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How a 19th-Century Phrase Inspired a 21st-Century Engineer to Take Up Art

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sanya the painter

Twenty-five-year-old Sanya Gupta entered the world of art through the backdoor just a year ago. Trained in metallurgical engineering, becoming an artist was not a part of Sanya’s career goals. But a quote by Vincent Van Gogh, “I dream my paintings, and then I paint my dreams” sparked Sanya’s interest. These words by Van Gogh influenced Sanya to such an extent that she decided to quit her engineering job and choose art as her career, even before she picked up a paintbrush. Having been greatly influenced by Vincent’s art works, she then began to acquaint herself with the art world. “I started with the basics, like the history of arts, the study of human anatomy, experimentation with different mediums, etc. All these helped me understand and develop my artistic skills” says Sanya.

Early on in her new career, Sanya had no style of her own and her early paintings reflected the motifs and styles of other famous artists that she admired. As she began her artistic journey in paintings, gradually she started specializing as a fine art painter and illustrator. However Sanya remarks, “as a kid I was always fascinated by artists, not because of their fame but their ways of expressing and thinking out of the box”.

We often wonder what it takes or how long it takes an artist to create something they can’t imagine creating themselves. To this Sanya says, “all it takes is a thought and my entire soul to create a painting, a lot can be said and be left unsaid at the same time.” All her paintings depict various emotions; for her it is just another way of keeping a diary where she uses colours and shapes to express herself. As a person she is not very expressive verbally, Sanya says, but art has given her a visual means to express her emotions. It has helped her to discover herself and interpret the world.

As an illustrator, Sanya says “detailing done in my paintings symbolizes and expresses my point of view and the viewer sees the world through my eyes.” A work is complete, she says, when she feels she has done enough to make her view clear, enabling the world to understand what she wants to convey.
Sanya’s advice for young and aspiring artists :

– Practice as much you can.
– Create the art for yourself and not for the world.
– Consider the canvas as your life and make the best out of it.

Below, a collage of some of Artist Sanya’s work:

Left top: painting my dreams (oil on canvas), left bottom: self portrait (inspired by pointillism) Right top: bridge of life (pastels on paper); right middle: Rashtrapati bhawan, India ( ink& pastels on paper) and right bottom : Eiffel tower, Paris (charcoal on paper)

Left top: painting my dreams (oil on canvas), left bottom: self portrait (inspired by pointillism)
Right top: bridge of life (pastels on paper); right middle: Rashtrapati bhawan, India ( ink& pastels on paper) and right bottom : Eiffel tower, Paris (charcoal on paper)

Currently Sanya is working on a series of paintings called ‘Yin Yang’. She explains, “in this series I have tried to depict the good and bad sides of a human being.” She has sketched a variety of animals such as the tiger and fox, as well as birds like the eagle, which she believes epitomise human personalities. All these sketches are minutely detailed and revolve around the age old saying that, “in every happiness there is a tinge of sadness and in every grief there’s a slight smile.”

To remain updated with Sanya’s art works, follow her website and pages:
Instagram page: @sanyagupta89
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/artistsanyagupta
Contact details: [email protected] | +918725932711

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