‘With endearing honesty and vulnerability, Raghava KK tells the colorful tale of how art has taken his life to new places, and how life experiences in turn have driven his multiple reincarnations as an artist — from cartoonist to painter, media darling to social outcast, and son to father.'( http://www.ted.com/talks/raghava_kk_five_lives_of_an_artist.html)

How amazing is this young man? His sheer determination and ingenuity puts many of us to shame.In this talk he shows how his artistic life has evolved, and how he has seized every opportunity that came his way! Watch the video at the address listed above.

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(I really like the emotion in this piece)

At the beginning of his journey into paint he utilised a lot of  ‘Jackson Pollock’ type techniques , throwing paint onto huge canvases on the floor, using his hands and feet also, and then painting images into them.He even enlisted some friends to dance on his wet paintings to bring them to life, and to bring energy into them – wow! i just love the fact that he obeys no rules in art, but paints from his soul! He has painted on any surface he could get his hands on, billboards, cars etc.He also shows how important it is to just ‘get yourself out there’ and that you can be the best artist in the world but if no one sees your work then you will never be successful, and he used many sneaky little tricks to cut through the red tape and get himself noticed!

I do feel though that what you give out you get back, and this guy has taught children cartooning and done a lot of work either for free, or in exchange for promotional services, and that is what it’s all about! He does say in the video that he wanted people to ‘feel his art from their gut’ and i think this is achieved because he also paints from there.

He wants his art experience to be like a ‘magic carpet ride around the world’ and i think he has definitely achieved it, and is an inspiration to me, and hopefully others.

It’s all about the passion!!! isn’t it!

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