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Practising the art of giving: Artists with the paintings that were auctioned at Casablanca in Puducherry.
Practising the art of giving: Artists with the paintings that were auctioned at Casablanca in Puducherry.

Staff Reporter

Proceeds of the sale to go to Nangal Education Project in Thazhanguda village

PUDUCHERRY: Touched by the work of Nangal Education Project in Thazhanguda village, artists recently auctioned their artworks and contributed the proceeds to their project.

Collages by Miranda, paintings by Aurotaranti, digital art by Leonard, paintings by P. Radja, and photographs by Yann Pitchal were auctioned at Casablanca’s second art auction in Puducherry.

Aurotaranti Maiolini was born in Puducherry, and has lived most of her life in India, France and the USA. She is a teacher at Transition School in Auroville. Proceeds from the sale of her artworks goes to support the construction of the Auroville Youth Center, which she co-founded in 1997.

One of her works, titled ‘Alone’, which was auctioned, has a golden being standing facing a source of light.

“I started doing the painting of someone walking in a desert but the colours changed and it became this,” says Taranti.

Photographer Yann Pitchal came to Puducherry from Paris in 1998, and has been practicing photography since the age of 15.

I one piece of art he set four cows in a frame with each facing a cardinal direction — he calls the piece ‘cardinal cows’.

P. Radja is an upcoming artist, who graduated from the Bharathiar Palkalai Koodam in 2006. His creations have mostly been inspired by the sights in his village. People travelling in bullock carts, working in a paddy field, his sister and other young girls are his subjects. He works on watercolour, acrylic and oil mediums.

This 28-year-old has been painting and photographing for more than 10 years. This is the first time that Leonard’s work uses concrete elements, appearing in the form of photographs of people taken over the last year or so. They express elements of his life experience. These are interposed with scanned images of his paintings, and then pared down to retain the essentials features of the people. This approach aims to give viewers just enough elements to lead them further into each picture, and to thus encourage a deeper perception of the form.

Miranda Rumina was born in Slovenia, where she studied English and Italian language and literature and economics. She has an art gallery and runs an art society Kerubin on the Slovenian coast. She has travelled, worked and lived in several countries across the world. She now lives and works in Auroville.


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