Discovery and delight: how this art exhibition showcases creative talent from India and Indonesia

By Madanmohan Rao|28th Feb 2021
Krish Datta and Avik Bandyopadhyay founded MayinArt as a platform to promote art in Asia. Here are some highlights from their Singapore exhibition, and founder insights.
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Launched in 2014, PhotoSparks is a weekly feature from YourStory, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation. In the earlier 515 posts, we featured an art festival, cartoon gallery. world music festivaltelecom expomillets fair, climate change expo, wildlife conference, startup festival, Diwali rangoli, and jazz festival.

Curated by MayinArt, the exhibition Discover the Undiscovered is wrapping up in Singapore this week. It showcases contemporary Indian and Indonesian art, which share some common threads of warmth, sensitivity and energy.

With permission from MayinArt, PhotoSparks reproduces works by the following artists in this article: Humera Ali, Shan Re, Romicon Revola, Abhijit Paul, Soumya Kishor Chakraborty, At Sitompul, M ihsan, Agus Putu Suyadnya, I Made Sutarjaya, and Adha Widhayansyah.


MayinArt was founded by Krish Datta and Avik Bandyopadhyay as a platform to showcase Indian and Southeast Asian art. See also YourStory’s earlier photo essays on art festivals, museums and galleries in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Avik Bandyopadhyay was formerly an IT executive with Tech Mahindra, and switched tracks to pursue his love for art.

“It all started in the interiors of Indonesia. There we found talented artists, but with limited resources to market their work. We spotted an opportunity and launched MayinArt as a curated online platform for art, and then included Indian art,” Avik explains, in a chat with YourStory.

The Same Shadow  by At Sitompul

The Same Shadow by At Sitompul

“Currently, we have 140 artists with more than 2,000 artworks in our platform, with new artists being added every month. Buyers have approached us from across the US, the UK, Canada, Philippines, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Indonesia, India, and Singapore,” Avik proudly says.


The artworks are priced from a few hundred dollars up to around $3,000. Some of the artworks are on sale at The American Club in Singapore as part of the current exhibition.

MayinArt is based in Singapore, and Avik shuttles between Kolkata and Singapore. “Our team is mainly remote – working from all parts of Southeast Asia,” he adds.

“Indonesia, with over 270 million people and thousands of years of history, has been producing great art. There are cultural connections to India, such as artistic depictions of characters from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in Indonesian art,” Avik explains.

“Art creates positive energy, uplifts the space where it is displayed, and often becomes the highlight of your house,” he enthuses.

In Part II of this interview, Avik shares more of his personal “back story” and plans for his artistic journey ahead.


Now, what have you done today to pause in your busy schedule and find new avenues to explore your creative core?

Unspoken Feelings  by M ihsan

Unspoken Feelings by M ihsan

Reconstruction-II  by Soumya Kishor Chakraborty

Reconstruction-II by Soumya Kishor Chakraborty

04 Biosphere 13  by Romicon Revola

Biosphere 13 by Romicon Revola

Give-me-love-and-peace  by Agus Putu Suyadnya

Give-me-love-and-peace by Agus Putu Suyadnya

06 Exhibition - Discover the Undiscovered (1)

Exhibition - Discover the Undiscovered (1)

07 Be determinate, beat your dream!  by At Sitompul

Be determinate, beat your dream! by At Sitompul

dancing motion  by I Made Sutarjaya

dancing motion by I Made Sutarjaya

Selfie-4  by Abhijit Paul

Selfie-4 by Abhijit Paul

Trilokini 3  by Romicon Revola

Trilokini 3 by Romicon Revola

Ambition  by M ihsan

Ambition by M ihsan

Black Garden by  Soumya Kishor Chakraborty

Black Garden by Soumya Kishor Chakraborty

Dusky Shimmers  by Humera Ali

Dusky Shimmers by Humera Ali

Exhibition - Discover the 10 Undiscovered (2)

Exhibition - Discover the Undiscovered (2)

unveil  3  by Abhijit Paul

unveil 3 by Abhijit Paul

Rebuilding Lives - Tribute to Migrant Workers 7  by Shan Re

Rebuilding Lives - Tribute to Migrant Workers 7 by Shan Re

Exhibition - Discover the Undiscovered (3)

Exhibition - Discover the Undiscovered (3)

THE AUTUMN  by Adha Widhayansyah

THE AUTUMN by Adha Widhayansyah

Avik Bandyopadhyay

Avik Bandyopadhyay, MayinArt

20 Exhibition - Discover the Undiscovered (4)

Exhibition - Discover the Undiscovered (4)

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