"When they entered, they found hanging upon the wall a splendid portrait of their master as they had last seen him, in all the wonder of his exquisite youth and beauty. Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart. He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage. It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognized who it was."  

The paintings and drawings of Manik Raj Nakra delve into ancient history while addressing his own identity. With imagery consisting of thick, teeming tropical jungles, exotic Asiatic animals, mythical severed heads, ancient architecture and romance, Nakra’s work applies a contemporary lens to post-colonial anachronisms and historical Indian iconography. These themes, handled with wild colors and "pop" sensibilities, illuminate the historically rooted, but contemporarily relevant narratives, paranoias and dreams of his time and place.

Manik is a 33-year-old artist living, working and eating late night Thai food in Austin, Texas. 


Contact MANIK for hellos, high fives, commissions, C.V., and all other inquires:

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Phone — 281.433.9465

Instagram — @smallest_M