Passion is fierce, passion is feisty
Once it grips your heart there is no going back.
Pavi Sankar, fresh and ecstatic artist who hails from Panchavilakam, near Neyyattinkara, has put his
artistic stamp on walls in the city Kochi, both public and private spaces. He is best described as a
‘passionate soul balanced with a heart which thirsts liberation’. He has left all mesmerised with his
graffiti work and digital art on his fabled Instagram page. Pavi’s digital paintings feature a mix of
political satire and western Indian art. “My art is from the heart, a whimsical reaction to everything
around me, often topical, often satirical. It does not conform to a particular style, only I aim for a
good finish",” muses the down-to-earth youngster, known for his dry wit.
Pavi started off by creating drawings using charcoal and colour chalks on the walls of his house. Not
surprisingly, the youth says he is a great fan of Banksy, the England-based graffiti artist with
unverified identity. “Banksy's works are my inspiration as they offer freedom of expression without a
fear of being restricted. His satirical street art combines dark humour with graffiti, executed in a
distinctive stencilling technique. He works with black and white shades that convey deep meanings.
His work, Girl with a Red Balloon in London motivated me for Wall for Peace, the graffiti work in
Kochi and Trivandrum, “says Pavi.
“I’ve been drawing and sketching ever since I can remember. After Plus Two [Government Boys High
School, Neyyattinkara], bowing to family pressure, I joined a polytechnic institute. I lasted precisely
three months there. That’s when I came to know about Fine Arts and signed up for a BFA in
painting",” says Pavi. “I can draw anything and everything and as an artist everything and everyone
Being a freelance artist who has made his artistic signature on many public and private places in the
city, the 25 year-old observes, “Digitalised painting opens up new arenas to explore art and drawing.
But performing 3D works using digital tools kills the originality. The feel and satisfaction that we
receive by drawing with our own hands cannot be achieved in digitised canvas and tools. “
There was a graffiti of a soldier and a young girl that popped up on the wall at Manaveeyam Road",
Trivandum . The soldier looks on sombrely as the girl extends a flower to him from the basket of
flowers that she is carrying, reminding us of those iconic images of the ‘flower children",’ who offered
flowers to armed soldiers as a reminder of peace, during demonstrations against the Vietnam War.
To reinforce the point, more pink blooms are scattered on the ground amid and on top of menacing
guns and grenades.
“Why does life these days have to begin and end at the barrel of the gun? Let’s approach life as
children would do it, full of innocence, love, peace, fun and camaraderie",” says Pavi, explaining his
However, Pavi is unhappy as the series had to be confined to only two paintings, one in
Manaveeyam Veedhi and the other in Palarivattom, Kochi. Ask him the reason and he says, “People
constantly compare our works with legendary artists. The ideas and works of new artists are not
valued much. I don't believe that art should be framed and kept inside the four walls or circulated
only through social media. One should accept the revolution and modernisation in art also. If nudity
is depicted in the work it is tagged as obscene here. “
My next attempt is to work on photographs and mix them with art on a `Save Water' campaign as
water will be the rea son for the next World War. Art is not stable, neither am I, we change
according to the evolution of our thoughts, “he signs off.