NFN Kalyan is an Indian-American artist based in Miami. The son of a mathematician and a philosopher, his background is clearly reflected in his work. Despite having a B.A. in fine arts, he did not move into the field of visual creation right out of college. It was only after he married his wife, Bernardette, and the couple had a son that he resolved to pursue his passion. Kalyan’s work showcases evolving techniques guided by his broad conceptual vision. This vision deals with a variety of intertwined ideas: death, reality vs. the imagined and iconic images known the world over. He sees the world in black and white although his interpretations are often so subtle that they appear gray until examined closely. With each work Kalyan completes, another more ambitious project has already been started.
There appear to be two components to the creation of my work. The first is what I think and the second is who I am. These two things are inseparable but for the purposes of this writing, let’s imagine that we can draw some sort of distinction. My thoughts center around the nature of mankind. What does it mean to be human. I examine this from the standpoint of religion, fame, mathematics and a plethora of other angles but perhaps most importantly, death.
The source of my inspiration appears to be very subconscious. It comes from who I am: my essential nature, which I believe to be inherent in me. It influences my work in ways I can’t understand and because of that, it is difficult for me to fully explain what I am doing. Since I do not fully know me, how can I fully understand that which comes from me?
In getting to know me, one can have a fuller understanding of my work. I believe this to be true of any artist but I choose to not attempt to explain myself. It is a futile effort which I will not participate in.
Worth noting is that I can explain each individual piece or series. I can explain what they are but explaining why they happened is not possible. I will leave the psychoanalysis to someone else.