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An artist in the making: Kanika Mathur

by Krishan Ralleigh

Kanika says, ‘nature plays an important role in the formation of human behaviour and the development of its persona. The natural things have always fascinated me including mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, flora, fauna, foliage, and many colourful objects. My artwork therefore mainly consists of figurative subjects surrounded by natural elements’.

What she sees around her is what she tries to express in her art work. Two colours are predominant in her work. Firstly, the green - representing vast expanses of nature, and secondly the blue for the limitless sky and oceans. Through her art work, she hopes that people appreciate and respect more of nature in its entirety. She already had a solo exhibition in Greenmark art gallery at Ghaziabad. She also participated in exhibitions at Travancore gallery and India Habitat centre in Delhi.

Kanika is a student of class 12th in Amity international school, Noida and already has set her mind towards becoming a professional artist. In addition to this she also has a keen interest in music and dance. She has received formal training in Indian classical music under the auspices of Pandit Birju Maharaj, and has won many awards in singing and dancing.

She realises that this is just the beginning and there is a very long way to go. This summer Kanika took a trip to the United Kingdom and few other European countries to broaden her horizons. She visited works of artists of international fame in various museums and art galleries.

Kanika adds ‘It is my dream to make a name for myself in some art form and to be able to interact with public through my work, for which I hope to be able to participate in exhibitions all around.’ We wish her all success in future.


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