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By Christine Pemberton

Madan Meena, artist, researcher, curator, writer is a man of many parts, all of which are heavily influenced by his roots. As he says, “As an artist my art has been inspired by rural art forms including traditional art objects, textile, jewelry and the colourful costumes worn by the people of Rajasthan.”

Published: 18th January 2017

Madan Meena - Pannigar 2

Madan Meena is from the Meena tribe of Rajasthan, a tribe with a strong artistic tradition.

Madan Meena - Rajastan

The women of the Meena tribe traditionally decorate the walls and floors of their homes, in an art form known as “mandana painting.” Circles are an important element of mandana art.

Madan Meena

Madan Meena not only documents this traditional art form but is himself influenced by it.

Madan Meena image

Madan has written 3 books about mandana folk art, which is such an important part of his own artistic make-up, and he finds his own creative inspiration from the simple tribal art.

Madan Meena - Ranthambore

Studies, fellowships, exhibitions - all of these are also part of Madan Meena’s persona, but it is to his roots that he constantly returns in his paintings.

Madan Meena Bold lines and minimalism

One of the hallmarks of mandana tribal art is the combinations of bold lines and minimalism..

Madan Meena - simplicity of rural life

The simplicity of Meena rural life appeals to the artist.

Madan Meena - Gadhiwala and the Textile Dealer

Gadhiwala (left) and The Textile Dealer (right)

Madan Meena

With a PhD in visual anthropology and art history, with his love for his roots, the traditions of his tribe are in safe documentary hands.

Madan Meena

The work speaks for itself!





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The Indian state of Rajasthan has always inspired artists because of a rich tapestry of tradition and culture. It is here that artist Madan Meena gets his inspiration from. A look at his work.

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