Mario Kiran

(Odessa, Texas) 


The rich diversity of our cultures is portrayed in my work. I use illustrations using printmaking processes to create a cross-cultural relationship between East Indian and Western influences. Combining the two styles has given me the opportunity to address issues that deal with cultures and the important role they play in our community. Being an East Indian myself and having knowledge of Indian miniatures I enjoy working with rich color and detailed imagery. Though the Indian miniatures were made for royal appraisal and to record past and happening events they had detailed decorative patterns. Looking at a miniature painting one would be able to relate to the emotional setting of the composition. My work has similar qualities. Instead of packing a drawing or print within a small surface, I elaborate my compositions on a larger scale using religious symbols.