Mahaveer Swami


Mahaveer Swami (b. 1959) was born in Bikaner in Rajasthan, India. He began his artistic training at home and later earned a Diploma in Painting & Sculpture from the Rajasthan School of Art in Jaipur. He mastered the traditional style of Indian painting under the guidance of his mentor, the late Shri Vedpal Sharma ’Bannu‘.

He is dedicated to reviving the traditions of the Bikaner School of Painting, while exploring new subjects, contexts and forms of expression. His style is influenced by his studies of Mughal and Rajasthani miniatures, and his chosen subject matter is often drawn from Indian mythology, the lifestyles of holy men and women, the daily lives of Indian women, and other indigenous themes.

Swami has received around 15 awards for his contributions to the arts, including the Master Craftsman Award (National Award) granted by the Government of India and the Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi’s Kalavid award. Since 1986, he has shown his work at more than 60 galleries in cities across India, including Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, and internationally in Algeria, Australia, Thailand, Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, Palestine, France, China, Singapore, Spain and the USA. His paintings can be found in various collections of museums, galleries and private collectors in India and internationally. His artworks have appeared in a number of reputed books, magazines and online blogs. Swami currently lives in his native city of Bikaner and practices out of a studio housed within a 300-year-old building.