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Yantr is a pseudonymous graffiti artist from Delhi, India.[1] Yantr is a Sanskrit word which literally means "machine".[2][3]

Yantr
Born
Real name: unknown

Date of birth: unknown
Known forGraffiti
Street art
Social commentary

Early lifeEdit

The real identity of him is not known. Not much is known about his life. He was raised in Assam where his father owned a garage. He is an Indian artist and designer who introduced contemporary mural art as a street art in India. He is an alumnus of Department of Fine Arts,from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Before starting the street art movement he worked nearly 10 years as an art director in advertising industry where he worked on global and Indian brands. Yantr has started contemporary mural art movement from Delhi and spread it to all over India such as in Mumbai, Kochi, Himachal Pradesh and Pune.

CareerEdit

Yantr was introduced to street art in 2006 and started working in 2008–09. He has traveled across India to paints murals in various cities including Delhi, Guwahati, Pune, Mumbai.[4][5] He stenciled a man with notes at different places in Delhi overnight in 2011 to protest against black money.[citation needed] He created Parmanu Muskan, the Buddha wearing a mechanical mask, for creating awareness of environmental issues. He also created an art Heart exchange with Sé Cordeiro in Hauz Khas during 2014 street art festival.[6] He painted a bleeding rhino near Assam Zoo to highlight illegal poaching of rhinos for its horns.[2] H He participated in St+Art Mumbai. At Kochi Muziris Biennale, he pained mechanical giant whale. He also created massive bird by arranging fodder on ground near village in Delhi.[1] During street art festival in 2014, he created a mural of large drone with an eye on the side of five story building in Shahpur Jat area of Delhi.[7] He also participated in 18 Degrees Festival in October 2014 and painted murals in Shillong.[8] During street art festival in Mumbai, Ranjit Dahiya and he partnered to paint India’s largest mural, depicting the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke. He also painted a simple wall with a window into a dream sequence which later featured in home and design trends magazine.[3] In 2015, he created promotional wall arts for Cadbury Oreo biscuits in Delhi.[9] In 2016, he painted India’s tallest mural, 115 feet high water tank, depicting the wildlife conservation named Mission Leopard, in National Capital Region Gurgaon (Now Gurugram).[10] In September 2016, he painted India’s first ever fire station in Pune, depicting the courage and spirit of firemen.[citation needed]

StyleEdit

His style is influenced by his childhood experiences in his father's garage and work in field of arts. His works are amalgamation of machines, organic forms and art, sometimes called bio-mechanicals, with eclectic themes.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Jaisinghani, Tamanna (14 November 2014). "The Power of Yantr". Red Bull. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Nath, Arundhati (28 September 2015). "An insider's guide to Guwahati: more than just a gateway to India's northeast". the Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Sengupta, Anuradha; Review, Special to Weekend (17 February 2016). "Asia's largest dry port becomes open-air gallery". GulfNews. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ Daftuar, Swati (5 May 2012). "Showcase: Open air gallery". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  5. ^ "City's grey alleys get an artistic makeover". Deccan Herald. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Delhi's modern murals: Extraordinary outdoor galleries". The Independent. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  7. ^ Sanyal, Amitava (15 February 2014). "Wall streets". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Second edition of 18 Degrees Festival 2014 in Shillong 20141009". Manipur - E-Pao!. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  9. ^ Mathew, Joby (8 June 2015). "Cadbury Oreo uses Graffiti wall art for the "Play with OREO' campaign". Home |. Retrieved 19 January 2016.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  10. ^ Patra, Pratyush (26 November 2016). "Gurgaon needs public art on wildlife conservation, say artists who painted leopards on water tank". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 December 2016.