Art by Vivek KumavatContemporary Indian artist Vivek Kumavat’s original paintings honor the bull’s majestic spirit and cultural significance through Nandi, the sacred bull calf and gatekeeper of Lord Shiva. Raised in a small town surrounded by domesticated animals, he has always been drawn to the bull for its strength, gentleness and special importance not only in Indian mythology but in popular Zodiac astrology. The bull, as both a holy figure and a practical worker, radiates positivity and health.

In all art by Vivek Kumavat, one or multiple Nandis are the central focus of the canvas, tossing their noble heads and joyfully prancing. Their muscular bodies and lively spirits emphasize their physical and mental endurance. As their gestures reflect human expressions, the artist hopes that his Nandis will encourage people to develop their own inner perseverance and contentment.

In his cheerful palette of red, orange, gold, yellow and blue, Vivek Kumavat also incorporates Pattachitra, a traditional form of scroll-painting that originated in the eastern states of Orissa and West Bengal. Pattachitra involves precise detail work to illustrate mythological narratives and folktales. On the skin of the Nandis, he uses a fine brush to tell intricate stories of Shiva, including his marriage ceremony with Parvati, the creation of Ganesh and his essential relationship with Nandi. Prayer at Shiva’s temple is incomplete without reverence to Nandi, and it is said that Nandi will listen to people’s wishes and communicate them to the Lord.

Vivek Kumavat received his BFA from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. He has exhibited throughout India as well as in Dubai, London and Singapore.

Vivek Kumavat welcomes requests for commissioned paintings. If you like a painting that has sold, or if you have a particular space in mind, a custom painting can be made to your taste and specifications regarding size, color palette and other details. You are welcome to buy his paintings online or view them at our gallery in Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area). All artworks are hand signed by the artist and include a certificate of authenticity.