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Neeraj Goswami’s artistic realm
Neeraj Goswami’s spontaneous images, though largely composed of cubism-inspired peculiar geometrical shapes, does not give an impression of being disjointed. An inherent sense of wholeness marks them, not least owing to the precision of his composition as well as the sensitive color range he unveils.

According to the artist, the challenge is to create, explore and understand the geometry of the human body. He does so by breaking the forms as we tend to see outwardly and then simplifying the structure so as to make it look aesthetically more defined than the actuality. He has stated: “I am building my very own iconography by trying to weld silence and music, triangles, planes, sharp angles and curves merge with mysterious depths and fluid shadow-lines that balance out.”

Going beyond the mere forms, at a broader level, it’s the yearning of soul to discover solitude and peace amidst all the chaos of tumultuous life is the core of his practice. He reveals, “I believe truth lies in the moment…” As is evident, his art is influenced and guided by his spiritual leanings, thoughts and discipline.

Born in 1964 in Patna, Neeraj Goswami did both his bachelors and masters in painting from Delhi College of Arts. After competing his studies, he gave a hint of his abundant talent with two solo shows apart from his participation in a series of group shows in India and internationally. A recipient of the Bharat Bhawan award at the second biennial of contemporary Indian art in 1988, he was awarded Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) research grant fellowship. In 1999, he portrayed the then President of India, K, R. Narayanan. His stature as an emerging a artist was acknowledged with the honor of ‘artist in focus at the harmony Show in 2004, Among his recent prominent shows include a solo at Aicon Gallery New York.

His other selected solo exhibitions include ‘Mystics and Angels’, Jehangir Art Gallery and Art Musings, Mumbai (2006); Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata (2003); Gallery Mohanjeet, Paris (1998) and a series of solo shows at Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi (1991-2002). He has featured in group exhibitions at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda; Kalavart National Art Fair, Indore; India Habitat Centre, Palette Gallery, Aryan Art Gallery, Arushi Arts, Gallery Ganesha, Gallery Art Motif; Dhoomimal Art Centre (all in New Delhi); and Art Musings, Mumbai.

Known for his proficiency in the medium of oils, the artist uses tones of Celadon Porcelain and Onyx Styrations, and imparts his canvases a soft radiance. His paintings glow like precious stones with translucence rarely seen. Friction or fusion - between nature and human – is considered his chosen theme. Explaining how he perceives the bonds or boundaries that exist between humans among themselves and nature, he has stated: “It (friction) leads to repulsion and ultimately to destruction, whereas fusion can lead oneself to higher stages of attraction (at the level of consciousness).

“Human form is an inevitable extension of nature. All the forms in it animate -inanimate including human form are the structures of nature, if we trace the origin of it, then we realize they are made of atoms and cells with different configurations. One can sense nature functioning within and beyond through meditations.”

The idea is to establish an artistic connection between the real and the perceived. He believes the perceived is according to our cognition influenced by different factors the real has been there always without change it is like the core, which is stable and eternal even while the crust is ever changing. According to him, when one reaches a certain state of mind within, one realizes the eternal essence of being going beyond the mundane.

He concludes: “The real energy which can be realized through search for the self within- the true self beyond body senses and mind so the form of nature becomes a medium to reach the formless the essence behind everything. One has to develop one's own visual language and vocabulary through the process of selection and rejection. An artist expresses his subtle states of mind and being and the process transforms and transcends him as well.”