BIG BAD LIST OF EMERGING ILLUSTRATORS, DESIGNERS AND VISUAL ARTISTS FROM BANGALORE

“There is no line between fine art and illustration; there is no high or low art; there is only art, and it comes in many forms.” – James Gurney

Art in India is gaining new forms.It’s the beginning of a period of metamorphosis. At the helm of this change are many a talented artists determined to make their mark and to boldly go where no man has gone before. With social media taking art to a wider audience, artists are being imparted recognition resulting in a welcome shift in the popular art scene.

We wanted to explore the rising talent across India and so we have compiled a list of upcoming artists, starting from Bangalore. (This list is no particular order and may not be exhaustive.)


                                                                              Danger Cat

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Way of the Samurai by Danger Cat | Cupick

Dangercat is the playground of Sonali Zohra’s creative reflections. Amidst Bangalore’s clutter, her illustrations are like a mid-summer breeze, fresh and unaffected. Driven by will and passion, Sonali is also a professional photographer. Her conviction of sticking to her imaginative self is clearly reproduced in her artwork. Discover more of her work here.                                          

                                                                          Shilo Shiv Suleman 

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I Never Ask for it by Shilo Shiv Suleman | Cupick

Fearless is a growing collective of artists formed in response to the Delhi Gang Rape and India’s feminist wave with beautiful affirmations of Fearlessness and Courage. Since it’s inception, the collective has been successfully engaging the community in raising dialogue about gender violence and equality. The collective was conceived of and is managed by Shilo Shiv Suleman. Discover more of Shilo and The Fearless Collective here.                                                                                

                                                                                 Matt Lee

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From the Sandown Series by Matt Lee

Matt Lee is  an artist, illustrator and educator from the UK who has lived and worked in Bangalore since 2007. He incorporates digital drawing, photography and video to explore the richness of  the combination of British and Indian aesthetics. The Sandown series features animals from matchboxes transposed onto sceneries where they are immediately out of place. This duality of sense and non-sense is what Matt examines. Discover more of Matt Lee’s work here.      

                                                                       Kaveri Gopalakrishnan

Travel Light by Kaveri Gopalakrishnan | Cupick
Travel Light by Kaveri Gopalakrishnan | Cupick

Kaveri Gopalakrishnan is an  illustrator,comic artist who graduated in Animation Film Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Her illustrations reflect her own desire for exploration. She travels and pens down her deep love for adventure, that transcends time and space.Discover more of Kaveri’s work here.                                                    

                                                                                 Acid Toad

Ice Serpent by Acid Toad | Cupick
Ice Serpent by Acid Toad | Cupick

Acid Toad is an exploration of psychedelia manifest through the dark mind of its creator – Acid Toad a.k.a Gaurav Basu – an illustrator and designer from Bangalore, India. Vocalist at Inner Sanctum, an extreme metal band and one of the heavyweights in the Indian scene, Gaurav is turned on by all kinds of creative pursuits and is quite adept at giving laughter-inducing interviews. Discover more of Gaurav’s work here.    

                                                                                   Gumani

Annoyed Doily Cat by Gumani | Cupick
Annoyed Doily Cat by Gumani | Cupick

Pia Meenakshi  a.k.a Gumani, is a Bangalore-based illustrator and tattoo artist, who runs her own studio where her imagination runs free amidst waking dreams of wolves, skulls, plants, and other such delightful haunts of wanting to escape into the wild. One can’t help but notice the manifestation of these elements in her work. Discover more of Pia’s work here.

                                                                             Rucha Dhayarkar

The Cat family and their heirlooms by Rucha Dhayarkar | Cupick
The Cat family and their heirlooms by Rucha Dhayarkar | Cupick

A sense of playfulness, a spoonful of delightful and a sprinkling of nostalgia. Rucha Dhayarkar’s hand-drawn art is a soulful reminder of the joys of everyday life. She reminds us why we and perhaps she herself too cannot let go of the little things that surround us. Discover more of Rucha’s work here.    

                                                                        The Painter of Oz

01100010076 by The Painter of Oz  | Cupick
01100010076 by The Painter of Oz | Cupick

It’s hard not to like someone who loves dragons. Add to that a die hard love for Nick Drake, and you will understand, why Ojoswi Sur is an extremely affable and warm character. The ‘Painter of Oz‘ is influenced by music and literature, but takes on other subjects and does justice to his moniker. Discover more of Ojoswi’s work here.  

                                                                          Joanna Davala

Bangalore by Joanna Davala  | Cupick
Bangalore by Joanna Davala | Cupick

Joanna Davala decided to pursue illustration as a career because in her own words she enjoyed it too damn much. Currently a student, she found her inspiration from her aunt who had the knack for creativity. Joanna focuses on the mellow and subtle, her artwork reflecting a gentleness that many seem to ignore.Discover more of Joanna’s work here.    

