Kaiko Moti – art as a philosophy

Kaiko Moti’s philosophy, a beliefs he lives, is Art. More contemplative than detailed, he endeavors to evaluate his sesations before mother nature in an effort to better recreate its essence. This quest underlies each one of Moti’s works, the quest for that entity which makes the illusory differences from the real vanish. For Moti, this essence is seized in daily life as movement, the movement that allows plays of light and dark and space. Born in Bombay, India, in 1921, Moti attended the Bombay School of fine Arts for 5yrs. Then he went to London on a scholarship from the University College.

Later he worked under Mac William and Reginald Butler. After moving permanently to Paris in 1950, he studied sculpture for three years with Zadkine. Due to a absence of space as well as the difficulties of getting work done in Paris, Moti turned from sculpture to engraving, studying with W.S. Hayter. Since then he’s been primarily noted as being an engraver working on copper plates. His work has been shown virtually thoughout the whole world, including the Biennale in Venice, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the New York Public Library, the New Delhi Museum of Art. Moti is represented inside permanent collections of many major museums and galleries, amon them the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Paris Musee d’Art Moderne, and the Bibliotheque Nationale. He’s an honorary member of Academy of Florence.



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