Naushad Gayoor is one of the prolific and popular contemporary artists from Kashmir. He has done his bachelor's from IMFA, Srinagar, and masters in applied art from the prestigious College of Art, Delhi. He is a state award winner and has held numerous exhibitions, workshops, and artist camps across India.
Being a son of a renowned artist and academician, Gayoor Hasan, he never ceases to aspire to be like him. The legacy of his father remains to be a great source of inspiration and energy to think and act as an artist even in the most hostile conditions in the Valley.
Naushad is a powerhouse of energy when it comes to art - be it as an artist, art teacher, organizer, or curator. Right from his graduation days at IMFA, Srinagar, he has been at the forefront to commit himself to the cause of art and culture. He was the founder member of CAF, a non-profit artists’ commune, to promote art awareness in the Valley during the most violent years of insurgency in the late 1990s.
Since the death of his father in 2013 his restlessness to devote his time to art promotion has only increased. Recently in 2018 and 19, as a director of the Gayoor Art Foundation, the two successive art exhibitions, Vibes I and Vibes II, which he launched outside the state, have been a great success.
At present he is teaching, working, and living in Kashmir.
Dr. Waseem Mushtaq Dated: 15 August 2020
Visual Artist/ Associate Professor
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
Jeetin Rangher is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bangalore, India. With an education in painting and design, his interest in the Arts is nurtured by his sensitivity to his surroundings of both the natural and social environment. He initiated the Green World Art Festival in November 2010 which continued in 2011, 2012. He has been working with different communities in conflict zones in Kashmir, India. HEALING HANDS- ART INTERVENTION IN CONFLICT ZONES is his project conducted in Jammu and Kashmir. Through his expressions in the visual arts, Rangher’s main concern over the years has been man’s intervention in the natural world. His performances are responses and critical reflections on our social, cultural, as well as political behavior. The artist has been intensively involved with community art and special needs kids, conducting workshops with them. His recent project, Art Adda was created with the support of a grant from the India Foundation for Arts as a part of Project 560 named after the Bangalore postal code 560. Art Adda was an intervention into found space in the heavily populated and cosmopolitan city of Bangalore. Through his performances, Rangher takes his body into public spaces to interact with the audience. Rangher says, “My works are more about self-healing, they are about transformation and change through sharing and connecting. They are meant to be raw and subtle, intense, and beautiful. I want to shake people by shaking myself. I believe the body is the most nostalgic element, the most vivid, vital, dynamic, powerful and beautiful, one where the past, present and future coexist, where life and death make a synthesis, where I can find my fears and hopes, my memories and most importantly my strength, drive, and spirit.”
More recently, Rangher has focused on creating site-specific performances that are not planned in advance, but made in response to a location that is selected upon arrival. He has been involved in art activism through his performances and he has been a part of numerous performances as well as other types of festivals, and multidisciplinary art projects in India and South Asia. http://artaddaindia.blogspot.in/.
Soch Studio is a residency project, which Rangher created with the artist Katarina Rasic in Bangalore and is an ongoing project. Rangher’s most recent performances were at the Serendipity Art Festival, Colombo Biennale, Jaipur Art Summit to name a few.
Projects Initiated by the Artist
Art Explosion - Surface Scratches - Chapter 1,2,3