Krishna Manandhar was born in Bhotahity, Kathmandu, Nepal in 1947 A.D. Initially he studied art in Juddhakala Pathsala, Nepal, before receiving a scholarship from the Indian Government to study at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay, India in 1965 A.D. He graduated with a Diploma of Art in 1970 A.D. Upon returning to Nepal, he had his first exhibition SKIB 71, which was a group work exhibition with his fellow SKIB members – Shashi Bikram Shah, Indra Pradhan, and Batsa Gopal Vaidya.
Krishna Manandhar’s abstract landscapes paint a euphoric picture of the world around him; representing both the physical landscape and his spiritual consciousness. Earlier in his career, Manandahar’s works were more impressionistic in style. However, he soon developed an interest in abstraction, developing his own signature style. Connecting the harmony of nature and the human psyche in his works. Manandhar believes that paintings are a passage to the unknowns of the mind, awakening the viewers subconscious. He has been painting aerial view landscapes in his signature abstract style for nearly two decades.
The artist is known for his abstract paintings with a theme taken from music and nature. He is one of the representative abstract painters of Nepal after the 1970s. This work is one of a series of paintings based on the concept of five elements in Hindu philosophy (air, earth, fire, sky, water) and is made under the theme of ‘water’. The rainbow-like fusion of multiple soft colors shows a characteristic of the artist’s work.
Source: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum