Born in 1975 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, Arvind Kolapkar’s works are bright, happy expressions of joyous unions. In most of his paintings, one observes an amorous couple or groups of friends enjoying each other’s company, giving his work the appearance of a tribute to the relationships that people share. Arvind is greatly inspired by music, particularly classical and folk music which has played a predominant role in his work. A flute is a constant motif, appearing in almost all of his canvases, provoking one to make references to the mythical Krishna and his idyllic world of joy.
Not experimenting greatly with the medium or the form, Kolapkar’s acrylics on canvas can be easily identified by the bright use of a single background colour; slender, elongated women in black with coloured foreheads and noses; and the presence of a flute.
Arvind Kolapkar completed a Diploma in Art Education from the Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, in 2000. Prior to that, he received a General Diploma in art in 1999, and an Art Teacher’s Diploma in 1993, both from the same institution. Kolapkar was awarded the State Art Painting Award in 2002.