Manik Raj Nakra
My paintings, drawings, and installations address the ancient world as if was my own. A world of teeming jungles where fourheaded leopards perch on ruins and silver-toothed monkeys pray for our salvation. My art offers a contemporary lens onto colonial anachronisms, Indian iconography, artifacts from early civilizations, and ceremonial myths and folklore to explore themes such as survival, creation, lust, and self-doubt. These themes, handled with wild colors and stark compositions, illuminate the historically rooted yet contemporarily relevant narratives on power, paranoia, and the dreams and the desires of my time and place.