PARTICIPANT / Raghunath

  • Name Raghunath
  • Country India
  • Vocation Not Available
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Raghunath Sahoo is an artist from Bhubaneshwar, India. He is mostly known for his watercolor works. He has done his studies in arts from BK Art College in 1995. His artworks are more inclined towards real life scenes, people, children and still life. He is a master when it comes to the use of light and shade. He is truly a watercolor master. His artworks outlines the scenes from rural India.
As a young child, Raghunath was highly drawn towards coloring books, often spending hours drawing his favourite subject. Over the years, he has focused more on his own art and makes paintings that almost come alive. It has been close to twenty years that Raghunath made his transition to a freelancing artist and has very prolifically created thousands of art-pieces since then. And pretty soon he will take a trip to Moscow, being the first artist from India to be invited for a watercolor workshop and interact with Russian painters!

Colour has always come naturally to me and since childhood I was charmed by the idea of mixing and experimenting with different shades. As I grew up, I took an admission in BK College of Arts and Crafts, Bhubaneswar in order to further my passion. From there on, I took the lead to pursue color in my own directions and started devoting all my time towards crafting art-works, majorly with watercolors and some with acrylic! 
We all know how fluid the watercolors are and once they get painted on any piece of paper or canvas, it really gets difficult to undo a mistake. These are few reasons which make watercolors the less explored medium by artists to work on. I, in particular wanted to pick up something that is not used very commonly by other painters. Hence, it explains my purpose of selecting this particular medium as I also wish to give a unique edge to my work!

I do sometimes prefer acrylics when I have to work on a canvas for a painting that requires a conceptual touch. But the time when I paint realistic images, my penchant remains towards watercolours only!
Anything that is extraordinary or overlooked by the eyes of common people becomes the subject of my paintings. I really like to focus my work on elements that have either been ignored or are dejected due to their wretched condition. Moreover, my most favoured topic is portraying the rustic village of Odisha and its people, for which I have been much recognised. That apart, my series of Lord Buddha have also been quite popular! I admire and closely follow the creative painting and designs of revered Odisha based artist, Late Muralidhar Tali. His paintings are a sheer magic and his dedication was unflinching. Although I keep a track of the artists worldwide, but Muralidhar’s commitment is something that I try to imbibe in my paintings as well! 
For the past 20 years, I have been freelancing. Earlier my paintings caught an eye or two in the exhibitions which I frequented. However, with the eventual advent of social media, I started using the digital platform to make my paintings noticed. I must say posting the work regularly on my Facebook profile has helped a lot in gathering attention and it’s also a quick earning method. My paintings are even featured in various websites through which they are duly recognised.

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