Born in Calcutta 1986.
He graduated in 2009 with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown widely shown in USA & India. He recently finished an artist residency in Nielson Gallery, Grazalema, Spain and working towards a series of shows in Shanghai in 2015. At present, lives and works in and around Kolkata.
Tibetan ‘thankas’, and ‘pata’ paintings of old Bengal have been a great source of inspiration. While in art school he studied the techniques and aesthetics of traditional art styles, combining their iconography with modern themes. The resultant works were exhibited in a show held in the Sullivan Galleries in downtown Chicago.
Having moved towards a type of abstract expressionism his new works tend to strike hard at the conventional notions of propriety in form, using spray-guns, acrylics, polyurethane gel, and pigment dispersions.
..."I am trying to convey concept through the use of medium and processes, by taking the piece out of the realm of 'image' and creating a multi-sensorial experience"...
Viraag refers to mechanical forms as a point of departure, depicting chaotic arrangements of flora and fauna, and figures from various militant/historical scenes. Often he uses the traditional technique of hand-dyeing his canvasses to reinforce his depictions of life in isolated rural landscapes.
He uses found objects along with traditional art materials and created media (dried oil paints, fabric and local materials). Appropriation of these materials and techniques result in cinematic glimpses of his personal contemporary voice.
Working part-time as a graphic and set designer, Viraag uses his experience from these disciplines to constantly inform his painting practices.