Max Manuel Nath

Max Manuel Nath

Manuel Nath was born in Karwar, Karnataka in 1968. His parents found him painting from the
age of two and did everything to encourage him. He attended St. Michael’s Convent, where his talent was detected by Sister Charity, the senior arts and craft teacher. She encouraged him to participate in painting competitions and very soon Manuel would win almost all the art events for the next 8 years.

After having completed schooling, he attended St.Josephs College of Arts and Science,
Bangalore. It was here that Manuel was really able to express himself artistically and expand his art vocabulary. Once again he found himself winning all the inter collegiate art events single handedly, notable among them being the National level Painting competition held at BITS Pilani, where he got the first prize in both sculpting and painting . Also he placed first in painting and stamp designing at the All India Painting competition held at IIT Powai.

It was in college that Manuel started calling himself Max. The reason in his own words “ The
name Manuel lends itself to different sounds by different cultures. The local Goans call me Manel, some call me Manuvel like the Mexicans would, and yet other ; Manuel, so, to preserve the sanctity of my name I had to adopt a name where one could simply not go wrong”.

Manuel Nath calls himself a contemporary artist working mainly with organic forms as a point of departure. Manuel Nath’s drawings are sophisticated, even if naïve by conventional standards. His innate sense of design is strikingly illustrated in the piece titled ‘ Sisters’ . The piece’s rhythmic rocking is created through a masterful use of diagonal lines and an overall triangular structure that cradles the implied seesawing movement. An unusual spatial sense, coupled with a unique vocabulary of shapes and symbols, underscores the authenticity of Manuel’s direct approach.

Manuel draws his inspirations from his travels. His favorite destination has been the Himalayas where he has spent many years painting. ‘There are a lot of practical reasons why I choose the high altitude to paint. One thing is the dust free atmosphere one needs paint as dust is the greatest enemy of oil paints. My most favored medium is brush and ink as I don't have to carry a lot of equipment, just paper and brushes and Indian ink, and once the painting is done, no need to wait for the paint to dry. I just pack up and head for another place’.

‘There are a lot of artist having exhibitions and displaying all their paintings the moment the paint is dry. I don't like to do that as not all paintings come out as masterpieces. I believe in respecting people’s mind space and if one does engage someone’s attention, it has to be worth it. That is the reason I have stayed away from curating my works before it is mature enough for a gallery, even though I have received numerous invitations from various prestigious galleries’.

‘The jewel-like palette of his works attest to his love of light and color. During the
dark monsoon season, he craves color, and through his work is able to tap into a
warmer, brighter place.’

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