Nirakar’s Take on Cubism

Growing up surrounded by a family of artists Nirakar has always aspired to be an artist himself. Nirakar’s love for nature and animals is very evident in all of his works. Having animals and nature-esque landscapes in almost all his paintings.

Being strongly influenced by artists like Braque and Picasso, Nirakar uses Cubism and Conceptualism to depict his subjects throughout his paintings.
When we think of Cubism and Georges Braque in particular, we usually think of abstract artworks that make it difficult to spot the subject because of the distorted overlapping shapes and subtle colour differences. But in Nirakar’s case you can see that he uses different techniques for the backgrounds and subjects of his paintings highlighting the subject, adding smoother gradients to the background and bold colour-blended brushstrokes on the subject, giving his paintings a hint of surrealism.

His work is also reminiscent of the art style of Czech Cubism or “Cubo-Expressionism,” an art movement that was popular in Prague, Czechoslovakia in the early 1900s. The art form was known for its sharp points and crystalline shapes, which are prominent details in his paintings. His unique style and spin on Cubism have resulted in artworks that look like 2D renditions of Origami animals, with his his birds and plants that have a geometric-folded aesthetic usually achieved by the art of folding paper.

Having received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from GCAC Utkal University of Culture, Khallikote, Orissa, he has showcased his artworks in a number of solo and group shows and exhibitions in Delhi and Mumbai.