Although Nepal is recognised for its immense culture, arts and heritage, the art scene in Nepal is not seeing the growth it rightfully deserves. Artists today have broken from the confines of traditional styles and are seen exploring and experimenting with new forms and techniques. Some are creating interesting variations of old meets new, telling stories of contemporary Nepal in ink and paint. There are many galleries, a few curators and experts show openings almost every other week. But investment in art is still a new concept.
Aditya Aryal is an urban artist. After doing his major in painting, the artist has been working on the streets of Kathmandu. At present, his inspiration stems from Tibetan Thangka and Mithila art and is focusing on creating hybrid artwork. Aryal owns an art space with his friend Helena, called Kaalo.101.The artist has exhibited his works in Nepal as well as globally in New York, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lisbon, London and Nantes.
The techniques and medium Aryal uses are solely derived from graffiti and street art. He mostly works with spray paints, stencils and paint markers.
Art Scene in Nepal
Art is a luxurious good and seeing the economic condition of the country, art works are not important for most people here. However, there are a few people and collectors who understand the concept of buying art and are investing in art pieces these days.
Also young businesses are hiring artists to make murals or do art work in their office space and restaurants.
Can an artist in Nepal sustain only on his/her art?
Name two artists whose art you would like to buy, and why?
I want to collect art pieces of Banksy because he is a street artist whose work is witty, smart and politically charged. Besides, he captures the contemporary issues in his work brilliantly. From local artists, I would love to collect Samundra Man Singh’s work. I appreciate his work because he was able to change the face of Thangka paintings by adding dimension to them.
We were recently involved in a project called Micro Galleries. It is an international festival which previously took place in Indonesia. However, this time it is taking place in Nepal and Kaalo.101 is the official partner for it.