                                                                            Sheena Deviah

Beethoven's Favourite Fruit by Ragamuffin Illustration | Cupick
Beethoven’s Favourite Fruit by Ragamuffin Illustration | Cupick

Sheena Deviah is primarily an illustrator who is also interested in typography and design. Humour and minimalism are her trademarks but that does not deter her from transforming her experiences, giving light to her unquenched desires.Discover more of Sheena’s work here.          

                                                                      Nupur Panemanglor

Sew It Goes by Nupur Pane
Sew It Goes by Nupur Panemanglor

Through her illustrations, Nupur recreates tranquility. The solitude she portrays is never burdensome but a path to self-discovery. Though it may seem otherwise, there is no lack of emotion in her portrayals. It simmers beneath the surface, calm like the deep ocean. Discover more of Nupur’s work here.    

                                                                                    Xi Lu

VeganHeart by Xi Lu | Cupick
VeganHeart by Xi Lu | Cupick

Xi Lu’s musings are an intriguing juxtaposition of cute and savage. A self- professed cat lover, Xi contributes to the welfare of animals by donating earnings to the Animal Aid Alliance.Discover more of Xi Lu’s work here.

                                                                            Agni Janakiram

Bird's Eye View by Agni Janakiram | Cupick
Bird’s Eye View by Agni Janakiram | Cupick

Agni Janakiram is an artist,educator, sculptor and the person behind Lemon Tree Studios. She finds inspiration for her illustrations from nature, imparting them with a resilience so easily overlooked by people.Discover more of Agni’s work here.    

                                                                             Malvika Tewari

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Dahoud by Malvika Tewari | Cupick

Malvika’s artwork is a contemplative study of character, of the myriad emotions that affect us in our life, may be even in the span a single day. There is however a undertone of satisfaction, a feeling of contentment that engulfs the one who feels.Discover more of Malvika’s work here.        

                                                                                 Surasti Puri

Private Spaces Series by Surasti Puri
Private Spaces Series by Surasti Puri

Surasti Puri, graphic designer and illustrator weaves a tale of contrasts. Her illustrations present a foreboding sense of loneliness and discontent even when surrounded by distractions that would be welcome otherwise. A quiet descent into utter chaos. Discover more of Surasti’s work here.        

                                                                        Bhavani S Kumar 

Bunny Boy by bbubs | Cupick
Bunny Boy by bbubs | Cupick

Bhavani is an illustrator who specialised in 2d animation at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. She takes inspiration from comic books, cartoons and games and recreates artwork that constitutes merging pop art with minimalism. Besides digital illustration, Bhavani has dabbled in story telling, art direction, installation art and sculpting. Discover more of Bhavani’s work here.          

                                                                                A Bad Girl

A Bad Girl by Roshan Shakeel
A Bad Girl | Cupick

The famous (or infamous) bad girl poster originally began as an assignment at Srishti School of Art,Design and Technology. Five students Roshan Shakeel, Sparsh Saxena, Jaiwant Pradhan, Stuti Kothari and Furqan Jawed, inspired by retro school infographics, created the Bad Girl as a satirical take on the gender stereotypes and inequality prevalent in the country.Discover more of  A Bad Girl here.            

                                                                                Rohit Bhasi 

Bhairon:The Brave by Rohit Bhasi | Cupick
Bhairon:The Brave by Rohit Bhasi | Cupick

Rohit in his own words daylights as communications designer at a obscenely huge corporation in Bangalore. He is however passionate about illustration, paintings and murals. His work is sprinkled with humour and satire along with warmth and reverence.Discover more of Rohit’s work here.  

                                                                          Prabha Mallaya  

On making Wet Food at Home for your Growing Kitten by Prabha Mallaya
On making Wet Food at Home for your Growing Kitten by Prabha Mallaya

Prabha Mallaya is an illustrator, writer and comic book maker. Her artwork is an irresistible cocktail of humour and mystery. She has illustrated many a book covers including The Wildings and Beastly Tales from Here and There, to name a few. Besides book covers, Prabha has published graphic short stories in Mint, the Obliterary Journal Vol II, ForbesLife, and Brainwave magazine.Discover more of Prabha’s work here.

                                                                            Alagu Chockalingam

Artwork by Alagu Chockalingam
Artwork by Alagu Chockalingam

Alagu Chockalingam is a graphic designer and illustrator, with special interests in branding and typography. When she’s not busy discovering new things about the world around her, she loves to bake, to eat, to read and to drink too much tea.Discover more of Alagu’s work here.              

                                                                               Arushi Sethi 

Emotional Obesity by feedyourhead | Cupick
Emotional Obesity by feedyourhead | Cupick

Arushi Sethi has been publishing her works through her brand, ‘Feed Your Head’. She is from Gujarat and has lived in many parts of India. Currently pursuing my education in visual communication design, she also has one-third of a B.A in psychology. Other forms of art (life activities) that inspire her to illustrate are Batik, Carpentry and Cooking (terrible and still learning). Discover more of Arushi’s work here.        

