Vishnu Soni is an artist extraordinaire. The unassuming Rajasthani painter is from the eighth generation of a family of artists that have been specialists in the Jaipur School of Art. He started painting 24 years back.
Soni’s forte is meenakari miniature art. His works are very intricate. A highlight of this form of art is the usage of gold. Soni uses 24 carat gold. Quite a regular at the Sampoorn Handicraft Exhibitions in Bangalore, Soni has a vast oeuvre. At Harshita Arts & Crafts, his home-cum-workshop in Jaipur, he puts in 8 hours of work every day. His wife and four children help him out. He paints on various media like silk, paper, old postcards, old stamp paper, rice paper, and gemstones like onyx, jade, and quartz. He makes the paint at home with stone and vegetables. Not surprisingly, the brushes used in this form of art are extremely fine tipped.
Works on post cards:
Works on stamp paper:
Jewellery and accessories:
He spends around 1 day to 1 year on his works. A perfectionist to the core, Soni has been awarded by the Rajasthan government for his mastery. He proudly displays the newspaper photograph showing him receiving the award. Soni showcases and sells his creations in his hometown Jaipur, Bangalore, Surajkund, Chandigarh, France, Singapore and many other cities. He particularly loves Bangalore because of the city’s pleasant climate and the numerous art lovers who flock to buy his works. He has great memories of his trips to France because he found out that the French love miniature art. His best-selling creation has been an elaborately done scene from the Mahabharata which took him around 6 months. When selling his paintings, Soni gives the buyer tips on how best to showcase it. A buyer, who bought a lovely painting of a Rajasthani lady was advised to fix a night-lamp over the piece to accentuate the gold work. Drawings of musical instruments:
Soni’s subjects are diverse. He draws inspiration from mythology, nature, music, heritage and Rajasthan culture. His most common subjects are the symbols of Rajasthan: The elephant is the symbol of love, the horse a symbol of power and the camel a symbol of good luck. The elephant is also the symbol of Jaipur, the horse is the symbol of Jodhpur and the camel the symbol of Udaipur. Men from the different regions of Rajasthan tie their turbans in different styles. Soni has quite a few paintings depicting the different styles. What are his plans for the future? “To make more masterpieces and bring in more improvisations,” comes the reply. A very enthusiastic man and a go-getter, he sure is going to come out with more magic with his brushes and talent.
Vishnu Soni conducts classes on miniature art in Bangalore. For further details you could contact him at 9829933475.
Harshita Arts & Crafts,
P. No. 15, Shyam Vatika, Naila Road,
Balaji Property Street, Jaising Pura Khor,
Delhi Bypass Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 27