"Existence" by Antonio Purr
Date: Sunday November 17, 2013
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: BOASOA Gallery
607 West Knoll, West Hollywood, CA 90069
6 pm presentation: South Asian Art and Literacy for Youth: Slide Presentation by Fatima Sultan, Director, Zanbeel Art (more info on SAALY below in "about Zanbeel Art section")
Followed by Poetry Reading: Poetry Reading: Mehnaz Sahibzada from her Memoirs "Tongue Tied"
Artist Statement & Biography
"I embrace the possibility that we can exist in a world free from labels" Antonio Puri
Antonio Puri is an Indian artist who was born in 1966. Antonio Puri has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Crossing Art Gallery and at the The Guild, NY.
His first experience with light and nature was growing up at the toes of the Himalayan mountain range, and the world's most impenetrable wilderness. Vast, imposing, and perfect, Antonio's inspiration was cut like the ganite of the range itself and weathered by its timeless music. It is little wonder, given so magnificent a backdrop that Antonio's first steps into Art came at the age of 5. A sensualist from the beginning, Antonio experimented with clay, batik, woodcarving and charcoal before painting with oils at age 12.
Antonio spent 17 years beneath the gaze of the Himalayas before wandering into the world that would become his playground. His experience in both English and International boarding schools lends the first hint of universality to his work - giving an international essence to his Art that transcends culture and ethnicity. Antonio studied Art across the globe - from Spain to Iowa, India to San Francisco. He drew inspiration from the Spanish Masters, French Impressionists, Abstract Expressionists, and the Dadaists.
Click here for his artist website
About Zanbeel Art
Zanbeel Art is a South Asian cultural resource that uses art to break down barriers between South Asia and the United States. By fostering understanding between cultures, encouraging confidence among youth, and planting seeds of tolerance for future generations, Zanbeel Art builds bridges for a peaceful future.
SAALY is a nine week art program sponsored by Zanbeel Art in Los Angeles low socio economic public schools that fosters respect and understanding for people and regions of South Asia via art educational program. Furthermore the program diffuses post 9/11 fear and racism against South Asian youth in schools.