Transcending Elephants, Gond painting by Santosh Uikey

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Santosh Uikey handpaints a Transcending Elephant in this detailed composition. Gond culture revolves around the forest and is revered as the source of all life on sustenance in the Gond culture. According to a Gond Myth, there was a flying elephant that went around creating chaos and bringing havoc upon the people of the villages. The people then prayed to Bada Deo, the primary deity of the Gonds who is believed to have created the universe. When the Elephant was sleeping, Bada Deo came and took away its wings and sent the creature into the forest. This was how elephants transcended to earth from heaven.

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Santosh Uikey, a passionate artist from Patangarh, Madhya Pradesh, has been immersed in the colorful world of Gond painting since his childhood. Drawing inspiration from his mother's artistic pursuits, Santosh began experimenting with colors and sketches at a young age, eventually founding a group for handicapped girls to share his love for art.

Although he hasn't received formal awards, Santosh's talent has garnered widespread recognition. Notably, he collaborated with Japanese artists on a project celebrating the Narmada River, infusing his Gond paintings with the rich stories and songs of his heritage.

Santosh's artwork reflects the vibrant hues of nature and the cultural heritage of his village. Through his paintings, he vividly portrays the daily life of the Gond tribe, capturing their traditions, rituals, and folklore on various mediums such as wood, walls, sarees, and resort walls.

Despite facing challenges and ridicule, Santosh remains steadfast in his dedication to preserving Gond culture through his art. He dreams of showcasing his work internationally and is even writing a book on tribal culture to further promote awareness and appreciation.


Gond art is a traditional form of painting practiced by the Gond tribal communities of central India, primarily in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It is characterized by its vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and depictions of nature, animals, and tribal life. From peacocks, and elephants, to an ant, each creation tells a story and reflects the close relation of the Gond people with their environment. Artists use fine lines and dots to create elaborate motifs, often incorporating elements of folklore, mythology, and spirituality into their designs. The art form was passed down orally from generation to generation, with artists using natural materials like leaves, mud, and charcoal to create elaborate designs on walls, floors, and other surfaces. Details According to Gond mythology, the art of painting originated from the Gondi deity, Devi Maoli. It is believed by the Gond people that Devi Maoli taught the first Gond artist, the secrets of painting during a dream. Since then, Gond art has been considered a sacred form of expression by its practitioners. Gond people believe that good images are the harbinger of good luck so they decorate their houses with traditional motifs. Gond art has gained international recognition for its unique aesthetic appeal and cultural significance. An interesting fact about Gond is that each artist has a distinctive signature style. For them, the ethos of life is a mixture of myth and reality, of organic and inorganic forms.  

Product Details

Transcending Elephants, Gond painting by Santosh Uikey
Santosh Uikey
Art Style
Natural Colors
36 in60 in(H) X 24 in36 in(W)
Elephant, Animal, Forest
Blue, Brown, gray, Multicoloured
Country of Origin
Madhya Pradesh, India

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