Biography of artist Dal Bahadur Rai (DB Rai)


DB Rai, the son of Samsher Bahadur Rai and Ramrikhi Rai, born in 1976 in a remote valley – upper Arun valley, north-east Nepal, is an emerging artist in the field of Fine Art. He has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in 2004

He has great enthusiasm for fine art since his childhood; he used to draw anywhere possible spaces: home yard, house walls, and textbook covers. He completed a school level study from his village school. After completing his school level in the village, he moved to Kathmandu for higher education in…….. During school life, he was not aware of whether fine art was taught in the University courses. However, soon after he came to Kathmandu, he learned that Tribhuvan University teaches fine art and he got admitted to Lalit Kala Campus to study fine art.

As he is from a remote area, marginalized indigenous group, life for him was not easy in Kathmandu. However, he did hard work, sharpened his skill and knowledge, took part in several art competitions at local and national levels, and now has become a professional artist. Though he learned skills and knowledge from formal education, he honors nature as the real Guru. Charismatically, he is skilled in portraying wonderfully sketch of nature’s landscape on the canvas. He loves outdoor paintings, and he loves doing the water-color painting. In the field of fine art, he is very much impressed and influenced by the works of David Taylor, Joseph Zbukvic, Chien Chung Wei, and Praful Sawant.  Though his art has yet to gain fame and name amongst the public, he is a well-known artist amongst the art academia. He has successfully held a solo Art Exhibition in Siddhartha Art Gallery in 2004.

He is one of the founder members of the International Water Color Society that was established in 2016 for the promotion and development of Water Color Painting. Since its establishment, the Water Color Society organized the international Art Exhibition Program in several countries such as China, Indonesia, India, and the UAE where he actively participated as both an Executive Member and Artist. Besides this, he also participated in the following International Art Exhibitions held in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico, America, Turkey, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, France, Korea, and many other countries. Mr. Yamphu Rai has received several prestigious national and international awards and honors, some of them are:

1.      Special Award, in National Art Exhibition 2020, organized by Nepal Academy of Fine Arts

2.      Third, in Talent Hunting Artshala on line painting competition 2020, Bangladesh

3.      Second, in Open Art Competition 2019, organized by IWS India

4.      Top 10 Award, organized by International Water Color Society Nepal 2018

5.      Top 20 Award, in International Cultural Workshop, 2016

6.      Second, in Free Art Competition in National Art and Photo Exhibition and Competition, 2014

7.      Second in National Art Exhibition Organization by Nepal Kalakar Samaj.2005 BS

First   in Open Painting Completion, 2002 

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