By Hand From The Heart is a biannual Makers Market held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Rajendra Munje talks about Rupak, his art therapy and “Infinity” – Rupak’s latest art works collection. Based in Chennai , Rajendra Munje & his family have been mentoring their immensely gifted son, Rupak who was born autistic.
Tell us a bit about Rupak Munje.
Rupak Munje, Now 19, born autistic, is a student of ‘We CAN’ where he is being groomed to be a star performer. Non-verbal, he expresses through his paintings. Started his training under the American art therapist, Melissa Enderle. His father Rajendra Munje has since then, mentored him. Today, he has over 128 paintings which have been exhibited at Planet Autism, Fourm Art Gallery, Dakshinchitra, Kalakshetra, Hyatt Regency, Cuckoo Club Diner, By Hand, From The Heart, Lalit Kala Akademi is his 13th show. His paintings have also been appreciated the world over. We thank all the art lovers for giving his paintings a home in India, America, Canada, UK and Australia and helped him transform from ‘Autistic to Artist’.
How long has Rupak been painting and creating?
It started as Art Therapy in 2011 to improve Rupak’s holistically. After about 50 paintings we displayed them at Forum Art Gallery on World Autism Awareness Day since then the world is eagerly want to see his paintings.
Tell us about Rupak’s recent works and the proposed showcase at the By Hand, From The Heart.
Rupak has completed 128 very unique paintings which itself is a huge landmark which inspired us to create infinity as a theme for upcoming By Hand, From The Heart at Lalit Kala Akademi.
Please log on http://rajendramunjecreative.blogspot.in/ to see his paintings.
Can you describe Rupak’s work space?
Everything he does is unique; all his creations are created on our dining table!
What is a typical day at “RUPAK MUNJE PAINTINGS” like.
It’s a passion and inspiration which drives us. We work with Rupak mostly on weekends! Or whenever Rupak gets inspired!
What/who inspires you? Or how do you find inspiration?
By his amazing sixth sense Rupak inspires his father to write what he convey through his art! This always amazes us every time! We experiment with his skill with anything and everything we see! And what inspires him! We use Do, Think approach to create his work!
Can you describe Rupak’s creative process and what is the most rewarding part of this creative process ?
Rupak’s creative process is based on spontaneity and by enjoying the present moment. The most rewarding part of our creative process is Rupak’s art lover’s who love to give his art a home all over the world because it based on deep philosophy and only one of it’s kind.
What’s the best thing about being an artist ?
The best thing being an artist is we are not bound by time and restrictions. We are free to create what our inner being says!
What would you say to someone thinking about selling their work?
When we do what we love doing we will love selling and art lovers will love buying!
Anything exciting on the cards for the coming months?
Everything every moment excites us. We keep looking for an opportunities and breakthroughs for Rupak, right now we have By Hand, From The Heart Show at Lalit Kala Academi on the card.
How was business for you at the event?
Business was pretty good at By Hand From The Heart February 2016 show. Rupak’s Art Lover’s were willing to buy his paintings at the price we like to sell. Promising Art Lovers shown their willingness to buy in near future. We met 99% new Art Lovers at Lalit Kala Academy.
Describe your market experience.
Rupak’s Art Buyers gave his painting a home in their hearts I am sure they will take care of his paintings like they take care of their loved ones and show his paintings proudly to the world.
What was the outcome of your participation?
Every By Hand From The Heart participation is a memorable experience this was our 5th time with them their valuable inputs made all the difference. We were waiting for Lalit Kala Academy as venue, which was fulfilled by the By Hand From The Heart team. Also, they facilitated a radio interview on Chennai Live 104.8 FM & a short film with Rupak; this was a dream come true experience.