Zhoniu Pfozhe, 26, is a Mathematics graduate from Delhi University’s (DU’s) Hans Raj College, but what attracts this young guy from Manipur are colours more than numbers.
“At one point in our lives, we all commit mistakes, and I, too, due to parental pressure, took up Maths Hons. But my heart lies in painting,” says Zhoniu, who will be presenting his artworks in an exhibition titled, Random Lives and North East India, which starts today in Delhi.
The exhibition, which will take place at the Nagaland House, will also see artworks by Cynthia Kolakhe, 25, and, Jithuw Pfozhe, 25.
Both of them, like Zhoniu, belong to the North East and have graduated from DU. Though Kolakhe is a Fine Arts graduate, both Jithuw and Zhoniu have no formal training in art, but have been painting since their childhood.
“Most of the artworks in the exhibition depict the culture and tradition of North East India. This was a deliberate effort from our side, as we wanted to bring the culture of our native lands to the mainstream,” says Zhoniu.
Talking about his struggle, Zhoniu, says, “It’s not easy to pursue your hobby, as society always pressurises you to become a working professional. But I am happy that I have collaborated with some like-minded people in this exhibition.”At the exhibition, there are a total of 30 artworks on display, with 10 paintings from each artist.
All the paintings are classified under three categories — oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas and oil on paper.The artworks are available for sale, with a starting price of Rs 5,000.
According to Zhoniu, “The focus here is not to sell our work, but to exhibit our talent to the public.
This is one of the reasons that our paintings are priced at minimal rates.” While Jithuw’s paintings are mainly abstract, and are based on cultural depictions, Zhoniu paints forms and figures inspired from his personal experiences, dreams and childhood memories. But it’s Kolakhe, the only woman in the group, who has done some pop and experimental works.