He is an artist who was never too fond of painting as a child. He did painting in school only to increase his overall academic scores. Little was he aware that he was god gifted with artistic hands. Raj, the talent behind Raj Artworks, was first recognized for his talent by his Maths and Art teacher Ms Vani Rao who also encouraged him to take it forward. As a child, he was motivated by this encouragement and decided to join formal painting classes. He participated in numerous inter school competitions and won many accolades. His work is displayed in his school even today.
Higher education, marriage and job diverted him from his talent and passion for a few years until he met his school friend who reminded him of his artistic skills and his wife encouraged him to draw something on canvas once again. A diploma in fine arts and an IT professional in one of the top banks in America, Raj believes in putting his soul and mind in his paintings. He started back with his passion as a hobby in 2017 and decided to put up his work for sale for the first time in the local county vendor’s exhibition in Harrisburg, North Carolina in April 2017.
His work of art immediately grabbed all the positive attention from the right spectators.Mesmerized by his work, the owner of a local shop called 47K Marketplace approached him with an offer to put up his work in his shop and expose his paintings to the local market. The affirmative decision from Raj to join 47K Marketplace was the first break that gave birth to ‘Raj Artworks’.
When Raj connects his brush to the canvas, the strokes that emerge result in beautiful bright, abstract and contemporary art work that is sure to give the right positive vibe to the home or place where it will end up. He believes in experimental creativity with his paintings. He learns new techniques through internet and by observing other artists.
“Art is not what you see, it is what you make others see. Learning is never ending process. With every work of mine I learn something new” – Raj
“Which part of the house will this painting make a difference and how can I bring a sense of uniqueness in my work is what I am thinking when I am creating my art”, says Raj who also calls this the unique selling point of his work.
“Once I am convinced with my work, I am in a better position to convince my customer” – Raj.
His biggest challenge which is also his ultimate goal is to reach a broader audience that can visualise his paintings with a positive perspective.
His work and sales have been steady from past one year. He wants to scale this up. In just one year since he made his first professional art work, he has participated in various art walks and is planning an event on a larger scale by collaborating with local artists who come from different backgrounds of talent.
An enthusiastic Raj has amazing ideas in his mind to promote his work. He wants to come up with events like “Canvas and cupcakes” for children or “Wine and Canvas” for adults where he can display his work along with other artists while giving a platform to encourage other budding artists to make and display their work.
Raj is an ambitious artist who wants to make it big in the world of art. He aspires to participate in Pop Art Street gallery, an organisation that conducts competition for art lovers. The best selected art is put up on billboards. His painting of “Three boats” has won accolades among many local artists. He was also awarded as the artist of the month online in January 2018 for his work by Artsyshark, an online store that gives a platform to budding artists to build a business out of their work. The latest addition to his list of recognitions is the special merit in painting category in animal’s art exhibition for his horse painting by LighSpaceTime-an organisation that helps artists market their art.
Raj is now working with local shops to come up with merchandise with prints of his art work like tee shirts, mugs and other souveneirs. He is growing fast and does not want to leave any stone unturned to achieve his goals of reaching the right galleries for his work. Making Raj Artworks a big brand by creating his own website and expanding his customer base in India are his near future goals.
His business mantra – “Always take feedback from customer about your work, learn something new from every sale, evaluate yourself at every step and connect back with a better work”
His ability to connect with people with ease has always been his strength and this has helped him in his business to reach the right audience.
“My dream is to make a corner for Raj Artworks in every art gallery in India and America”, says Raj who is a determined and ambitious person. His biggest support, his wife Shiwani, is also his biggest critique and keeps him balanced in life.
Raj knows his passion is not his bread and butter as yet and hence struggles to give more time to his business. Yet his achievements are credible given the fact that he has been just for one year into this business.
“You know you are on the right track when you have no interest in looking back”
You can view Raj Artworks at: https://m.facebook.com/RajArtWorks/
Works are also available to buy from 47K Marketplace Monroe, NC
You can reach Raj at: email@example.com