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Art & Life with Saish Kotecha

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saish Kotecha.

Saish, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up surrounded by the Indian classical arts and music. My grandfather was a painter, musician, architect. My grandpa was a tailor. My dad is a computer scientist and musician. It’s safe to say these artistic traits and talents were some of the many things I inherited from my family roots. I grew up with computers in the household at a very young age. I remember some of my first pieces of digital art and design experimentation started with basic HTML/CSS hacking to customize my Xanga & Myspace pages back in the day. Also, I remember making and experimenting with manipulating photos in a bootleg photoshop program I found online. These were some of the most early memories I remember that really garnered my interest in the art and digital web designing world.

I followed my early interests and went to Cal State Fullerton for Graphic Design & Advertising. It was during this period of time where I took drawing/typography/graphic design/media communication courses, when I really begin to develop a sense of purpose and meaning to whatever I decided to create. From designing a logo and website for the college radio station to creating flyers for concerts on campus – I began to amateurly testing and implementing what I learned in classes to the real world. There was a natural gravitation and urge to really pursue this as my career and way of living.

Out of college, I worked as a designer at a couple of ad agencies and began freelancing loads of projects to the present. Spanning from corporate clients to big name brands, to independent musicians, and underground parties – I have slowly but surely found an artistic voice that I am continuing to develop, refine, and learn more about each day.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work varies in the areas of graphic design and art exploring branding identity, poster/flyers and graphic collaging. Aside from doing design work to pay the bills, I really enjoy experimenting with the collage art form. Collage is derived from the French word coller or “to glue” which was coined by Cubist artists Braque and Picasso. Absolute legends and inspirations of mine. I have always had a fascination with puzzles and pairing similar colors, patterns, and shapes. Collage has given me a medium to experiment and create more art with existing art in a deconstructed way. Along with collaging, my education in Graphic Design has helped me explore and delve deep into my design practice where I have been able to take on some fun art direction and branding identity projects. This is where these two worlds of collage and design collide to form my unique design perspective.

I have always been thoroughly inspired by the 60s-70s and anything vintage looking. Taking nods and heavy inspiration from Swiss design and the bauhaus era, my work is colorful and balanced while trying to push the boundaries of the grid. Which is where my love for brutalist digital design and architecture naturally shine through in most of my work. I think my artwork and approach to design is fun and thought-provoking, I hope that it makes you stop in your tracks, and make you feel some type of way.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success is all around you – waiting for you but most importantly it’s within you. Tap into it. Be curious. Be honest. Be humble. Be open. Be playful. Be happy. Be relaxed. Be patient. Be free. 🙂

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can currently view my body of work via Instagram. Currently, my website/portfolio is under construction, but it will be back up in the coming months, very soon! At the moment liking, sharing, and referrals for design/art gigs are some of the main ways to support.

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Image credit: 
Nenah Bondi – Personal Photo

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