St+art India Foundation
Khatra & Trivendra Krisshna
Over the last 5 years, street art has brought parts of our city to life. We've all seen the murals at Khan Market, walked by the installation in Lodhi Colony, and admired the creativity and artistic skill of nameless, faceless individuals who have painstakingly yet passionately dressed up our streets. But who are these artistes? And how have they managed during the lockdown?
In this piece, we introduce you to the lives of 3-4 artistes who have been at the forefront of street art in Delhi, yet have struggled to sustain themselves during the pandemic. These same individuals shall also re-create four objects as they describe their story. The murals they're a part of creating are for mass consumption, but these personalised collectables will be inspired by their personal story, struggles, and experiences.
Khatra & Trivendra Krisshna
St+art India Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that works on art projects in public spaces. The aim of the foundation is to make art accessible to a wider audience by taking it out of the conventional gallery space and embedding it within the cities we live in - making art truly democratic, and for everyone. In their projects, they try to make the streets of India more interactive through the medium of urban art festivals across India. They have created some of the most iconic works of street art across Delhi in collaboration with State and Central government organisations and municipal administrative agencies.
Siddharth Gohil, also known by his moniker name Khatra, is a Baroda-based visual artiste who has been exploring street art since 2014. His work ranges from Blackletter Calligraphy to Graffiti and Abstract Expressionism. The artiste also works together with his partner Nikunj Prajapati aka Do. Together, Do & Khatra’s diverse work consists of Anamorphosis Art, Graffiti, creating imaginative characters and 3D Graffiti. Independently, Khatra has worked on projects with American Centre, F9 Test Kitchen, Gucci and Adidas, and along with Do, they have done projects with brands like Facebook, Blossa, Asian Paints and many more. Their works have been showcased in various cities in India through exhibitions and festivals hosted by St+art India Foundation.
Born in 1978 in Nainital, India, Trivendra Krisshna is a self-taught artiste who started his art journey through sign painting in Delhi. After more than 15 years of experience in this art form, he is now able to well adopt work from sign painting and hand-painted type to street art and commissioned artworks. For the last five years, he has worked with St+art India Foundation and assisted many international and national artistes in realising various urban art projects.