The best part of chatting up with artists is the storytelling part. Another artist – another refreshing story – and this keeps us excited each day. 😊
Today’s story comes from a young artist from Nagaland – Visedelie Seyie, who tells us how his childhood was filled with drawing and painting activities – and lots of comics and cartoons. These childhood characters and fantasies inspired him enough to try his own hands at creating his own versions of happiness and fun that he felt while in the company of his favorite cartoon characters. When not watching cartoons, he was happily outdoors enjoying the tranquility of Mother Nature – another aspect of his childhood that influences his art. So let’s find out more about Visedelie!
We had a chat with Visedelie Seyie from Kohima, Nagaland. He talks about how painting has been a part of him since young age, the theme behind his art and his future plans.
Please introduce a little about yourself.
Hello, I am Visedelie Seyie, a self-taught artist from Kohima, Nagaland. Currently, I am pursuing my master degree in chemistry (final year). Painting is my passion and I consider painting to be a part of me from which I cannot part. I like being alone with nature during my free time.
What initially sparked your interest in painting? How did it all start?
My journey with art began when I was about four years old.. I drew a house after watching my uncle drawing one. That was the beginning. After that day, I started drawing the colorful pictures from my textbooks – as a kid, it was so fascinating and exciting to see those colourful pictures inside our school text books; I usually envisioned myself going inside the picture and getting immersed in that imaginary world. This feeling gradually and steadily took form in all my artworks – where I paint pictures of my imagined world where I see myself playing and having fun with animated characters and things I have created.
Beautiful nature painting by Visedelie Seyie
Wall art of Four living creatures : (L-R) Ox-servanthood, Eagle-divinity of Christ, Man-humanity of Christ and Lion-kingship | by Visedelie Seyie
How has your upbringing influenced your work or working style?
As a kid, I really liked superheroes. All the pages of my note book were filled with sketches of superheroes. The colourful animation in TV was surreal to me. It instills in me the desire to love colours and a deep feeling to draw more. The floors and walls looked like a comic book as I scribbled down on it with chalks. In standard three, I came across a water-colour painting of Pokémon did by my friend. From then on the journey with water-colour started, then to oil painting and acrylic painting. At first, the road to be an artist was not easy without a tutor. I did a lot of self study on painting.
Where do you draw inspirations from and what is the theme behind your art?
I came across many good artists through TV and wanted to be like them. It is this burning passion for painting and the encouragement of the people that keep me to go on. Sometimes I seclude myself to enjoy the lovely scenes of nature, to feel the gently moving breeze, and to relax my mind. That is where my inspiration comes. I like painting nature and I mostly do painting of nature. Apart from that I also paint portrait and anime art. My works are mostly on forest and landscape.
Oil painting of grandparents by Visedelie Seyie
Visedelie’s art of Khonoma Village in Nagaland
The Brook – realistic water colour painting by Visedelie Seyie
What do you hope people take away from your Art?
I want the onlookers to sense and feel calm, tranquillity, refreshing and peace through my art. I also hope that they take the feelings of the real serene nature when they see the nature painting. And be enlightened by a certain awareness to love and protect nature.
Do tell us about your next project or your future plans.
As a student I usually paint during my free time. So it might take time for my next work. The new work will be on human and nature, Naga culture, hyper realistic painting of nature, landscape, portrait and even Japanese landscape. At present, I plan to be a freelance artist. Full time may depend on the future circumstances.