Mahaveer SwamiBorn in 1959 at Bikaner in state of Rajasthan in India, Mahaveer Swami received his initial training at home and later accomplished Diploma in Painting & Sculpture at the Rajasthan School of Art in Jaipur. Meanwhile he mastered in traditional style of painting under guidance of his mentor late Shri Vedpal Sharma “Bannu”.
He has exhibited in over 60 galleries in India from 1986 to 2021 in the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Pune, and internationally in Paris, Brussels, Jerusalem, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Wave Hill, New York and Denver in the U.S.A., Japan, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Spain and Australia. He has given workshops in India at over 15 locations in various festivals and camps in Bikaner, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mount Abu and Haryana from 1996 through 2021 and given Demonstrations and Training Programmes in India from 1986 through 2021. Internationally he has taught in Paris, Cairo, Jerusalem, Dubai, Bhutan, Algeria, Taiwan, Belgium, Shanghai, and Hong Kong and in the USA in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. He has received around 10 major awards for his exquisite artwork, including the Master Craftsman Award (National Award). Swami’s work is in the collections of over 17 museums and galleries in India and internationally in Jerusalem, Berlin, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), Camden, Maine (USA), New York, Paris, Belgium and Algeria. His artwork appears in several books, magazines and online blogs. His work is in the permanent collection of Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Museum Of Sacred Art in Durbuy, Belgium, the Cultural International Festival of Miniature & Illumination in Tlemcen, Algeria and in One Asia Project, Auroville, Pondicherry.
The Bikaner style of painting is a sub-school of the Rasjasthani miniature art. It is also the closest sub-school to the Mughal miniature style. A famous painter Rukh-ud-din bought many decani art elements to the Bikaner painting style. Such as rendering fountains, and depiction of nature and nature based background. The Bikaner paintings can be seen on the walls of the heritage monuments across Bikaner, Jodhpur and Shekhavati. The main themes of Bikaner paintings are scenes from Indian mythology and the Rajasthani way of life. Also depicted are the episodes from religious stories such as Bhagwad Gita, Shivpurana, etc. Bikaner paintings depict beautiful portraits in an almost Mughal miniature style and are made with delicate lines.