                                                                             Vamsi Krishna

Wings by Vamsi Krishna | Cupick
Wings by Vamsi Krishna | Cupick

Vamsi Krishna is freestyle photographer and digital artist. Though his artwork is geometric and minimalistic, there is an unusually organic quality to it that mirrors the nature it draws inspiration from. Discover more of Vamsi’s work here.        

                                                                          Abhishek Choudhury

The Jack'O Diamonds by Abhishek Choudhury | Cupick
The Jack’O Diamonds by Abhishek Choudhury | Cupick

Abhishek’s artwork reveals a profound influence of cartoons and caricatures. He re-imagines popular faces and peppers them with humour to create thoroughly satisfying doppelgangers. Discover more of Abhishek’s work here.    

                                                                         Nicolai Nazareth

Steampunk Ballerina by Nicolai Nazareth
Steampunk Ballerina by Nicolai Nazareth

Nicolai is currently an animation student but with interests in illustration and digital art. He treads away from the traditional, drawing upon his diverse interests to paint a portrait that is as sociable as it is individualistic.Discover more of Nicolai’s work here.    

                                                                      Deepti Ramakrishnan

Introvert by Deepti Ramakrishnan | Cupick
Introvert by Deepti Ramakrishnan | Cupick

There is no room for melancholy in her expression. Deepti Ramakrishnan, a young illustrator  depicts a happy place through patterns and pathways of her imagination. Her artwork appears as an exploration of the universe inside the mind, a thought process that doesn’t seem to have an end or a beginning. You cannot shut it off, you can just let it flow like a stream in the woods. Discover more of Deepti’s work here.        

                                                                         Megha Vishwanath

The Malay Fabric by Megha Vishwanath | Cupick
The Malay Fabric by Megha Vishwanath | Cupick

Megha’s thoughts escape into the moon lit sky which transforms them into a hypnotic dance. Her portraits betray mystery and adventure, of wandering into the unknown and discovering something new. Discover more of Megha’s work here.      

                                                                           Shikha Nambiar

Don't Worry by Shikha Nambiar | Cupick
Don’t Worry by Shikha Nambiar | Cupick

Shikha’s rare sense of optimism is utterly encapsulating. There’s no better way to start a day. Reminiscent of graffiti art that adorns many walls in India, Shikha’s art is a glorious rebirth of that lost tradition.Discover more of Shikha’s work here.      

                                                                            Ullas Hydoor

Stuck with a question and the obsession to be first.... Kochi-biennale...
Stuck with a question and the obsession to be first….by Ullas Hydoor

Ullas Hydoor is an architect exploring the world through different mediums of art. With unbridled passion for graffiti, street art and public installations, Ullas has been slowly transforming Bangalore’s faceless walls into a narrative of the society that erects them. Discover more of Ullas’ work here.

                                                                          Abhigna Bararia

Ant-ed by Abhigna Bararia
Ant-ed by Abhigna Bararia

Abhigna Bararia is an illustrator, typographer and graphic artist. Intricate, delicate and slightly bizarre, Abhigna’s illustrations are a look into nature’s soul, the stuff that binds it all together and holds true in the face of change.Discover more of Abhigna’s work here.      

                                                                   Neelima Prasanna Aryan 

Misfit by Bluinker | Cupick
Misfit by Bluinker | Cupick

Neelima paints a picture of strength that traverses a convoluted maze of hopes and dreams but emerges victorious. There is a theme of survival that underscores all her artwork, that highlights the courage acquired through perseverance.Discover more of Neelima’s work here.            

                                                                       Rathee Ramani Iyer

Tibetan Girls by Rathee Ramani Iyer | Cupick
Tibetan Girls by Rathee Ramani Iyer | Cupick

Incessantly knocking upon the fine line between reality and fantasy, Rathee creates a world of distorted yet beautiful and mesmerizing harmony. She draws primarily upon what she experiences, what heighten her senses and surrenders to her free spirited imagination that transforms her thoughts into palpable truths.Discover more of Rathee’s work here.        

                                                                               Sadhvi Jawa

Letting Go by Sadhvi Jawa
Letting Go by Sadhvi Jawa

Sadhvi, a student at Shrishti School of Art, Design and Technology, has interests in illustration, textile and interaction design. Through her illustrations, Sadhvi wishes to create a safe haven for adults who have forgotten their inner child, a place where all wounds heal and one can cry, smile, ponder, feel joy, get angry, laugh and have one’s own moment. Discover more of Sadhvi’s work here.          

                                                                            Vinayak Varma

Navarasa by Vinayak Varma
Navarasa by Vinayak Varma

 Vinayak Varma is a designer and visual artist based in Bangalore. His deep understanding of human emotion is evident from the amazing detail he puts into his work, which contains dashes of humour and satire. Discover more of Vinayak’s work here.    

