Interview with Tamanna Sagar – Artist in Indonesia

Tamanna Sagar - Artist - Indonesia Tamanna Sagar is originally from New Delhi, India. She is based in Indonesia with her husband and her kids. She is a daughter of an army Colonel and her mother is an established artist in India. She is a self taught artist, whose art represents human emotions and spiritual boundaries, through semi abstract and abstract styles of painting.

You can connect with Tamanna on Facebook or you can visit her website to find out more about her and to purchase her artwork.


View Tamanna Sagar’s portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.


ExtraImaginary: Could you tell us about yourself and your art?

Tamanna Sagar: I am an Indian artist living in Indonesia with my husband and 2 kids. I have my ‘Divine Strokes Studio’ in my home, where I spend my days painting. About my art, I can just say that I rely heavily on my imagination, my dreams, daydreams and a strong sense of colours. I have enjoyed painting realistic landscapes and portraits, but I surely bend more towards abstracts and semi abstracts, to express myself as an artist!


ExtraImaginary: When did you first see yourself as an artist?

Tamanna Sagar: If I look back, I don’t think I ever really called myself an artist – although I picked up the 2b and the paint brushes pretty early in life. My mother is an excellent artist, and under her influence, took it up as a hobby, which eventually turned into a full fledged career. Now as I see myself mostly covered in paints, I guess I must call myself an artist now.


ExtraImaginary: What media do you use for your artwork?

Tamanna Sagar: I am a total ‘oil paints’ addict! I religiously think it’s the best medium – especially for the type of work I do. Nothing compares to it’s richness and longevity quality!


ExtraImaginary: Tell us about the process of creating art – from the moment inspiration hits you until the completion of the piece?

Tamanna Sagar: Well, thoughts … ideas … inspirations are a continuous process for me. At times, I have so many ideas that I want to bring up on the canvas – that I am not able to sleep . And when I do all those colour combos … ideas just keep taking shape in form of pleasant and sometimes nightmarish dreams! So when I start the painting, I put the bits and pieces of my dreams and daydreams on my canvas … trying to compose them more sensibly and technically. There is never the same process for the next painting because I have never really followed any rules … maybe because I never received any formal training ever. I have to be my own master and I learn from each of my painting … I try different textures … my favourite is using thick oil paint without turpentine … directly on the canvas … a technique you will see in many of my paintings. I love giving intense colours … especially the colours of fire/sun.


ExtraImaginary: Your art seems to have a lot religious/spiritual/mystical themes. Could you tell us about your art, what inspires you, what people can take from your art?

Tamanna Sagar: I would say again, I depend a lot on my overactive imagination and also a spiritual nature (although I have never been traditionally religious). Symbols like open doors … windows … stairways … naked trees … anyhting that shows a ‘beyond’ … fascinates me no end. It might be the pull of the mysterious … the unreachable … the other side … I don’t know what it is! Be it spiritual or mystical inspiration … at the end of the day, it simply gives me a lot of happiness if I am able to achieve the ethereal effect in my paintings. And there is nothing more satisfying if I am able to transfer that peaceful energy to the viewer of my painting which by far, I am able to!


ExtraImaginary: Who are your favourite artists and who inspires you ?

Tamanna Sagar: Since I never attended any college of art, I never had a chance to study the theory of fine art … or history of Art in detail. But I have tried to study and understand, as much as possible, the methods and the thinkings of the old and new masters like dali, munnings, van gogh. I saw their extraordinary paintings in Louvre and in other national museums in Europe and each one seemed simply divine! Each of these painters were “true masters” indeed … and one does feel rather humbled when we see what they achieved in life! How can I be inspired by just a few? Each artist is an inspiration, really!


ExtraImaginary: How do you overcome creative blocks?

Tamanna Sagar: I don’t totally understand what a creative block means! If it means having a blank mind … or lack of inspiration, then I can say that I have yet not experienced it! My mind is so full of ideas and concepts, that if I had 2 right hands, I would have painted 2 paintings at a time … hehe …


ExtraImaginary: What are your goals with respect to your art?

Tamanna Sagar: Art does not have any boundaries! I don’t think that an artist can be confined by a goal because being an artist is a lifetime job! For me, my paintings are a medium to express my inner feelings and every time I am able to bring out that energy and that feeling vividly on my canvas, I get immense satisfaction. If this “inner satisfaction” can be called a goal – yes, this is definitely “it”!


ExtraImaginary: Thanks Tamanna. You truly are ExtraImaginary!


Tags: , , , , ,

Affiliate Link

  • sielvy megawaty

    she is no doubt the most genuine and excellent artist.
    she has depth in each and every piece of her art..so beautiful, so natural, so meaningful.

  • honor

    a wonderful interview, really can feel ur honesty and ur focus on ur talent thru ur words…:-) really awesome..
    wishing u the best always..

