Vikram Madan grew up in India where he really wanted to be a cartoonist, but ended up an engineer. Many years later, he finally came to his senses and followed his heart into the visual and literary arts, creating work that can be humorous, quirky, fun, lighthearted, philosophical, thought-provoking and, sometimes, all of these at the same time. When not painting and making public art, Vikram writes and illustrates funny poems. His poetry books include the 2020 Best Book A HATFUL OF DRAGONS and the Moonbeam Book Award Winners THE BUBBLE COLLECTOR and LORD OF THE BUBBLES.
Artist Statement (for Visual Art):
My whimsical invented-narrative paintings are not about beginnings or endings, but rather the middle, the part where the journey is still unfolding, where the adventure is still taking place, where possibilities lie dormant, waiting for an observer, the viewer, to come use their imagination to collapse probabilities into reality (somewhat like Schrodinger's Cat)! Through my work I hope to remind viewers that art can be fun and, in doing so, rekindle some of our lost sense of innocence.
Too-Much-Information Artist Back-Story:
Vikram Madan was born and raised in India where, despite developing an early love for humor, poetry, art, and cartooning, he ended up becoming (surprise!) an engineer.
Arriving in the US for graduate studies, Vikram found himself contributing editorial cartoons to a daily newspaper, which work won him numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Washington Press Association and others, and led to inclusion in the prestigious 'Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year' annual collection.
Over the years, Vikram's poetry, cartoons and illustrations have appeared sporadically in various publications. In 2011, Vikram's short humorous film 'The Three Little Space Pigs' was a winner in the Seattle Times 3-Minute Movie contest and was screened at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival.
Vikram spent many years working in the Seattle-area hi-tech industry trying to ignore his callings - until one day he realized he was losing himself and really needed to make a leap of faith and trade in his keyboard for a paintbrush and a quill. Vikram quit his job, enrolled in some part time art classes, and eventually joined a full-time drawing and painting program at Seattle's Gage Academy of Art, honing his skills over the next two years. In 2014 Vikram completed the ArtistTrust EDGE Professional Development Program for Visual Artists and has been working as a full-time professional artist ever since. In 2016, Vikram received an Individual Artist Grant from 4Culture.
In 2013, Vikram published his first book, a self-illustrated collection of humorous poetry titled 'The Bubble Collector: Poems & Drawings by Vikram Madan', which is repeatedly compared to the work of Shel Silverstein, won a 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Poetry, was described by one blog as "The BEST Poetry book of 2013", and has been nominated, by invitation, for the 2014 Washington State Book Awards. Vikram's second poetry collection 'Lord of the Bubbles: And Other Funny Poems' was released in Nov. 2018 and won the 2019 Moonbeam Bronze Award for Children's Poetry. A third collection 'A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems' was released in 2020 by Boyds Mills & Kane and received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, has been selected for the Texas BlueBonnet Award Master List, and was featured on 6 different 2020 Best Book lists by Kirkus Reviews, New York Public Library, and others. An early-reader series authored by Vikram, titled BOBO & PUP-PUP will be released by Penguin Random-House in 2021. A beginning-reader graphic novel OWL & PENGUIN will be released by Holiday House in 2022.
Vikram currently displays his contemporary whimsical art in local shows and galleries all around the Seattle area and enjoys sharing his love for humor, poetry and drawing with kids of all ages by conducting in-person and Skype school visits. He has several Art Books now available from Amazon.Com. He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is represented by Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio.
At the end of it all, Vikram hopes to create visual and literary art that explores the human condition without taking itself too seriously, that invites audiences to rekindle a lost sense of innocence, and that helps make the world a better place one shared moment of levity at a time.
* 2014: Read a profile of Vikram's journey here in this 2014 front-page article in the Redmond Reporter.
*2017: Listen to a radio interview on ArtBeat NW from 2017
* 2017: Watch a TV interview on Kent TV from 2017
*2019: Cover feature in Seattle's Real Change weekly paper
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