                                                                             Akash Nandi

Stature Aura by Akash Nandi | Cupick
Statue Aura by Akash Nandi | Cupick

Akash brings together fragments of imagination to create a portrait of coherence. The puzzle of nature unsolved, Akash wanders into the recesses of his mind to find the answers which take form in his illustrations. Discover more of Akash’s work here.      

                                                                               Shweta Pai

Imprints of the natural world by Shweta Pai
Imprints of the natural world by Shweta Pai

Shweta Pai is a texile designer from Bangalore whose major influence is nature in it plural forms. With utmost regard for natures design, Shweta ensures that her work remains true to its inspiration.Discover more of Shweta’s work here.      

                                                                               Jayesh Joshi

Nari by Jayesh Joshi | Cupick
Nari by Jayesh Joshi | Cupick

Jayesh explores the different sides to desire and sexuality through his illustrations. The simplicity of his art echos a larger truth of nature, the un-necessarily deliberate complication of simple facts of human existence. Discover more of Jayesh’s work here.      

                                                                            Koyal Chengappa

Vulnerability by Koyal Chengappa | Cupick
Vulnerability by Koyal Chengappa | Cupick

Koyal Chengappa illustrates with passion, the tribulations that accompany humility. Given to assessment and re-assessment of the self, the humble brave vulnerability and introspection to emerge with the gift of self-discovery. Discover more of Koyal’s work here.    

                                                                            Satish Gangaiah

Mogambo by Satish Gangaiah | Cupick
Mogambo by Satish Gangaiah | Cupick

Satish Gangaiah is a UI/UX designer, Digital Artist, illustrator and concept artist from Bangalore. Satish’s art is a take on popular culture. From Sheldon Cooper to Mogambo, Satish breathes new life into characters we love. Discover more of Satish’s work here.        

                                                                               Nawang Bhutia

Sorrow by Nawang Bhutia | Cupick
Sorrow by Nawang Bhutia | Cupick

Nawang Bhutia captures a pervasive melancholy, the kind that can extinguish every little flame of happiness and joy. It is as much a part of us as the joy it so repels but sometimes its power os difficult to overcome. Discover more of Nawang’s work here.        

                                                                              Tanvee Nabar

Book of Verses by Tanvee Nabar
Book of Verses by Tanvee Nabar

Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Typographer, Tanvee Nabar creates a yearning for solace, a desire for intimacy through her artwork, inspired by nature, people and architecture. Discover more of Tanvee’s work here.              

                                                                                 Swati Banerjee

Dictionary of the obscure sorrow-Silience by Swati Banerjee | Cupick
Dictionary of the obscure sorrow-Silience by Swati Banerjee | Cupick

Swati is graphic designer, illustrator and art director currently studying at Srishti School of Art,Design and Technology. Her illustrations are often rooted in raw emotion which is a recurring theme across all her work. Discover more of Swati’s work here.    

                                                                              Johanna Pinto

Dragon Eye by Johanna Pinto | Cupick
Dragon Eye by Johanna Pinto | Cupick

Johanna Pinto’s style ranges from Modern Art, Abstract Art and Conceptual Art. A graduate in Textile Design, Johanna incorporates textile design process into making her paintings. Her artwork seems ready to take a leap into fantasy, into a distant dreamland to lose itself in the wonder. Discover more of Johanna’s work here.  

                                                                                     Ambady

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Terminator by Ambady | Cupick

Ambady turns the dull into something so special, you’ll keep coming back to it over and over. With an interest in figures of popular culture, Ambady  delivers the pop to pop art. Discover more of Ambady’s work here.      

                                                                           Nishant D’Souza

Metamorphosis of Thought by Nishant D'Souza | Cupick
Metamorphosis of Thought by Nishant D’Souza | Cupick

The process of transformation is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Nishant D’Souza explores the pain and pleasures of transformation. He ponders the process through which the old is discarded and the new is welcomed. Discover more of Nishant’s work here.    

                                                                         Pallavi Agarwal

Shiva by Pallavi Agarwal
Shiva by Pallavi Agarwal

Pallavi Agarwal, graphic designer and student at Srishti School of Art Design &Technology is all for new experiences. As evident from her abstract portraits, she is an adventuress. Discover more of Pallavi’s work here.                                        

                                                                                Tanya Singh

Like A Virgin by Tanya Singh | Cupick
Like A Virgin by Tanya Singh | Cupick

Tanya’s illustrations are a mirror of her vision of the world. There are no fragments in her universe, diverse elements come together to complement each other and transform each other in their entirety. That’s what makes her portraits so intriguing, they transport us into a world we otherwise would not have had the chance to imagine. Discover more of Tanya’s work here.      

                                                                     Gitanjali Sukumar 

Oh Deer by Lotta Farber | Cupick
Oh Deer by Lotta Farber | Cupick

Gitanjali works her magic to create an alternate universe where beauty takes the form of uninhibited kindness. The vivid colours are a glimpse into our own potential to exhibit this delicate and rainbow hued landscape. Discover more of Gitanjali’s work here.            

