Born in 1999 in New Delhi, India, Niyamat Mehta embarked on a quest to find her metier at a very young age. Early in high school, she found it therapeutic and joyful to work with her bare hands while drawing, painting or sculpting. Delving into a number of artistic styles, her first set of sculptures at age fifteen explored life in the Antarctic Sea, marred by the effects of global warming. This included mystical fish, penguins, giant petrels all surviving in these increasingly warm environs. It was also a philosophical study into the fluidity of time, represented by tidal waves. Citing the tempestuous works of Rachmaninoff, well tempered perfection of Mozart, enormity and scale of Mahler, and the optimism of Beethoven as inspirations for her work, art has always played a major role in her psychological and artistic development.
At Sixteen, she went on to study one to one as a protégé to Master Sculptor Jason Arkles in Florence, Italy. Expanding her technique under Jason’s pedagogic methods, she made a portrait from life using traditional methods of the old masters and went on to study human anatomy. Living in Florence, she soaked in the methods of Renaissance art, that further helped her express herself in more contemporary styles. She is quoted to call this the most surreal experience any six-teen year-old sculptor could ask for. Moving on to undergraduate studies in Florence, she enrolled in the The Florence Academy of Art. Their emphasis on professional craftsmanship and enhanced quality of work with unmatched precision brought to her work a new artistic vitality according to the Free Press Journal, hailing her as ‘among the most exciting young Indian artists.’
She has auctioned and exhibited her portrait (Ainsley’2016) at the Cluster Collection Show organized by Khushii, India, a pan Indian charitable organisation, Women’s Art Week in Delhi, The Chapter Art Show in London and more. After completing her training at The Florence Academy of Art she would like to contribute to the global art market as she continues to develop her artistic sensibilities and style.
Work in Progress of The Dancer
Born in 1999 in New Delhi, India, I embarked on a quest to find my life’s calling at a very young age. As a high school student, I always found myself intensely engaged in exploring various types of music and forms of art and playing sports. While showing dedication to each new activity, I always found it therapeutic and joyful to work with my bare hands, be it drawing, painting or sculpting.
Thus, art was already playing a major role in my development. At six-teen, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do a one to one apprenticeship under Master Sculptor Jason Arkles in Florence, Italy. Studying at Jason’s studio I had the novelty to work on a portrait from life using traditional methods of the old masters and study human anatomy and European art history. It was the most surreal experience any aspiring sixteen-year-old sculptor could ask for.
While still in high school I began my eager research for good art schools and universities overseas.
This led me to The Florence Academy of Art (Italy), their emphasis on professional craftsmanship and enhanced quality of work convinced me to move to Florence and enrol in the full-time sculpture program.
In the summer of 2019, I had an opportunity to auction and exhibit my portrait (Ainsley’2016) at the Cluster Collection Show organized by Khushii, India, a pan Indian charitable organization. The show featured more than seventy stunning artworks by both senior and upcoming artists in aid of a noble cause.
After completing my training at The Florence Academy of Art I would like to contribute to the Indian Art Market.