Prabhakar Pachpute was born in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, called the ‘City of Black Gold’. He graduated in Fine Arts from Khairagarh University, Chhattisgarh in 2009, and in Sculpture from MSU Baroda in 2011. Most of his preceding works, were sculptures, or mixtures of sculpture, drawing and light.
However, he has been drawn to artists like Kathe Kollwitz and William Kentridge, and has previously written in an essay titled ‘The Possibilities of Drawing’: “In my opinion drawing is the only medium that itself tried to become a popular art form. And when the modern technologies came, what happened to ‘drawing’ is also important.”
Other works by Prabhakar have expressed the stories from the mines, as he had seen and heard them, in a style not so much expressive, as wise, humorous and giving – invented proverbs and relations between people, things real, and abstract and those that have accrued cultural or local social meanings. He mixes stories heard, with the thoughts discovered during the process and problems of making.
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