"Things keep changing. What I think, how I think, what I paint, how I paint. Guess that’s called being alive. The angst is no more. It is more of an understanding that prevails.
The unknown excites more now. Not forcing an idea/concept on the work. Not thinking, just standing there in front of the canvas and literally letting it guide me, spontaneously. Not knowing what it will look like and where it will go. That feels more thrilling and liberating, from the usual clutches of conditioning and clichéd thought patterns. I now feel that stories are so naturally etched in the subconscious that I don’t have to force them in the art-making process. My usual themes of personal reflections (the usual, who am I? why I am? duh!), intra-personal emotions and relationship dynamics, behaviour patterns, the politics of power & society, the spiritual, the lines of control and the desperate urge to break free from it all."
Manil (b.1978, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh) started his solo art practice after completing his BFA in Applied Arts in 2003 from College of Art in New Delhi. In 2011, he collaborated with his brother (as artist-duo ManilRohit), and did their first solo together. They also created India’s first most comprehensive & popular Docu-series on the work & lives of some of the most notable creators of India. Produced, Directed & Hosted by them, the series is called The Creative Indians and it can be seen on Netflix. Now in it’s 4 season, and with partnerships as those of Apple & Absolut, the series stands as a wonderful
archive of the contemporary creative legacy of India, with works and lives of more than 50 Indians documented. Manil’s body of work also has some notable Public Art Projects, one of them being The Holographic Love Machine (2012), one of India’s first Art Cars. In 2016, he was invited to speak on creativity, at TEDx Bangalore and has given talks across various platforms on art, creativity & filmmaking. In 2019, Manil also helped set-up India’s first Course in Filmmaking on iPhone at the Whistling Woods International School, Mumbai in partnership with Apple.
Presently, he lives and works in Goa.