Bhairaj hails from Patan and is the first in his family to follow his dreams as an artist. He was born in 1971 and recalls the old nature of Patan throughout his younger years. His father was at one time a driver for the UN. The family home in Patan was destroyed in the earthquakes of 2015, but after great efforts they have been able to create a new structure that now serves Bhairaj as a studio and gallery for his vast collection of art. Bhairaj studied Fine Arts at Lalitkala Campus. He is married and has two children.
Apart from a few months as a teacher, Bhairaj has managed through difficult early years to establish himself as a well-known artist. Teaching just wasn’t in his plan! He lists his artistic interests as figurative art (real-life and portrait), cityscapes, and landscapes, plus when the mood appeals to delve into the rich supply that is provided by Buddhist themes. It gives him a very broad and varied catalog of paintings subjects, but abstract art does not figure in his interests.
In all these years he still wonders where his ideas come from, but it is of no matter since his vivid imagination shines through in all his work. He knows that “art has to come from inside” and cannot be forced. He prefers to work with acrylic paints, but has also delved into oils. During the troubled years of the 1990s as democracy emerged, he produced a painting that told the story on canvas – it superbly illustrates the conflict between the freedom to demonstrate for rights and those opposed to them by the status quo.
At the new Marriott Hotel in Thamel, he currently has a series of paintings being exhibited, which he calls his Buddha series. His love of nature comes through in his paintings and the variety of his work is amazing; he has produced hundreds of images during a long and varied career. Bhairaj sells his work through galleries, exhibitions, Facebook, Google and by word of mouth. He is a member of the Kasthamandap Art Group that is rapidly getting a name for discerning art. He lists www.eartsnepal.com as perhaps the most professional forum for artists. He notes that it is the domestic market that has enabled a new generation of younger artists to contemplate a career in art nowadays, something which during his earlier years was much harder. Then only foreign buyers and a few privileged Nepalese were able to sustain the art scene.
He participated in the MoNA Covid exhibition and it’s likely we will see much more of his art in the future.