My life has been art and art has been my life. I have never stopped transforming my thoughts and emotions into pictures that narrate many stories. I initiate them, and the spectator has to complete them.Ragini Upadhayay Grela
I witnessed two revolutions in Nepal. The first established the multi-party democracy and the second replaced the monarchy by a republic. These facts inspired many of my works, like in the series People’s Power
NATURE SPEAKS is inspired by Nature’s suffering and devastation. Cutting trees, dumping waste in river and sea, polluting the air endlessly, for the sake of human comfort cannot continue without consequences.
Humans are social animals who need close interactions not only to survive but also to fulfill their needs of love and compassion. I have explored Love and communication in a variety of works like in the series Love in the Air
Ashes relates to the most painful experience in my life : the death of my lovely daughter Shivata. Through art, I heal my suffering and reconnect with her soul.
My life has been fulfilling but never easy. My works have been appreciated, I had the chance to travel to many countries and I was assigned as the first lady chancellor of the Nepalese Fine Art Academy. But I had to face a permanent struggle against a traditional mindset that doesn’t accept the equality of men and women nor in the family nor in the society. Fortunately, I have received unending encouragements and support from my father. I had also a supportive husband but I faced the most horrible suffering in loosing my daughter at the age of 20. I challenged many traditionnel views but didn’t face any physical threat. I live a simple life but I have the time and freedom to create and my inspiration never failed me. I present more in my “Life journey” page.