                                                                             Shubhangi Goel

Illustration by Shubhangi Goel
Illustration by Shubhangi Goel

Shubhangi Goel, is an illustrator, graphic designer and typographer from Bangalore. With a very diverse portfolio, covering branding, editorial designs and illustration projects, Shubhangi Goel is an up and coming artist to look out for. Discover more of Shubhangi’s work here.        

                                                                                Rhea Ahuja

Kurt Cobain by Rhea Ahuja | Cupick
Kurt Cobain by Rhea Ahuja | Cupick

Rhea Ahuja is the quintessential fan-girl besides being one of Bangalore’s upcoming artists. Her artworks are tributes to her favourites. Nirvana and Alt-J to name a few.Discover more of Rhea’s work here.    

                                                                           Varsha Chakkera

Urban Traditions by Varsha Chakkera | Cupick
Urban Traditions by Varsha Chakkera | Cupick

Varsha Chakkera uses irreverence to her advantage. Her artworks introduce a twist in the tale, rendering them a confluence of ideas and concepts. She portrays modernity without abandoning her traditional roots. Discover more of Varsha’s work here.          

                                                                                Aniruddh Dube

Cycling is Timeless by Aniruddh Dube
Cycling is Timeless by Aniruddh Dube

Aniruddh Dube, illustrator and digital artist from Bangalore, fabricates artwork that dwells in memories and nostalgia. It reminds us of the moments we hold so dear. Like the quite music that streams through nature undetected, the memories Aniruddh recreates gently takes hold with no intention to escape. Discover more of Aniruddh’s work here.    

                                                                                 Tshirt Baba

Kurruption by Tshirt Baba | Cupick
Kurruption by Tshirt Baba | Cupick

Thoughtful, funny and satirical, Vishal Kumar a.k.a Tshirt Baba imparts knowledge to his disciples with his witty illustrations. Influenced by everything popular including, movies,T.V, music, comics etc, Tshirt Baba redefines humour. Discover more of Vishal’s work here.      

                                                                              Sara Joseph

In & Out by Sara Joseph | Cupick
In & Out by Sara Joseph | Cupick

Sara Joseph experiments with the abstract but remains rooted to tradition. She explores nature in a different light, open to new discoveries and interpretations but does abandon the beliefs that she holds close.In doing so she reveals the insight offered by curiosity. Discover more of Sara’s work here.      

                                                                       Harshvardhan Gantha

Ryan Gosling by Harshvardhan Gantha
Ryan Gosling by Harshvardhan Gantha

A visual communication designer, Harshvardhan’s interests lie mainly in brand identity design, typography and illustration. His take on Ryan Gosling is surely going to get people swooning. Discover more of Harshvardhan’s work here.      

                                                                         Abhimanyu Ghimiray

John Lennon by Abhimanyu Ghimiray | Cupick
John Lennon by Abhimanyu Ghimiray | Cupick

Abhimanyu Ghimiray is a Post Graduate from the National Institute of Design 2011 and a marketing graduate from Sukhdev College of Business Studies, 2008. His artwork is a product of his daily musings, representing the quirky sides to his personality. Discover more of Abhimanyu’s work here.          

                                                                                   Ayan Nag

Alphonse Elric by Ayan | Cupick
Alphonse Elric by Ayan | Cupick

Science Fiction is a genre quite difficult to navigate but Ayan Nag creates a spectacular world in a parallel universe. A freelance artist who has been in the industry for 4 years, Ayan creates his concepts in the digital mediuam but is equally proficient in the traditional. Discover more of Ayan’s work here.      

                                                                                   Maanvi Kapur

Portrait by Maanvi Kapur
Portrait by Maanvi Kapur

Maanvi Kapur, illustrator and graphic designer from Bangalore, captures the essence of everyday life through her portraits. It’s not monotonous but peaceful and patient. Maanvi charts the the journey of individuals who accept their life with grace despite of pain and conflict. Discover more of Maanvi’s work here.    

                                                                               Nithin Sadhu

Doe Eyed Beauty bu Nithin Sadhu | Cupick
Doe Eyed Beauty bu Nithin Sadhu | Cupick

Nithin Sadhu’s portraits are made entirely with brown duct tape. Quite a tedious process involved but the result is breathtaking. Sophia Loren would be proud. Discover more of Nithin’s work here.              

                                                                       Aparajitha Vaasudev

Focus by Aparajitha Vaasudev | Cupick
Focus by Aparajitha Vaasudev | Cupick

Aparajitha evokes the spiritual with her portraits. Drawing inspiration from mythology, Aparajitha presents an abstract rendering of deities to symbolize the many forms that they can take. Discover more of Aparajitha’s work here.                                      

                                                                             Vinayak Jayasree

Kaka Thamburati (Queen of Crows) by Vinayak J | Cupick
Kaka Thamburati (Queen of Crows) by Vinayak J | Cupick

Vinayak’s illustrations are like the breeze that swifts by while taking a stroll on a pleasant day at the beach. A self taught artist, Vinayak’s influences span from nature to mythology, culture and humour. Discover more of Vinayak’s work here.      

