Hi! I am Gopal Prasad Sharma, a Miniature paintings artist. I was born in the Bijolia village of the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. My father Shri Kanhaiya Lal Sharma was also an artist. He used to make paintings on the wall and red stones of Bijolia village.
Miniature Painting Skills
I was born in a family of artists, so I can say that art is in my blood. My father Shri Kanhaiya Lal Sharma was my mentor, and I learned the basics of art from him, but my interest arose in miniature paintings rather than wall art. I did extensive research on different styles prevalent in Rajasthan like Mughal style, Rajasthani Rajput style, Kishangarh style, Mewar style, Devanagari style, Kota Bundi style, Jaipur Dhundar style, Kangra style, Phad style, Basohli style, etc. It not only enabled me to become proficient in each style but I also created a mix of different styles which are more refined, unique, and my own. I have got so much from this art that today 15-20 students are pursuing Ph.D. on my painting from Mewar University.
Miniature Painting Process
I make paintings on handmade paper, synthetic ivory sheets, canvas, and silk fabric. I use locally available stone colors. Colors are made by crushing stones. I also use 24 karat genuine gold and silver colors in my paintings. For large paintings on canvas, I use oil paints.
First I choose the subject of my painting and then sketch it according to my imagination. Then the coloring starts, I also use a single hair brush for very precise work. I also make paintings according to the theme provided by the customer.
Great precision is required to create miniature paintings. It is quite a difficult task to portray everything with clarity in a single painting. So this is what makes the miniature painting so unique and royal.
Each of my creations is a masterpiece in itself, yet “Ram Darbar” for which I was awarded the “Shilp Guru” award is my expertise.
I started painting at a very young age, so I can say that till now I have 40-45 years of experience in this field.
Participation in Exhibitions
I have exhibited my paintings all over India and abroad.
I have showcased my work in India International Trade Fair (Pragati Maidan, New Delhi), Surajkund International Crafts Mela (Faridabad), India Expo Mart (Noida), India Art Festival (Mumbai), Lalit Kala Akademi (Jaipur), Dilli Haat (New Delhi), Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur), Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan (New Delhi), Rajasthan Diwas Samaroh (Jaipur), India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), etc.
Abroad, I have exhibited my paintings at Tendence International Trade Fair (Frankfurt, Germany), Gift Fair (São Paulo, Brazil), Nehru Centre (London, UK), etc.
I have always been respected in India and abroad for my paintings. I have been a member of the Governing Council of Rajasthan School of Arts from 2007 to 2010. Recently in 2020, I received the “Shilp Guru” award for my Ram Darbar painting, which depicts 500 different characters. It took about 5 years to make this painting.
Besides this, I have also received the Jaipur district award in 1993-94, Rajasthan state Award in 1998-99 by the Rajasthan government, the National Merit award in 2000, the National award in 2007, Surajkund Mela Kala Mani Award in 2010 & 2020, Best citizen award in 2010 and Bharat ke Kohinoor award in 2010. In 2014, I received the Paramparagat International Award (First Prize) from the Government of India, participating with contestants from 40 countries.
My name was also entered in the Limca Book of Records in 2001 for making the world’s smallest painting on a mustard seed in 2000. I have also received Gaur Ratna Award by Gaur Samaj and the Talented Artist Award by Jaipur Municipal Corporation. I also received the Maharana Sajjan Singh Award in 1998-99 by the Mewar Foundation, Udaipur.
I also got first prize at Tendence International Trade Fair (Frankfurt, Germany).
Training Programmes Conducted
Till now more than 20,000 students from all over the world have learned this art from me. Some of them are doing their research on my paintings.
In the future, I want to do more experiments in my paintings. Currently, I am working on Ramayana paintings in which I am trying to make a series of paintings depicting each chaupai of Ramayana.
I was nominated for the Padma Shri award 4-5 times but now I want to get this award also.