Kartikey Sharma, a Pune-based artist, is on a mission to paint 100 murals to beautify the walls of Pune. As a part of his #PaintPune project, Sharma has painted eight walls till now and is gathering resources to paint the rest.
A cancer survivor, Sharma began painting regularly when he was diagnosed with a tumour in 2009.
Sharma told HT,
“Art has been like a friend who won’t judge me, I can be as expressive as possible and I can always let anything out in the form of paintings. Art has helped me calm down, deal with pain and frustration, it is like meditation. It makes me introspect and as they say the answers we are searching for are within us, I discovered that through art.”
His batchmates and juniors in college painted and put up their works for auction to help with Sharma’s treatment. The #PaintPune project is his way to give back to the community.