Saturday, May 2, 2009
About Artist Pranay Katke
ARTIST PRANAY KATKE'S WORK IS FABULOUS AND HE HAS A GREAT A VISION, I WOULD LOVE TO BUY HIS WORKS THE ' NANDI' & ' ONCE UPON A TIME IN CINEMA' FOR MY PERSONAL COLLECTION. HIS WORK HAS ALSO BEEN APPRECIATED BY INTERNATIONAL ART COLLECTORS. I WISH HIM GREAT SUCCESS. ' - Savita Apte ( ex-art curator to Sothebys & a panel member of the DIFC / gulf art fair' 07 )
Born on 1st June 1976 in the Maharastrian family of the Katkeâ€™s. Exposed to Art and Architecture as a child by his uncle. Pranay won his 1st Painting competition at the age of 6. His art skills were soon exposed to his art teachers in school and later in college who promoted him to take part in interschool and intercollegiate art competitions. After Secondary Education in 1994 he was enrolled in Rachana Sansad, school of art by his family. Though he was studying Interior design, under one roof he was exposed to Architecture, Advertising and Fine Art. He spent most of his time in the library understanding different forms, philosophies of design. He found inspiration from these books and the works of great masters like Salvador Dali, Picasso, Rembrant, Renoir, Frank L Wright, Larry Baker, Eisher and more. He was one of the bright students
in developing fresh concepts and mastered the freehand perspective technique. Which gave him freedom to sketch his thoughts without being hassled of technical equipment.
He practiced architecture and interiors working with his Architect uncle handling some respectable projects. In the 3rd yr while helping some of his advertising friends, his passion for photography evolved. He soon joined photographer Atul Kasbekar and entered the world of sets, lights and the big world of advertising and fashion. After 7 months he returned back to finish his basic studies in commericial arts at Rachana Sansad. He then joined ace photographer Ashok Salian. His creative talents were not hidden from his guru too, he got to travel with Ashok and got exposed to the diversity of our country (India) and its people. After 2 yrs he joined an advertising agency as a Sr. Visualiser and grew on to be an Art Director.
Moving from a single frame to animation, theatre and film-making his creative journey has enriched him as a complete artist playing different roles as a writer, photographer, light and sound designer, art director, actor, director, film-maker and fine artist. Having worked with artists from all over the country and international groups he found a universal and the most basic human language of speech which he adapted with his own sensibility in his creative work. In 2003 he wrote and directed his 1st theatrical creation based on universal values and inspired from a painting by Edward Degas, a 2 act play â€˜ The Wedding Photographer. â€˜
2005 Pranay wrote his short film script â€˜Mayaâ€™ which he planned to direct but then took a break as he suffered with health problems. But, he continued his photography in the mean while which did not require too much of physical energy. Everything happens for a reason, in January 2006 his work titled â€˜Where is My Streetâ€™ found its place amongst 150 top fine artists of India. Adding economics to his art, Pranay soon made news and today he is one of the most highly rated fine art photographers in India. Currently working on creating his own individul style as an artist.