Hanuman Kambli’s prints, multi-media works on paper, and paintings explore human and institutional contradiction, betrayal and transformation. The corrupted mind as well as crooked government is symbolized by multiple shifting heads sometimes festooned by reptiles and scorpions. In works of a more serene temperament, states of illusion and transcendence are mirrored in faces evolving and devolving from form to formlessness, seeing from within and without.
Growing up in the richly layered cultural region of the former Portuguese colony of Goa, Kambli’s work is rooted in the influences of his own diverse culture, his interest in international art has also contributed formal vocabulary, blending his own cultural icons with the fractured faces in the work of cubist masters such as Picasso and Braque. While the variance of life around him has provided a range of earth-bound influences, the philosophies of the Indian spiritual teachers he has studied, J. Krishnamurti and Sri Aurobindo, offer something more subtle and tenuous. These shifting influences, like the Janus headed faces in Kambli’s work, is reflective of the contradictions inherent in human nature.
Hanuman Kambli received his MFA in printmaking from Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan and teaches printmaking at the Goa College of Art. He has been a visiting artist at many national and international institutions including The Wimbledon College of Art in London, Montclair State University in New York and The University of Connecticut. He was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and has been included in many national and international exhibitions and print portfolios.
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