                                                                         Namitha Chegu

Mono Print by Namitha Chegu
Mono Print by Namitha Chegu

Namitha Chegu is a textile designer from Bangalore. Her prints often represent traditional practices yet are deeply modern. Discover more of Namitha’s work here.    

                                                                        Satya Krishna Prakash

Dimaag Kharab by Satya Krishna Prakash | Cupick
Dimaag Kharab by Satya Krishna Prakash | Cupick

Satya Krishna Prakash is an animator and graphic designer. His caricatures contain a healthy dose of sarcasm are downright hilarious. Discover more of Satya’s work here.      

                                                                                     Vibhin

Cabbit by Vibhin | Cupick
Cabbit by Vibhin | Cupick

Vibhin plays the trickster, creating humorous illusions inspired by the inanimate. Often combining pop art and minimalism, he delivers rib-tickling laughter. Discover more of Vibhin’s work here.    

                                                                             Juhi Agarwal

Illustration by Juhi Agarwal
Illustration by Juhi Agarwal

A student of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Juhi Agarwal’s ability to impart emotion to her illustrations is astounding. The serenity permeating the image imparts some grounding to the cacophony of colours. Discover more of Juhi’s work here.    

                                                                           George Thomas 

The Monkey Biscuit by The Monkey Biscuit  | Cupick
The Monkey Biscuit by The Monkey Biscuit | Cupick

George Thomas takes form as The Monkey Biscuit, when putting ink to paper. A musician too, he believes in few words and verbosity of his art .Discover more of George’s work here.            

                                                                          Nandita Dhindsa

Place in Life by Nandita Dhindsa | Cupick
Place in Life by Nandita Dhindsa | Cupick

Nandita Dhindsa is an illustrator with interests in calligraphy, typography and anything else that catches her fancy. Her artwork mainly constitutes her observations, what she experiences finds her way into her art. Discover more of Nandita’s work here.            

                                                                                Rajasee Ray

The Apple Theives by Rajasee Ray
The Apple Thieves by Rajasee Ray

Rajasee Ray weaves stories through graphic design, typography, illustration, website design and branding. Her illustrations are an intricately woven story, just as she professes them to be. Discover more of Rajasee’s work here.      

                                                                                 Solomonsta

Kali 2.0 by Solomonsta | Cupick
Kali 2.0 by Solomonsta | Cupick

Solomon has been working as a Concept artist and Illustrator for over 5 years now; working on art for games and animation, which includes Model sheets, Concept art, Illustrations, Cut scenes, Backgrounds, In-game assets and fully rendered artworks of various styles. He started off drawing a lot of anime art as a kid inspired by shows like “Macross” and “Saber Riders”. Discover more of Solomonsta’s work here.      

                                                                            Neha Rawat Battish

Salad by Neha Rawat | Cupick
Salad by Neha Rawat | Cupick

Neha Rawat is a self-confessed dog lover and most of her illustrations venture into portraying dogs in all shapes and sizes. Inspired by cartoons and comics, she portrays a world full of happiness which is so hard not share. Discover more of Neha’s work here.    

                                                                               Jithin Jacob

Biscottee-An Adventure by Jithin Jacob | Cupick
Biscottee-An Adventure by Jithin Jacob | Cupick

Jithin is a children’s book illustrator and graphic designer based in Bangalore. His illustrations have won the laughter and hearts of children and adults alike. Discover more of Jithin’s work here.  

                                                                         Madhav Chatterjee

Christopher Walken by Madhav Chatterjee | Cupick
Christopher Walken by Madhav Chatterjee | Cupick

Madhav Chatterjeee is a cinematographer, art director and digital artist based in Bangalore. We can tell from his portrait of Christopher Walken, Madhav is certainly an artist to look out for.Discover more of Madhav’s work here.      

                                                                            Manek D’Silva

iScowl by Manek D'Silva | Cupick
iScowl by Manek D’Silva | Cupick

Manek has been heavily influenced by television, cartoons, video games and comics and would in his own words rather not show the world as it is.Discover more of Manek’s work here.    

                                                                             Barath Jayarajan

Crown Guard by Barath Jayarajan | Cupick
Crown Guard by Barath Jayarajan | Cupick

Barath Jayarajan is a photographer and illustrator, who appreciates the nature around him and captures captivating portraits. Discover more of Barath’s work here.    

                                                                               Ivy Mukherjee

Salvador Dali by Ivy Mukherjee | Cupick
Salvador Dali by Ivy Mukherjee | Cupick

Ivy Mukherjee is a graduate from St. Xaviers College,Kolkata, currently working as a Graphic Designer in Bangalore. As a graphic designer/ visual artist she aims to generate social impact by organizing campaigns and publishing free books to under-privileged children.Discover more of Ivy’s work here.    

