Sanjay Sharma
Ghaziabad, India

Sanjay Sharma grew up in a rural area of India called Jharkhand. He left for New Delhi to attend art school when he was 23 years old. He considers this life event a miracle. His paintings, which are about the human condition, are clearly influenced by his upbringing, the traditional beliefs he was raised with, and the social hierarchy he grew up in. The simple compositions, flat graphic figures, and somber sense of humor reflect a contemporary western style of art. Sanjay is interested in human conflict, behaviors, and societal discontent. He documents the mundane with a surreal twist in order to reveal the unique and absurd condition of being human. In “Exercise Demons” the figures engaging in physical exercise look like prisoners. In a piece titled “Mall” a giant tuxedo dwarfs the shoppers. Is Sanjay commenting on the frivolity of our aspirations, or the control that society and social/political hierarchy has over our lives? The work contains symbols of surveillance, rebellion, and control. The materiality of the canvas is also important to Sanjay. He textures the canvas with many layers of color until he is satisfied with the richness of the surface. The backgrounds feel aged and cemented, trapping and washing out the characters that he paints on top of them. The work communicates with a street art language, depicting figures that could be anyone, with imagery meant to stop us as we go about our daily lives, their mystery rolling around in our heads.

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Oil painting on unstretched canvas
Signed on front and back

48" h x 48" w 
9 lbs. 13 oz.


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In a suburb of Delhi, close to where I live, a lot of malls came up some years ago. This was an area which was previously occupied and inhabited by poor farmers. Then came development and many farmers sold their land for a lot of money. They were uneducated and not exposed to the mall culture. When the malls opened these villagers came to see the wonders the malls offered. They had never seen stores like the ones in the malls and their sense of wonder is what I have captured in this art work.

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Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Unstretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas is labeled unstretched, it means the canvas has NOT been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Unstretched canvases typically require stretching or framing.


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