Sidharth, a multi talented creative and colourful personality with a remarkably checkered career, has led a life full of turns and twists that make this born again artist’s story full of mystique, that gets mirrored in his art. Traversing from realistic figuration to ritualistic work, classical imagery to abstract installations, folk idiom to international contemporary sensibility, his repertoire includes painting, print making, writing poetry, composing music, singing, sculpting, calligraphy, drawing, filming and now a unique creative genre that is an assimilation of these varied streams. From humble beginnings as a child assistant to a wall painter he has turned out to be an internationally acclaimed artist exhibited and collected extensively.
Born in 1956 in Raikot, Punjab, India, Sidharth’s mother inculcated in him a spirit of connection with nature and the divine. He started painting signboards while still at school. He learned the skilled art of creating murals and friezes from Tara Mason, skilled master craftsmen of the area in Punjab.He not only meditated on the tenets of Buddhism but also learnt the highly esoteric and formal religio-magical art of the Thangka painting technique from the Tibetan monks.
His artistic journey continued and he went to Sweden where he observed and practiced western artistic traditions seen in the canvases, frescoes and windows of churches and museums.
Five-year diploma in painting from college of art Chandigarh India.
He has held twenty two solo shows and has participated in a hundred eighteen group shows in India, UK, Sweden and USA since 1976. He is also a recipient of various awards for his works. His works have been acquired by the Indian Government Museum, the British Council in Delhi, the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi; the British, Mexican and Swedish Ambassadors; the Düsseldorf Museum; Heda, Sweden and several industrial groups in India and abroad. He is the author of a book Neti Neti and has made fifteen documentaries on Indian Temples, Art and Architecture. made a short film entitled ‘The decorated cow’.
A PSBT film on artist Sidharth by K. Bikram Singh.