With the booming tourism Goa has been actually blessed
in many ways; without foreigners there would be no art-scene
in Goa. In the beginning of the 90ties "The Flying
Dutchman" saw the opportunity and started a highly
noticed and successful Gallery. Mohan Naik, Suhas Shilker
and Rajashree Thakkar "were born" there. After
his closure Art Chamber, Galeria de Belas Artes was
established in 1997/98 and continued this work. From
a small group of 5, 6 artists, now suddenly all the
latent talents got a chance to exhibit, not only young
artists who never really exhibited, but lecturers, senior
artists, and international guys as well. This was the
time when people began seriously looking at art.!
Subodh Kerkar was a lone man who has been promoting
art much befor it became fashionable in Goa; he was
very successful even before "the Flying Dutchman"
came onto the scene, but he remained all these years
a 'solo entertainer' which had little impact on the
whole development in the state. Subodh Kerkar received
his initial art education from his artist father, Mr.
Chandrakant Kerkar. By the time he was 15 years old,
Subodh could paint masterly watercolor landscapes which
he exhibited in local galleries in Goa. Subodh was a
student of merit throughout his high school education
and took admission at medical school at the age of 18.
As a student, he was a regular illustrator and cartoonist
for local and national newspapers. After completing
his medical studies in 1983, Subodh ran his own hospital
for 6 years in Goa before giving up his medical profession
for his passion, visual art. In 1991 he worked for Dale
Carnegie Syndicate in Germany illustrating management
books with 100 silent cartoons. For the last 20 years
Subodh has been a full-time practicing artist experimenting
with different media. He lives and works in Goa, India
and is the Founder and Director of the Kerkar Art Complex,
Calangute, Goa, founded in 1992. Lately he has started
using his gallery to promote local artists and artists
from abroad who can exhibit at his gallery which is
beautiful and hugely popular in goa.Another crusader
of art in Goa is Yolanda de souza whose Art
Chamber, Galeria de belas Artes in Calangute
is an amazing treat for all art lovers.The gallery exhibits
not only famous and upcoming Goan artists but also Indian
and many International artists. Some Goan arists who
exhibit with her are Mario Miranda,Theodor
Mesquita,Sonia Rodrigues,Raj Bhandare,Seby
Akkar,Vamona Navelcart, oday
there are at least 20 galleries, apart from museums
and libraries and other institutions functioning in
the state. And the trend, is upward.
Goa has changed and the development of art is clearly
visible. However it is still simmering under a cover:
like a bird that is not born yet, just trying to break
the eggshell. Art is still far away from being a major
factor in society as it is today in Mumbai or Delhi.
It only got noticed.