Gopal Swami ‘Khetanchi’ born in 1968 in Rajasthan, graduated in Fine Art from the University of Rajasthan at Jaipur. He worked as an assistant art director for feature films with Mazoor-ul-Haq in Mumbai, then as an illustrator for a fortnightly magazine before turning to his passion as a fulltime painter. The culturally vibrant surroundings of north Rajasthan, and his exposure to Rajput artistic traditions has impacted Khetanchi’s colourful art, which has journeyed through various phases and styles, including realism, surrealism, portraiture, architectural monuments and abstraction, in a fine assimilation of tradition and modernity. More recently he has moved away from pure figuration into somewhat conceptual renderings, experimenting with a different palette and imaging. With several solo and group exhibitions to his credit at New Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai, as well as in London, Dubai and Singapore, amongst others, his works are held in various private and corporate collections in India and abroad. The artist lives in Jaipur and works from his studio in the city.