The professional Artist

Indian art has come of age in the twenty first century. Art galleries are mushrooming across economic and cultural centers, and art exhibitions and auctions attract more than just connoisseurs and critics. There never has been a better time for art enthusiasts to make their foray into the field. What’s more art is no longer restricted to being an artist. Art aficionados can branch out into many lucrative and creatively satisfying areas. Art professionals span a wide range, including the ever popular artists and art teachers, art curators and dealers art writers or even forensic artists.


An obvious choice for many art students (BFA – fine arts like painting, sculpture, or ceramics) is to be an artist. Today, the contemporary Indian art scene has made its presence felt on a global platform, thereby offering an artist a host of opportunities. The most necessary qualities in an aspiring artist are an inborn talent for art, and instinctive understanding of color, space and detail a lot of hard work, and a tremendous sense of adventure. Because the road to success can often be long and hard, an artist must be equipped with great self confidence and perseverance.

An artist must remain a student all his life, to learn and keep growing. Art is currently a rather lucrative field, since young artists with a good portfolio finally have a platform and the contemporary Indian art scene is also growing very fast. A New Era of Indian Art and Mori Art Museum, Japan 2008, India Moderna in Valencia Spain 2008. Our advice to young aspirants is to nurture their talent as an artist, and always remember that their formative years are very important. Develop your own style, and choose an appropriate gallery to represent your work. You ought to work with a gallery that helps build your reputation as an artist, so you can sustain your career over a longer period rather than have a short shelf life. Moreover, riding on the boom in the Indian contemporary art scene today, young people have myriad opportunities besides exhibiting their work.

The profession offers good money, but an artist must enjoy what he does, and be patient while he works to get his work noticed. Ultimately it is the dedication and the search for individuality, which makes an artist great. Creating art is just one of the aspects of pursuing a career in the field. In fact, given the boom in the Indian art circuit, supplementary service professionals such as curators and art writers are in demand.

Most artists are equipped with some basic training in fine arts, i.e. a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts or a Master’s in Fine Arts. In order to pursue these courses, you must have an inborn talent and urge to draw a vivid and distinct sense of colors and forms, the power of visualization, keen observation skills, and a penchant for freehand sketching. Creativity is a useful trait. Patience imagination and good eye-hand coordination are essential traits for producing works of art.

With art galleries emerging across the country, one can fulfill one’s affinity for art by working as a curator or art dealer in a gallery or even in auction houses. Art management entails deep knowledge and understanding of art, to ascertain their aesthetic and financial value.

The art scene in India has witnessed spectacular growth in the last five years, more so because the middle class has taken to investing in art. This has transformed the entire art scene in India.

Auction houses, museums and institutions around the world, are showing a keen interest in Indian artists, and as a result Indian art has blossomed globally. Earlier, very few Indian artists’ work could be seen at international auctions. Today however, auction houses hold auctions, exclusively for Indian art.