Amar Chitrakar, Nepali artist

One of the most well known artists in the history of Nepal, Amar Chitrakar was born in 1920 and died in 1999. Amar’s family, the Chitrakars family, was a part of the only painting based art clan in Nepal.

Amar grew up in Kel Tole near Indra Chowk. In his early days, he helped his father in their family retail business. He worked as a shopkeeper for many years.

After noting noting Amar Chitrakar’s interest in painting, his father encourage him to follow his interest. He was happy Amar’s interest to follow the family tradition. He didn’t go to art school but decided to learn painting from an artist, Tej Bahadur Pun. Pun was well known for his artistic skills at his time and he also used to design coins and paper currency.

Amar Chitrakar worked in oil and water color and he also made stone sculpture. He also took photography during his years with writer and artist Bal Krishna Sama. Some of the most popular paintings of Amar Chitrakar include the paintings of the Kings, Quuens and Rana prime ministers.

A 1958 stamp of “Air / Inauguration of Nepalese Airmail Service” by Amar Chitrakar (Left) and a 1959 stamp of “Opening of first Nepalese Parliament” by Amar Chitrakar (Right)

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