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I see being an artist primarily about entering into a fuller relationship with life, and with the questions that arise when we become aware of our brief existence as individuals. Starting from a figure, a gesture, a place, a moment, a memory, a forgetfulness, an object or a feeling, the creative process unfolds. It is a dynamic in which the true meaning of the work is often only revealed after the act of creating it.

 

This process involves reflection, investigation, meditation, and unstructured time. I love the interplay between making art and allowing art to make itself, between conscious choice and the life of its own that the creative process takes on. This is where I think art finds meaning.

 

I explore both abstract and figurative art, generally using oils and acrylics along with less refined materials such as charcoal powder, metal, and found objects. I often use a quite limited color palette, and some of my works explore tones and values of the same or similar colours.

 

I integrate the element of chance into my process, embracing it as an important part in the creation of the works. The unexpected is part of the dynamics of the composition, a subtle game between the precision or strength of the brushstroke and mark-making, and the randomness and uncontrollability of the materials used.

 

I tend to want to create works that at heart hold and communicate a serene strength. My hope is that by contemplating the paintings, others touch a place of authenticity and questioning, within the work and within themselves - a place where the everyday extraordinariness of our lives becomes more palpable in its elusiveness. In this sense, I think of works of art as what the ancient Celts called 'thin places' - places where the veil that blinds us to deeper realities becomes more attenuated.

Moksananda is a British artist based in Spain, where he has lived for more than 35 years.

 

He is largely self-taught, although he studied drawing with the Gaia Art Academy in Valencia and painting with Barry John Raybould at the Virtual Art Academy. He also studied film at the Lights Film School in New York.

 

In 1985 he was ordained into a Buddhist Order and later founded the Triratna Valencia Buddhist Centre. For more than 30 years he worked and traveled extensively throughout the Hispanic world, teaching and supporting others on the Buddhist path while deepening his own practice and understanding.

 

Now dedicated full time to art, his life as a meditator feeds into his art. His work has been selected for juried group exhibitions and featured in magazines, on websites and used on book covers. His paintings can be found in a growing number of private collections around the world.

 

He lives near Valencia, where he has his studio.

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