Shorya Mahanot is a six year old boy with an incredible talent to create abstract expressionist art. Sailing into the art world as one of its two youngest abstract artists, Shorya had his first solo exhibition in his home country of India at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace when he was only four years old.
His enthusiastic explanation of his skillful creativity is simply stated: “I watched my sisters making their paintings and I wanted to do it too.” As a toddler, Shorya needed a little help and his sisters were eager to oblige, assisting with the paint containers and cutting the tape for his mixed media applications.
Today, between riding his scooter and playing with his toy cars, he can be found making his Jackson Pollock style works of art. No longer needing much assistance, his usual request upon returning from school is “I want to do some painting!” And in fact his supportive parents frequently have to beg him to take a break to join the family for dinner.
“It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”
– Jackson Pollack
“I see a mouse!” “Look! There’s a temple!” “I’m putting clouds in this painting,” he says explaining his additive artwork process with conviction. With every painting, Shorya’s signature style as an abstract expressionist artist evolves. He seems to thrive on his continual exploration of color and composition. “I love being in color!” he shouts to his sisters. And he frequently means the canvas as well as himself, complete with splatters.
Looking forward to his international adventure to New York’s Artexpo International Fine Art Show in March 2013, he asks: “Can I please bring my scooter and paints?”
A very young and prolific artist that inspires us to push our boundaries of vision and thought, Shorya’s luscious use of color and expressiveness on the canvas asks us to look beyond the two dimensions to see something more.