Craft: Tribal Folk Artist (Worli Paintings)
Anil Chaitya Vangad hails from a small Warli tribal village in Maharashtra north of the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai. He has been paintings for the last 19 years in the traditional art style of the Warlis, experimenting with themes of gods and goddesses as well as the more contemporary issues of our times. It was the artist’s mother who influenced and taught him how to paint.
He still prefer to use the traditional mediums of gerue, cow dung, charcoal and rice paste without the use of use synthetic dyes and paints in his paintings and encourages his family members to do the same.
He is not just passionate about painting but also about farming which is the traditional occupation of the Warlis. He has the vision and zeal to take the Warli life forward incorporating the good of the modern world while retaining their traditions. Vangad’s works have been exhibited in The USA as well as Britain and France, Singapore
Recently in July of 2014, Anil Vangad’s work was introduced to the Santa Fe Folk Art market for the first time and in September 2014 he was awarded the WCC Award of Excellence from UNESCO for his painting bringing Warli art on everyone’s attention.