                                                                                Prasad Bhat

The Godfather by Graphicurry
The Godfather by Graphicurry

Graphicurry is the brainchild of Prasad Bhat and it is so named because he grew up with inherent skills of drawing and eating food. Prasad hold a degree in Engineering but his true passion remained in art. He creates versions of that which already exists and turns them into something spectacular. Discover more of Prasad’s work here.  

                                                                               Leena Swamy

Marilyn Monroe by Kaleidostrokes | Cupick
Marilyn Monroe by Kaleidostrokes | Cupick

Leena Swamy stumbled upon art fairly recently. But with what we have witnessed she seems to have always had the knack for it. With caricatures that could possibly make more than just giggle, she is one artist to look out for. Discover more of Leena’s work here.    

                                                                                   Pearl D’Souza

Ocean Mist by Pearl D'Souza  | Cupick
Ocean Mist by Pearl D’Souza | Cupick

The ocean is contradictory. It contains multitudes. Pearl D’Souza captures this dichotomy through her art, exploring the vastness of emotion the sea holds, exploring the multitudes which we find within ourselves . Discover more of Pearl’s work here.        

                                                                                Clinto Jagan

Dream of Mind by Clinto Jagan  | Cupick
Dream of Mind by Clinto Jagan | Cupick

Clinto’s artwork is perhaps a reflection of his own inquisitive nature. Originally from Thrissur, Kerala, Clinto currently works in Bangalore and has even exhibited his work in Spain.Discover more of Clinto’s work here.  

                                                                                Createewitty

Sholay by Createewitty  | Cupick
Sholay by Createewitty | Cupick

Createewitty was founded by Rohit Kumar as the place to find quirky artwork on tshirts. With influences ranging from Bollywood,Hollywood, comics and humour, Createewitty offers a wide range of artworks to suit your taste. Discover more of Rohit’s work here.    

                                                                        Natarajan Shanmugam

Red Planet Rising by Natarajan Shanmugam  | Cupick
Red Planet Rising by Natarajan Shanmugam | Cupick

Natarajan Shanmugam is an illustrator, graphic designer and 3D artist based in Bangalore. We loved his series of Game of Thrones illustrations. Discover more of Natarajan’s work here.  

                                                                                Param Jain

Ms. Kahlo by Param Jain | Cupick
Ms. Kahlo by Param Jain | Cupick

Param Jain, shows us exactly how patterns come to flow and evolve in his artworks. His impulse to capture the endless creations of nature is clearly mirrored in his artwork. Reverberating an essence of tranquillity and calmness, his style is an elegant treaty between nature and art. Discover more of Param’s work here.        

                                                                                 Isfaq Zaman

Submerge by Ishfaq Zaman  | Cupick
Submerge by Ishfaq Zaman | Cupick

Ishfaq is a self-confessed lover of  stories, drawing and cartoons. His illustrations are an explosive amalgam of all his interests. Discover more of Ishfaq’s work here    

                                                                                   Fukvaas

Hoolofixation by Fukvaas  | Cupick
Hollofixation by Fukvaas | Cupick

Fukvaas was started by Ishan Kanwar and Varun Kanwar. Ishan is a Graphic Artist/ Designer and a musician as well. Varun is an Animator and Motion Graphic Artist. Discover more of Fukvaas here.

                                                                Aishwarya Ravichandran

Brave by Aishwarya Ravichandran  | Cupick
Brave by Aishwarya Ravichandran | Cupick

Originally from Chennai, Aishwarya is currently a student at NIFT Bangalore. With a clear insight into form and context, she is as passionate about illustration as she is about fashion. Discover more of Aishwarya’s work here.

                                                                           Skylit Designs

Do you bleed by Siddharth B  | Cupick
Do you bleed by Siddharth B | Cupick

Skylit Designs by Siddharth Baskaran is here to solve the dilemma of a lack of choice. Skylit Designs offers customization based on customer submitted designs along with readily available merchandise, bringing you closer to your favourites. Discover more of Skylit Designs here.

                                                                       Rajarshi Goswami

Tyrion Lannister by Rajarshi Goswami  | Cupick
Tyrion Lannister by Rajarshi Goswami | Cupick

Rajarshi Goswami is a doodler by passion and a consultant by profile. You’ll need to look closely at his wonderfully intricate doodles to decipher all that’s been incorporated. Discover more of Rajarshi’s work here.

                                                                           Holy Cow Studio

Postcard by Holy Cow Studio | Cupick
Postcard by Holy Cow Studio | Cupick

Shashank Satish is the man behind Holy Cow Studio based in Bangalore. Graphic Design, Advertising and Photography, Shashank’s diverse interests and achievements have made him one of the foremost emerging graphic artists in Bangalore. Discover more of Shashank’s work here.

                                                                        Romik Bose Mitra

Shiva by Romik Bose Mitra  | Cupick
Shiva by Romik Bose Mitra | Cupick

Romik Bose Mitra, graphic designer, visual artist and student at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, goes by the alias Lazy Jalebi. Through his art, Romik attempts to redefine his perception of the world, breathing fresh life into the dullness of monotony. Discover more of Romik’s work here.

