Rahul Bakshi participates in the Celebrating the Arts program for adults with disabilities at Cobblestone Arts Center in Farmington. His talent shows others that people are not defined by their limitations. With encouragement from his friends, family and community, Bakshi is able to reach his full potential.
Born in 1970 near Chandigarh, India, Bakshi showed artistic potential at a young age. His mother encouraged his love of painting, and became integral to his development as an artist. Through her persistence and support, Bakshi pursued a professional art degree and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in applied arts from Government College of Art in Chandigarh.
His father, who died when Bakshi was 11 months old, was an artist. His paintings were displayed around their home, and inspired Bakshi’s initial explorations as a young child. After receiving his degree, Bakshi held his first solo exhibit in 2000, “First Step”; followed by a second solo exhibition, “The Hope”; and his third, “My World.”
Bakshi moved to the U.S. to live with his sister Rupa, and her family after his mother died in 2005. After major neck surgery, Bakshi was left with some physical challenges that affected his artwork. He started to paint again after a year of recovery and physical therapy.
He decided to dedicate his first exhibit in the U.S. at Cobblestone Arts Center to his mother, Balwant Bakshi. Lorene Benson, executive director, felt it fitting to host not only Bakshi’s first solo exhibit in the U.S. at Cobblestone, but also as the new gallery’s first exhibit.
“You have to see his work,” she said. “It is truly amazing what he has accomplished, and we’re glad to be here to support him in whatever way we can. This is why we are here, after all.”
Bakshi’s work consists of acrylic paint on paper and canvas. His subject matter ranges from the natural world to landscapes, portrait and abstract pieces. His art recently was displayed at Eastview Mall as a part of Cobblestone’s art exhibit. His portfolio is available for viewing on Instagram (@rahul.bakshi.art). Prints are available by calling Cobblestone at (585) 398-0220.