My vision and my goal as an artist is to be innovative, narrative and imaginative. While I am highly touched by Asian cultures and my admiration goes to countless unknown artists of the past I am also drawn to nature and its incredible treasures of forms and colors. I use brush, carving knife and many other tools for the working process and often my camera lens is my elongated eye to capture fragile moments. With all these I want to create art which is recognized for its uniqueness, which is contemporary and a vivid example of life itself in all facettes. Searching for a synonym to identify my artwork I found "vyala" which is an old sanskrit word - a mythical catlike animal that can have different faces. The vyala motif is ubiquitous in medieval Indian temples. Symbolically it represents the struggle to subdue the passions. The vyala's body is always a rampant lion sometimes engaged in some combat with a warrior or female trying to tame it. A symbol of struggle for life. That's why I chose this name.
Biography: In 1989, fate brought me from my high tech work to Asia. I spent all my holidays travelling extensively mainly to Thailand, Indonesia and China. I found living cultures full of wonders. The pure aura of the religious sites, people, landscapes and nature attracted me as if I were coming home. Under the tropical sun with a bright blue sky and all the lush greens and other colors of a rampant nature, the overwhelming ornamentation of the religious sites, the people and their clothing seemed to complement their heartfelt smiles. But there is more on our earth, incredible places of breathtaking beauty. The Hawaiian Islands opened a new realm for me - the underwater worlds with their beautiful creatures and more wondrous landscapes. All these places and more I was fortunate to see left images in my soul which I want to show in my artwork. It also left the imperative to be thankful for everything because it's a gift and no naturalness even if I have worked hard for it. In 1998 I began to carve wood to transform the images in my mind. But I was drawn to explore other media as well. So I started to work with silk. The possibilities of using this precious material seem endless and I have not arrived at the limits yet.
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