Young at Art – Shorya Mahanot

“It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”

– Jackson Pollack


Shorya is no different from a regular, naughty kid. But one look at his canvases and you know that there’s more to his persona.

Identified: As a toddler, Shorya watched his older sisters paint and was intrigued. Refusing pens, pencils and the typical box of crayons that a child of his age might enjoy, he began painting. Living in Neemuch, a small town in the middle of India, he isn’t exactly in the center of the art world, but that doesn’t have any effect on his dreams.

Planned: His life revolves around his brush and toy cars. Everyday he spend hours in the creative process of making abstract art. He thrive on his continual exploration of color and composition, as he says “I love being in color!”

Each of Shorya’s works takes approximately four days to make and contains up to five layers of pigment.

Executed:  Shorya had his first solo exhibition in India at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace when he was only four years old. His launch into international opportunities began in 2013 with Artexpo New York, the world’s largest fine art trade show.

In just a few brief years, the young artist has been recognized and featured in international media throughout Asia, England, Europe and the U.S., with full feature stories in The Guardian, Daily News Analysis – Mumbai, Hindustan Times – Mumbai, and Asian Age – Mumbai. He was honored by receiving the POGO Television “Amazing Kid Award” and was featured in a commercial for Turner Broadcasting that highlights his artistic talents.

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. 

Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

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