Artist Interview: Vikram Dayal

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
I restarted painting in 2009 with my first exhibition in 2010. I have been competing in art competitions from the age of six when I won a prize at Shankars International On-the-spot painting competition.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I usually work in oils because it is the medium of my inspirations – Dali, Picasso and Hussein

What is your creative process like?
Conversations trigger images in my head. For example my work “titanic glass of ice water” was the result of a conversation with my art meetup group.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
Nikolay Barton, the surrealist critic advised me to stick to surrealism and simplify the story.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Speed! I can complete a painting a day, need to slow down because it confuses the critics.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"Titanic Glass of Ice Water" by Vikram Dayal

“Titanic Glass of Ice Water” by Vikram Dayal

“titanic glass of ice water” is my latest work. My art group suggested doing a glass of ice water because it contains the hardest elements to paint. When I thought of ice and water, of course there must involve titanic. Surprisingly, it fits in perfectly with what I like to paint – “still life” with a surrealist touch. My uncle calls these works as “visual puns”. I like that description.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
This is my third event with Aromatic. I enjoy the volunteering the most because it gives me an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other artists. The energy at AOM is fantastic.

What is your website (or other method of contact):
My URL is, people can also contact me at

You can see more of Vikram’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the third floor, space 5-122.