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MaNaNi (b. 1942)

  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1963 a
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1963 b
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1963 c
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1964 a
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1964 b
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1964 c
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1964 d
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1966 a
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1970 a
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1970 b
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1970 c
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1970 d
  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1970 e
  • Untitled, oil on paper, about 1964 a
  • Untitled, oil on paper, about 1964 b

Alle Bilder: © Elmar R. Gruber

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The Indian mediumistic artist K. N. Narayana Murthy calls himself MaNaNi. It is an abbreviation in his mother tongue Kannada for his name, bracketed by two terms that mean "psychically" and "hidden". He regards himself as an artist, who through his art transports mystical, hidden contents of the human soul. In doing so, he uses the random arrangement of color blots, which become symmetrical images by folding the paper. He recognizes visionary forms emerging from in the unintentionally created blots, which he liberates from their indeterminate state with a few, sparing additions. In this way, very suggestive images are created, which capture the viewer and lead to ever-new discoveries.

For MaNaNi, many of his works are manifestations of Hindu deities, scenes from the great epics of his homeland, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, but also Christian symbols play a role. At times for him they only represent animal, human and fantastic creatures. As it were, this rich cosmos of imagery comes to him without his conscious interference.

MaNaNi's pictures have an archetypical quality. They are the direct expression of a tightrope walk between figuration and abstraction. They are particularly attractive because of this permanent state of suspense, which seems to circumscribe the moment before the materialization of form.

MaNaNi explains one of his painting