·                           Galerie 88, Kolkata, 1994
·                           Wave Hill Cafe Art Gallery, New York, 1995
·                           World Trade Center, Mumbai, 1995
·                           National Craft Museum, New Delhi, 1996
·                           Bikaner House, New Delhi, 1996
·                           Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, 1997
·                           Gallery J.M. Vallat, Paris, 2002
·                           Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2005
·                           Galerie 88, Kolkata, 2005
·                           Gallery Horikawa, Kobe, Japan, 2005
·                           Alankritha art gallery, Hyderabad, 2006
 
Demonstrations:
 
In India:
 
·                           National Craft Museum, New Delhi, 1986, 1992
·                           Department of Painting, Punjab University, 1987
·                           Kala Bhawan, Vishva Bhaarti, Shantinekaten, 1989
·                           Suraj Kund, Haryana, 1998
·                           SAARC Festival, New Delhi, 1990
·                           Vanasthali Vidhyapeeth, Vanasthali, 1991
·                           Gwalior Trade Fair, Gwalior, 1991
·                           Marudhara Shodh Sansthan, Kolkata, 1999
 
In foreign:
 
·                           Gallery Lafayette, Paris, 1991
·                           Art and Craft Festival, Jerusalem, 1993
·                           Egypt Museum, Cairo, 1993
·                           Art Festival, Dubai, 1993
·                           Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A., 1994
·                           Freer and Sackler Art Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A., 1995
·                           Gallery J.M. Vallat, Paris, 2002
·                           National Institute For Zorig Chusum, Thimpu, Bhutan, 2006
 
Paintings Published:
 
·                           “The Garden of Life” by Naveen Patnayak, Published by Aquarian Publishing.
·                           “Natural history paintings from Rajasthan” by James J. White and Autumn M. Farole, Published by Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation.
·                           “8 International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration” by James J. White, Autumn M. Farole and Sharon M. Tomasic, Published by Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation. 
·                           “The Indian Healing Touch” by Export and Import Bank of India, Published by Mapin Publishing Private Limited.
·                           “Aesthetic Vedanta” by Swami B.V. Tripurari, Published by Mandala Publishing Group.
·                           “Beauty, Power and Grace” (award winner) by Krishna Dharma, Published by Mandala Publishing Group.
·                           “Joy of Self” by B.V. Tripurari, Published by Mandala Publishing Group.
·                           “The Bhagavad-Gita” by B.V. Tripurari, Published by Mandala Publishing Group.
 
Private Collections:
 
In India:
 
·                           Gallery Mansur, New Delhi
·                           Gallery 88, Kolkata
·                           Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
·                           Modi Group
·                           Bajaj Group
·                           Somaani Group
·                           Birla Group
·                           Tata Group
·                           Poddar Group
·                           Seagrams Group
·                           Arora Group
 
In Foreign:
 
·                           Rain-beau Art Gallery, Jerusalem
·                           World Erotic Museum, Berlin
·                           Hunt Institute Museum, Pittsburgh
·                           Harbor Square Gallery, Camden, Maine
·                           Sackler Art Gallery, New York
·                           Gallery J. M. Vallat, Paris
·                           Wave Hill Cafe Art Gallery, New York