  • Hemant Soni

    very very very very beautiful my sweet didi , congratulations n wish you brightest n colourful, successful future ….. my didi is the Best !!!!!!!!

  • Hemant Soni

    Love you my best sis !!!!!

  • Yasminder Verdi

    Lovely and an honest interview. Wonderful to know that your passion for art started at a young age and that your imagination and ‘daydreamming’ has produced such wonderful results. There is so much beauty and depth to the paintings and they are simply stunning. I love the colors and the richness. You have shared and given us all such wonderful work and on that I would like to leave you with a quote:
    ‘Every artist dips his brush in his soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.’ ~ Henry Ward Beecher.
    I believe your have painted from your soul and really shared lots of beauty with us all. Thank you!

  • I love reading the explanation of symbolism in your beautiful ethereal paintings!

  • Udai Bhanu Pande

    A nice interview. So many thoughts, so many ideas…….
    It’s a treasure
    that will always continue to grow
    and to the world, it will be giving unending pleasure.
    My best wishes…..

  • enjyed that! Got to know you better. Proud to be friends!! Good work. cedric

  • I am not a artist but would like to suggest .Please try some different color combination. people there are always connected to red and orange, so it acts as a bounding to you. and i think” it” will be a nice change if you try it with other colour it will open up your imagination and how you connect with “it”.
    for example miniature paintings of Radha and Krishna painted in Udaipur region uses Blueshade, green shade ,yellow shade if you paint it in red and orange tint it will be a different picture.
    Sorry if i hurt you.
    kind regards
    shailendra
    http://www.miniatureclub.com
    http://www.thewa.co.in
    http://www.zariyasolar.com

  • Glad to see that this site works well on my Blackberry Bold, everything I want to do is functional. Thanks for keeping it up to date with the latest.

  • The artists hold faith upon the process of communication through the art. And hence the act of looking at the paintings of artists like Picasso, Goya, Frida Kahlo, and Van Gogh is not less than studying in an arts institution. These are the artists who belonged to a class who had painted taking the themes based on their emotions and the culture present in their surround. Above all the call of spirituality they felt in their hearts. The artist in Tamanna Sagar, too, seems following that noble tradition. And for seeing that nobleness in a colourful action, a close look at her painting would be sufficient.

  • niiiiiiiiice work…which places did you exhibited your work?and when in Africa?

  • Congratulations Tamanna!
    Your positive attitude, kindness and vibrance shows in your paintings and spills out to all of us to love to watch you grow as an artist, which you truly are, an artist. We wish you only the best and look forward to seeing what you create next.

  • Indu

    Great interview Tamanna!
    Spoken right from the heart…Dil Se…
    You have added yet another feather in your cap. I wish you all the very best in your career and life…ALWAYS

  • Hi Tams,
    I know I’ve said this before but your paintings touch my heart and my senses. They are amazing! And its even more amazing that you are self-taught. You are an amazing artist! I’d love to someday request you to paint some pictures for my home. Wish I could’ve made it to Indonesia when I was in Oz! If you come here, I’ll invite all my friends to view your paintings, is that bribe enough to get you to come visit me :)? Keep on painting and posting these on FB.

  • Thanks for publishing about this. There’s a mass of solid tech info on the internet. You’ve got a lot of that info here on your web site. I’m impressed – I try to keep a couple blogs fairly ongoing, but it’s a struggle sometimes. You’ve done a solid job with this one. How do you do it?

  • I want to thank the blogger very much not only for this post but also for his all previous efforts. I found extraimaginary.com to be extremely interesting. I will be coming back to extraimaginary.com for more information.

  • Kavita Poras

    Tamanna I can well relate to all you have expressed here and to your painting like I do to my own and that says a lot !!!
    And apart from the artististic aspect , I admire your very humane, loving and helpful nature, you have Devine strokes indeed !

  • Amy

    The artists hold faith upon the process of communication through the art. And hence the act of looking at the paintings of artists like Picasso, Goya, Frida Kahlo, and Van Gogh is not less than studying in an arts institution. These are the artists who belonged to a class who had painted taking the themes based on their emotions and the culture present in their surround. Above all the call of spirituality they felt in their hearts. The artist in Tamanna Sagar, too, seems following that noble tradition. And for seeing that nobleness in a colourful action, a close look at her painting would be sufficient.

  • niiiiiiiiice work…which places did you exhibited your work?and when in Africa?

  • Hi Tams,
    I know I’ve said this before but your paintings touch my heart and my senses. They are amazing! And its even more amazing that you are self-taught. You are an amazing artist! I’d love to someday request you to paint some pictures for my home. Wish I could’ve made it to Indonesia when I was in Oz! If you come here, I’ll invite all my friends to view your paintings, is that bribe enough to get you to come visit me :)? Keep on painting and posting these on FB.

  • Ashish

    You are painting's and its thought Supra b. Keep it up.