                                                                               Promit De

Immortan Joe by Promit De | Cupick
Immortan Joe by Promit De | Cupick

Promit De, who also goes by I, Saint Yuvee, is a vfx artist, photographer, metalhead and a bong at heart. His illustrations and photographs are vivid representations of his influences. Discover more of Promit’s work here.

                                                                                 Irikshna

Kakihara by Irikshna  | Cupick
Kakihara by Irikshna | Cupick

Irikshna is the contemplative playground of Camilla Sebastian. Her mysterious portraits lure the mind into uncertainty, escaping which involves overcoming the intense need for gratification. Discover more of Camilla’s work here.

                                                                           Deepika Prasad

Mom by Deepika Prasad  | Cupick
Mom by Deepika Prasad | Cupick

Deepika Prasad is a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer based in Bangalore. Her passion for patterns gives us art a a very intimate character.Her series of postcards and greeting cards are sure to light up anybody’s day. Discover more of Deepika’s work here.

                                                                             Shruti Bhagwat

 

 

Aries by Shruti Bhagwat  | Cupick
Aries by Shruti Bhagwat | Cupick                                                                             

Shruti is a Visual Communication Design Student at Srishti School of art and design, with a major interest in illustration. She doesn’t hesitate to experiment with different forms of art to find what she’s comfortable with. Discover more of Shruti’s work here.

                                                                         Mangesh Ashrit

Gangnam Style by Mangesh Ashrit | Cupick
Gangnam Style by Mangesh Ashrit | Cupick

Mangesh Ashrit is an engineer and a passionate graphic artist. His artwork covers sports, movies, travel, music and everything that catches his eye. Discover more of Mangesh’s work here.

                                                                               Mounica Tata

Cheesy Batman by Mounica Tata | Cupick
Cheesy Batman by Mounica Tata | Cupick

Mounica Tata’s illustrations are influenced by the drama of everyday life. The funny, the wacky and the oh-so-dramatic, all find an audience through her art. Discover more of Mounica’s work here.

                                                                             Jaideep Sen

Fancified Poetry by Jaideep Sen  | Cupick
Fancified Poetry by Jaideep Sen | Cupick

Jaideep Sen’s abstract illustrations and doodles hold a promise to ease emptiness. His art is seductive and free-spirited, borne from the incomplete, always seeking an end. Pen and paper being his preferred tools, he stumbles into the abstract from time to time, besides documenting his surroundings, Discover more of Jaideep’s work here.

                                                                     Uttam Kumar Pandey

Arya Stark by Uttam Kumar Pandey | Cupick
Arya Stark by Uttam Kumar Pandey | Cupick

Uttam Kumar Pandey recreates the glory of popular figures from films, T.V, music etc. Discover more of Uttam’s work here.

                                                                                  Bharat KV

Audrey Tautou by Bharat KV
Audrey Tautou by Bharat KV

Bharat is a multi-disciplinary designer focusing on branding and user experience. He has worked with brands like Coke, Citibank, FIFA etc but finds working with start-ups very exciting. Discover more of Bharat’s work here.

                                                                            Shueyb Ghani

Soul Meets Embryo by Shueyb Ghani
Soul Meets Embryo by Shueyb Ghani

Shueyb, better known as Expanding Psyche, explores the extremities of consciousness, delving in and out of worlds to find a firm footing. Yet the sense of wonder never dissipates and soon another adventure comes along, one that holds great promise.Discover more of Shueyb’s work here.

                                                                                  Bombatt!

Pharaoh Vader by Bombatt!
Pharaoh Vader by Bombatt!

Bombatt is quirky little studio based in Bangalore, run by Raka Ashok. Often on the lookout for all things funky, Bombatt’s work is a glorious combination of vibrancy and detail. There’s never a dull moment! Discover more of Bombatt! here.

 

If there are any artists you think should be featured on this list, let us know in the comments below.

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19 thoughts on “BIG BAD LIST OF EMERGING ILLUSTRATORS, DESIGNERS AND VISUAL ARTISTS FROM BANGALORE

  1. Biased towards graphic designers, not too many artists and ofcourse they all look like they are part of the same social circle/online group. Many a notable omission. But a good start!

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    1. Hey Rahul, many of they aren’t graphic designers although quite a few of them create digitally. And yes, a lot of them are in the same social group, but we’d put that down to the fact that it’s easier to discover and follow art thanks to social media in general.

      We’re aware that this list isn’t as comprehensive as it should be but we’d love to add to it. Perhaps you could help us where we’ve missed out?

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      1. It would be good to speak to someone from the colleges here CKP, Ken among others. The other point is that your list is overwhelmingly migrant and full of savvy designers, not that there is anything wrong with both but you should dig deeper for sure. I am going to be obnoxious here and say that you should say ‘ Bangalore based’.

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