LARGER THAN LIFE
Born in Solapur in 1984, the muralist Nilesh Kharade ran away from home— to paint other people’s walls. Next month, he’ll be creating public art at the Bay Area Mural festival in Oakland, California.
Nilesh says he prefers to engage with ‘social issues’. Like the larger-than-life mural he created of a folk musician begging for his livelihood in Jaipur, and at the same spot where the man actually plays his music. End result—the mural made it impossible for the government to ignore him. His Mumbai portrait of Dadasaheb Phalke—which measures more than 120 feet—is reportedly Asia’s largest mural. And in Bihar, he painted the full 230x25 feet facade of the Dhanapur railway station with a tribute to the ancient Indian mathematician Aryabhatta, prompting a string of requests by the local villagers to rename the station in the genius’s honour.
t 3 3. Nilesh with his art work
2. Graffiti of birds at a Delhi Metro station