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The art of copying

To self-taught painter Vinod Mayoora, Raja Ravi Varma is not only a passion but also a means of livelihood.

After spending eight years of his life as a travel executive with a leading firm, Vinod realised that he needed to take the artist in him more seriously. He never looked back. He resigned from his job and started to paint with renewed vigour. Vinod claims to have copied the largest number of Ravi Varma paintings.

Copying is not an inferior art, according to Vinod. He has also reproduced the works of great masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Boucher.

Apart from doing reproductions, Vinod has ventured into other mediums such as acrylic (surrealism), watercolour and oil paintings, where the subject matter is his own.

Vinod held his first solo exhibition in 1998. His other major exhibitions include a 20-day show at the 1999 Soorya Festival and the Millennium Exhibition held at Kovalam in 2000.

R. KIRAN

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