Six Indian digital artists on Instagram you should check out

Over the past few months, digital collage art has become a popular trend for digital artists around the world. Indian artists have also followed the trend and our feeds have been flooded with stunning digital collages. We talk to the cream of digital culture about their works and their style

YASH SHETTY

Yash Shetty’s visual catalog is varied, and the artist constantly likes to change his style. His artistic palette ranges from macabre and dystopian to warm and summery. “My works aim to create a sense of peace and visual harmony. When I create a piece, I don’t approach it with a particular subject in mind. I discover the direction I’m taking by assembling the work. And I firmly believe that art is never done. It can always be improved,” says Shetty. Instagram: @iamshettyyy

RAHUL V MATHEW

Rahul V Mathew was one of the first digital collage artists to become famous for his collages of classic Indian paintings last year. Since then, Mathew has evolved his artistic portfolio, with more unique collages, as well as album and magazine covers. “It’s been a year since I started experimenting with digital collages as an artistic creation technique. I find this very liberating, as it helps me communicate bizarre issues that are rich in information. I love the process of evolving a design. I believe this is where the learning begins, and the process you follow can help you create multiple ideas and outcomes, helping you diversify your thought process,” he says. Instagram: @rahul_v_mathew

TABREZ

Tabrez Alam’s works do not clearly fall within the boundaries of digital collages or are not as complex as others, but are still a beautiful form of expression. He mixes stills from movies with classic paintings, which has helped him garner an impressive following on social media and his own group of admirers. “My approach to these artworks is based on how a film made me feel and what emotion a frame evokes. I then try to find a suitable painting with a similar color palette, everything by still having the same objects in the painting that the scene originally had. I think that ties it all together nicely, with a bit of a sense of reality as you splash the room with your interpretation,” Alam says on Instagram. : @tabrezthethird

PINKBLUE

Pinkoblue aka Dipanshu Singhall had always been artistically inclined, but a push from his parents and college professor Shubha Srivastava helped get his foot in the door. Singhall’s art draws heavily from Indian culture and mythologies, coupled with vibrant colors and intricate symbolism. “I believe I’m a very colorful person, and that’s also something I want to reflect in the collages I make. That’s why I use bright colors. The things that inspire me the most are the universe and flora, which are also an integral part of my collages”, he describes. Instagram: @pinkoblue

THE BIG-EYED COLLAGIST

The works of Sarah Kaushik alias The Bigeyed Collagist always merge two themes that are juxtaposed. Kaushik’s classifies his process as an “automated process”, where the contrasting images invite the thought and the visual to come together. “I make extensive use of vintage imagery from India and beyond, to create scenarios of the present day. These unexpected compositions address the boundaries between various social, political and cultural stigmas regarding our society, ultimately hoping to achieve a tolerance for complexity and diversity,” says Kaushik. Instagram: @thebigeyed_collagist

SEHER KHAN

Seher Khan was born and raised in Oman, but came to Mumbai when she was 20 years old. She is a stylist and her art is strongly influenced by fashion. His style can be described as synchronized chaos, as various elements are spread across the canvas, with a human element that ties them all together beautifully. “I believe I have a good sense of color and composition, both of which are crucial for collage. I remember buying my first iPad, which started it all. I slowly started doing digital collages and people started noticing. With the support, I was motivated and immediately immersed myself in it. Instagram: @seherkhanart

Marilyn M. Davis