Eyes Full of Hopes by Richa Gupta
19 x 24 inches
The Meghwal tribe are famous for their exotic and colorful costumes and jewellery. Both Hindu as well as Muslim, they are found in an area extending from the deserts of Rajasthan, into Gujarat and across the border into Pakistan. Their numbers are probably less than a million. Depending upon the districts where they reside in, they may speak Marwari, Dogri, Punjabi or Urdu.
Megh means rain in Hindustani and therefore the Meghwal consider themselves to be descendants and followers of the Saints who brought down rain into these more arid parts of India.
Bio: Richa Gupta is a self-taught artist working with graphite who is based in New Jersey. She was born and raised in India before moving to the USA. Her formative years were spent in a rural village and the influence of her upbringing is shown in the graphite sketches she creates today.
In middle school, Richa began to make portraits for her teachers using watercolors which she was praised for. In high school, her science teacher believed she was cheating when she showed her the bone chart, she made due to how highly detailed it was. Richa was an average student, but her art skills showed through.
She graduated in 2000 and moved to New Jersey in 2006. She began oil paintings in 2010 when she went on a short vacation to India. When she moved back to India fully in 2011, she barely had any time to paint. She moved back to America again residing in Orlando, Florida where she did a job in customer service. She eventually settled into her present home in New Jersey with her husband, Vishal Gupta, and son, Manas Gupta.
During the pandemic, she explored Indian folk art and began practicing more complex graphite sketches in detail and depth.
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