Sushil Soni was born in 1981, into a family deeply entrenched in Pichwai tradition of painting. He spent his childhood amongst the artists who made a living selling their artwork in the ‘Chitron ki Galli’ or Street of Paintings in Nathdwara, Rajasthan. Having shown a deftness for the art form, Sushil Soni started to paint at the age of ten and then pursued painting formally after he graduated from Nathdwara college.
In an effort to retain the authenticity of the Pichwai art form, Sushil Soni uses natural stone colour on cotton cloth canvases to capture his masterpieces. Like the original artworks, he paints Lord Krishna’s face with typical features like the languid eyes, broad nose and full body.
What sets Sushil Soni apart from other Pichwai style artists, is the sheer richness of his paintings. Having studied various art forms including Indian Miniature style paintings, Sushil Soni’s artwork stands out. He embellishes his paintings with embroidery, gold, and appliqué work. The experimentation on various media and use of varied techniques made him a much sought-after Pichwai artist.