Amogh Katyayan is a visual artist based in Calgary, Alberta. Originally, he was born in the remote foothills of the Himalayas in India. As he had a very traditional Indian upbringing, his parents encouraged him to pursue a career in engineering, as it was a field with ample opportunity at the time. His career in engineering has given him the opportunity to travel to several countries. Eventually, he ended up in Calgary, Alberta where he has lived for nearly 19 years.
Amogh takes a fun and expressive approach to his art through his signature style. Often, he paints a colourful backdrop with vibrant acrylic paints. He then uses pastels to illustrate the figures he sees within the backdrop he painted. Amogh has also experimented in several other medias of art including resin pour painting, sculpture, and woodworking.
His work often focuses on themes that range in scale. His ‘Common Man’ series focuses on the value of everyday life whereas works like ‘New Democracy’ and ‘Consider Everyone’, focus on environmental issues and world politics.
Aside from creating art in his garage and working hard as an engineer, Amogh spends his time hanging out with his family, playing tennis, hiking, and listening to audiobooks.
Which ‘hood are you in?
I live in Aspenwoods; relatively close to downtown where I work and closer to mountains where my inspiration lives!
What do you do?
I am an engineer by profession and work in oil and gas industry. Creating art is my meditation and gives me peace and calmness.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on “Common Man” series. The main subject in each piece ,“Our Hero”, depicts the daily life of a person in different scenarios. Some of the paintings represent everyday tasks like running or dog walking. Others show the more adventurous side such as his “Cliffhanger” or “Ropewalker” pieces, while others show the challenges and pressures in as seen in his “Rising Corporate Ladder” painting. I took a break from this series for few months to create ‘Animals’ series. I think I will continue both of the series for sometime.
Most of my work can be found at www.amogh.art and on instagram at @amogh_art
Where can we find your work?
I currently use instagram as my art sharing platform @amogh_art.
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