Moksananda is an British painter and maker of images living just outside Valencia, Spain, where he has lived for 35 years.
He is largely self-taught, though he studied drawing with Gaia Art Academy in Valencia and painting with Barry John Raybould at the Virtual Art Academy. He also studied film making with New York based Lights Film School.
In 2019 he had his first solo exhibition in Barcelona. In 2021 he studied under American Abstract Expressionist painter Ty Nathan Clark and was selected as a finalist in the XXXV Sanvisens painting prize exhibition in Sitges, Spain. His work has been featured in magazines, on webpages and used on book covers.
In 1985 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order and later founded the Valencia Buddhist Centre in Spain. For over 30 years he worked and travelled extensively in the hispanic world, teaching and supporting others on the Buddhist path while deepening his own practice and understanding.
Dedicated now full-time to painting and image making, his life as a meditator and practising Buddhist feed into his work. His paintings are held in a growing group of private collections in Spain, Mexico, the UK, Cyprus, Holland, Austria and Australia.
He currently lives with his wife and daughter near Valencia, where he has his studio.
"As an artist I am wanting to create objects and images that hold the ordinariness of our humanity while recognising the extraordinary and ungraspable nature of it all. In this sense I think of works of art as what the ancient Celts called 'thin places' - places where the veil is thin.
Each image I make is a process of coming into a fuller relationship with experience, based around a figure, an object, a place, a moment, a memory. I generally paint on canvas in acrylic, oil, charcoal and pastels, and the creative process involves reflection, research, meditation and open, unstructured time.
My hope is that in contemplating the paintings others will touch a place of deep authenticity - within the work and within themselves".
2022 'Transitory Horizons' CBTV, Valencia (12 Nov to 18 Dec)
2019/20 'Remember the Pearl' CBTB, Barcelona (22 Oct '19 to 28 Feb '20)
2022 Sporting Club Russia, Valencia (Dec '22 - Jan '23)
2022 Finalist XXXV Sanvisens painting prize, Sitges (Dec '21 - Feb '22)
2022 Painters Tubes Gallery virtual exhibition 'New Enviroments' (March - April)
2022 Painters Tubes Gallery virtual exhibition (January - February)
2020 Mundoarti VR exhibition
Group show in El Can del Roure, Valencia Feb '23
Artist residency Pouch Cove, Newfoundland April '24