When 8 Artists With Autism Painted Their Dream Homes. Ft Design Cafe
Published on: 28 Apr, 2022
As a major global health issue, autism needs to gain more understanding. Each year, World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated on April 2 globally to spread awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental disorder that distorts the communication and social interaction skills of a person. Subsequently, the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about this pertinent condition. Approximately 1 in 500 or more than 2.16 million people have autism.
Design Cafe, India's foremost Home Interiors Solutions’ brand has partnered with Atypical Advantage to promote awareness and acceptance of autistic individuals in the wake of National Autism Awareness Month. On this occasion, eight artists with autism from 3 different cities were commissioned to paint their version of "a dream home" inspired by Design Cafe's vision of delivering dream homes for every Indian homeowner.
Grandparents form an important pillar in a child’s life but in R. Kedhar’s life, grandma’s bedroom is a favourite place, a place to be with her, a place to rejuvenate, explore, and evolve. He is 21 years old and was born in Hyderabad. He was diagnosed with autism when he was 4 years old. He chose art to express himself when verbal communication didn't develop. Later, some of his teachers encouraged him to explore his art further.
Rupak Munje is from Chennai and has Autism Spectrum Disorder, he has curated more than 200 paintings, and 38 shows in art galleries and online. He has recently won the STIR UP 2020 International Competition and was honoured with the Rising Star Award at India’s biggest online art contest ORA 2020 by Mojarto.
An artist is a storyteller with a paintbrush but a picture is worth a thousand words. Prithvi Ramkumar believes in this philosophy as he loves poetries and stories but canvas and brushes are his first love. The 19-year-old from Chennai, picturises his dream home as a ‘smart shoe house’, which is as tall as clouds and as grounded as grass, telling us the story of every achievable dream.
Born in Bangalore, 18 years old M. Mithun is doing home schooling. He helps his mother with household chores and gets really happy when someone appreciates his artwork. For M. Mithun, a dream home is where a happy cat can sit relaxed and enjoy nature; he sees the world through a cat’s eye in his painting. He brings the cat alive on the canvas with his magical brushes which he uses as a magician’s wand.
Sridhar Rangrajan is a working professional. He was born in Banglore and was diagnosed with mild autism at a very young age. He is working at SAP LABS for the last 9 years and exhibited his paintings at SAP LABS India Office and sold 8 paintings during World Autism Awareness Day. He visualises his home as a nature’s lap, filled with green plants and trees.
History is the mirror to the present and the lesson for the future. Swaminathan Manivannam’s paintings show his love for historical buildings. Growing up in Chennai, he loved observing historical monuments and soon started sketching them. His artworks bedeck murals, logos, offices, letterheads, etc. You can also find his art pieces wreathing Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand’s letterheads and visiting cards. His idea of home is playing football with friends. He showcased his magic with a paintbrush.
They say there’s no age to study. We say there’s no age to paint. Our next artist is 21 years old and from Hyderabad. He has a Bachelor's in Fine Arts. Sarang Sachin Jaltare was born in Hyderabad and was diagnosed withAutism Spectrum disorder. He's learning instruments like tabla, keyboard, guitar. He has shown his ‘dream home’ as a flower vase.
Devansh Maurya was born in Pune and was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 2 and a half years old. While teaching him his mother noticed that he had a knack for colours. His painting has been exhibited at Geneva Centre for Autism, Virtual Symposium 2020. Other than painting, he enjoys playing the piano. He finds solace in his artwork. His depiction of a dream home is a bright and colourful road leading to the beautiful and serene house.
Talent outshines every struggle. However, talent needs a platform to showcase itself to the world. Each artist, through their paintings, has demonstrated their ability to add more appeal to homes with striking forms, colours and strokes.