Sachin Tekade and the art of minimalism

Image of Sachin Tekade courtesy Sachin Tekade

I first stumbled across Sachin Tekade’s (B. 1980) on instagram. Even through a screen the calming effect of his pure white works could be felt. I later reached out to the artist and Anupa Mehta, who deals in Tekade’s works, and was introduced to his use of striking red on pristine white. These works demonstrated a sense of urgency and chaos against a background of peacefulness, all the while maintaining the minimalism that characterises his practice. Sachin Tekade’s calm, but serious personality makes him the ultimate personification of his practice.

Q1. Tell us a little about your foray into the world of art?

I have had quite a few interesting occasions as a student where I got to see people working in kite paper and doing some assignments. That’s how my interest in paper developed. For degree, I went to Baroda Faculty of Fine Arts to study sculpture but somehow ended up with Applied Arts. Eventually, I circled back to art and started exploring paper as a medium.

Q2. If not an Artist what would you have been?

Nothing. I can only be an artist I think. Early in my career, even before becoming an artist I tried graphic design and other such vocations, but nothing really satisfied my curiosity. I somehow feel comfort in doing art. I don’t think I’ll ever be anything else.

Q3. What medium do you most associate with your practice?

Paper. This is the only medium I have been exploring ever since I started my art practice. There are endless dimensions and textures yet to be discovered I feel.

Q4. Is white your favourite colour, given its prevalence in your practice?

Initially I did an Art Teacher Diploma (ATD) at Akola and did an assignment on paper which was white. The teacher at the time selected that work and I felt happy. I really like the play on light and shadow that happens with the colour white, since then I have been using it. Once I got a better understanding of art, I continued to use white because I found that white has a purity and beauty that I am attracted to the most.

Red is also pure. That’s why sometimes in a few works I use red also.

Decay 1, 2016, 9x9inches, white paper. (The series is comprised of 6 pieces of paper). Image courtesy Sachin Tekade


Q5. What are some milestones in your career?

I got a break in 2009 with a gallery and that’s when I felt that I could do this. In Baroda I did Applied Arts and after that I did a few jobs but I never got satisfaction in any of them. My mind was set on art. I approached a few galleries and didn’t get any response, but finally when a gallery responded and I got that break I realised I could do this and that’s when my journey started properly. After that I never did a job anywhere else, I just practiced my art. 

Q6. How did you meet Anupa (of Anupa Mehta Arts and Advisory)? 

A friend gave me her email. She decided to keep some works and then all of them sold out. That was such a shocking time for me. Then she asked me if I would do a solo show, which I then did with her at 2012. Since then I have been working exclusively with her. 

Q7. Favourite work created by you?

My set of works from Absence (titles. Absence 13 & 14). These are possibly the biggest works I have done in paper. Around 2 feet x 9 feet.

Absence 13, image courtesy Sachin Tekade
Absence 14, image courtesy Sachin Tekade

Q8. Favourite artwork of all time?

I am quite inspired by works of V. S. Gaitonde. Especially, his series of warm and cool untitled works which express “Panchamahabhuta – the five elements (fire, earth, water, air & space)”. These works seem very spiritual to me. I can relate to these feelings and the journey. 


Q9. What is one word that you would use to describe your practice?



Contact Anupa Mehta at for more information about Sachin Tekade’s works.


[Note: parts of this interview have been translated from Hindi into English by the interviewer.]



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