A Baba's Wisdom - Oil on linen canvas

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  • Artist Pera Caroline
  • Category Figurative paintings
  • Creation year 2018
  • Dimensions 50 x 50 x D 2 cm
  • Technique Oil on linen canvas
  • About

    I’ve always enjoyed painting portraits as each person represents an entire intimate world: a world of memories, perceptions, feelings, projects, and choices. Every face has a story to tell. While I was living in Nepal working on another collection, I randomly happened on the surreal Shiva Festival in the heart of Kathmandu, and this truth came spectacularly to life. I was encompassed in a world of hundreds of Babas, those ascetic vagabonds who come from all over India and Nepal to worship Lord Shiva, dressed in their bright multi-colored fabrics. For their annual three-day festival, the Babas reunite together in an area of small temples perched on a hilltop overlooking the city and the river that is in constant use for cremation ceremonies.
    They are surrounded by monkeys, trees, and the campfires used to make their special chai tea. They meditate, reciting mantras while clouds of smoke fume out of their mouths, obliterating their consciousness. Fiery visions seem to take flight from their eyes. This collection aims to represent the vivid impressions of contrasts I perceived at the Shiva Festival. The poverty of an ascetic religious life clashes with the grace and elegance of their glorious colorful tunics. Their quest for the ego’s annulment contrasts with their proud posture, their poses hinting at self-ostentation.

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Pera Caroline

Caroline Pera is a French/American artist, born in Milan, Italy in 1987. She studied at Central St. Martins in London and currently lives in Milan. Pera uses art and aestheticism in her portraits as a tool to research psychology and anthropology.
Growing up in a large family, drawing provided the young Pera with her own private world that offered both excitement and escape. This became almost like an active daydream and inspired her first collection - a series of utopian landscapes filled with surrealist objects.

Pera applies a quasi-scientific process to her paintings by collecting, documenting and amalgamating different elements of a subject’s character in order to create a puzzle- like portrait of them. Pera takes on the role of the anthropologist, integrating herself into a community in order to fully engage with her subjects and glean authentic visual information from them. Portraiture supplies Pera and indeed the viewer with an entire world of personal memories, emotions and stories.
Pera is discovering growing success, having had a number of solo exhibitions in the past few years in Milan, London and New York. In 2010 she was a finalist for the prestigious Deutsche Bank Awards.

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