You walk into Studio S and you are hit by a heady sensation. The walls
of Studio S are lined with bright fluorescent paintings. Stop in front of a painting,
reflect for a moment. Clarifies the artist, Magno, with a slight Georgian
accent "my work comes from deep within. All my work is a product of deep
contemplation and meditation."
This is the first time Magno is
exhibiting his art in India outside the Osho Ashram. Magno had been visiting
India for many years now, spending at least six months every year. "My
art has been a journey, a discovery," says Magno, groping for just the
right words to explain his art, which comes most naturally to him. "I
grasped the technique and craft of painting while studying Mathematics and Art
at the University of Tbilisi. But there was something missing in my work at that
time. May be there was no feeling, no heart," Magno reflects.
1978, Soviet Union was a closed country, but Magno managed to get hold of a hand
written version of The Book of Secrets by Osho. "I
discovered my spiritual master in Osho, and the course of my life underwent a
change," he states philosophically. He veered, he says, towards the wisdom
of the east and his lasting love - Indian philosophy and Yoga.
have a deeply soothing effect on the mind. "You must see my paintings
with a relaxed state of mind, may be we can put some chairs for the viewers to
sit down and contemplate on the paintings," says Magno, while wondering
about the arrangements inside the studio.
"Every picture is a metaphor,
a symbol. It can lead you to your inner feelings" explains Madita
Dickhut who takes the viewers through guided meditation. "This is
a new way of seeing, seeing from your
heart." Madita, who has been leading Hypnosis groups and trainings all
over the world, uses voice and music as a background to help people relax. "Relax
your body and mind, defocus, and let the painting enter your inner self, just
like meditation," is Madita's advise "you have to let go, a leaf
doesn't hold onto any one, as Lao-tsu said" explains Madita pointing
towards the painting Enlightenment. "You have to feel your inner silence
"Come and see the paintings again in the
moonlight, you will see the difference" says Magno to the day audience
at the Studio. Sanjeev Singhal, the owner of Studio S is clearly very involved
with the whole exhibition, "I have specially arranged for special UV lights
in the other room just to capture the subtle glow in Magno's paintings and make
them come alive."
I meditate," explains Magno patiently, "images appear to my mind's
eye and gently disappear. I try to capture an image and recreate it on paper.
Many times it doesn't work, so I reject a lot of my work, which doesn't satisfy
me. I have tried working with different mediums like acrylic and oils, but this
method of using watercolours on velvet paper gives the most subtle effects. Also
a velvet paper can hold water for longer time which gives me the desired control
on the colour spread." To Magno, his art is a mystical experience. "The
feeling of divine can be expressed in many ways and one way is through the expression
of our feelings; to let the divine live through us. To me that is the process
of art. The inner self is so subtle, and when the inner and outer self resonate
inner fulfillment happens" he says with a glint in his eye.
has an interesting observation on the response of viewers to his art "I
am intrigued by the various ways in which my art appeals to people. Everybody
connects with it in his / her own unique manner. Somebody even saw my face in
one of my painting. Now that's something I never did consciously" he
As a parting note, Magno muses, "My art itself is not
important, it's the feeling of inner connection that I am looking for."
If you're looking for that deeper feeling, a path to your inner self, you
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