I am a self taught artist of Indian origin who has lived in the United States since 1975. My family is global; Australia, India, Sweden and the US. With all these cultural influences, my art represents my diversity and a personal cultural odyssey between the east and the west.

My father was in the Indian Navy, therefore our family moved frequently in India, that most diverse and ancient of cultures. This exposed us to multiple cultures and lifestyles while we were quite young. My three other siblings live in Australia, India and Sweden. Being a voracious reader, I exposed myself to the literature, art and mythology, not only of the east, but also of the west.

Who is Nitin Banwar?

Process and Inspiration


My graduate education was in medicine in India. I subsequently came to the US via Europe (Sweden) and completed my graduate training in the US in Orthopedic Surgery. In both Europe and the US, I worked as a freelance artist and in a gallery/frame shop in Atlanta, Georgia… as I awaited my green card. Those years were the most influential on my artistic career (I was the proverbial starving artist).

The profession of reconstructive orthopedic surgery is very objective. For me the visual arts have been its subjective counterbalance. My art has evolved in to a distinctive style fusing elements from my Indian heritage with influences from Eastern, Western and Tribal art. Now that I have retired, my time will be focused on my art.

Over the past few years, I have collaborated with A.J. Dungan (A Digital Colorist and Artist) in fusing elements of biologically influenced industrial design (hip and knee implants) digitally with my own art.

My other passions are books (that gentle madness), bicycling, skiing and flying. I am an avid instrument rated pilot (another objective/subjective balance). My studio is at my home in Canandaigua, NY, where I live with my family, an extensive library and an esoteric collection of art.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe