Art & Friendship

Alexander Gorlizki & Riyaz Uddin in conversation with Kamini Sawhney⁠

As part of its ongoing theme ‘Creative Connections’, MAP presents artists, Alexander Gorlizki and Riyaz Uddin who have been working together for over two decades in a unique partnership that brings together influences and traditions from the East and West. The session, moderated by MAP Director Kamini Sawhney, explores their collaboration that is built not only upon the cross-cultural exchange of artistic thought and practice, but also an evolving personal friendship over time.

A collaboration: In 1996, Alexander Gorlizki established an atelier with Riyaz Uddin in one of the winding alleys in Jaipur’s Old City. Gorlizki conceptualises and designs all the elements of the paintings that are then rendered with astonishing skill by Riyaz and his assistants. When Gorlizki isn’t in the studio in Jaipur, each work is sent back and forth between New York and Rajasthan, sometimes over a period of two, three or more years accumulating layer upon layer of notes, revisions and additions. Their collaborative efforts have been collected by, and exhibited in, many private and public collections around the world.

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