Sirju Mohan art exhibit

Artist Sirju Mohan at work.

Trinidadian Sirju Seeharack Mohan is host a solo art exhibit at the Doreen Gauthier Library, 2200 NE 38th St., in Lighthouse Point, Florida during the month of May.

Mohan now resides in Pompano Beach, Florida. Lamar Fisher, mayor of Pompano Beach; Charlotte Burrie, Pompano City Commissioner; Dr. Anil Ramnanan, Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago; and Kamal Abdool, president of Trinidad and Tobago Diaspora attended the opening reception on Thursday, May 5.

Approximately 60 works from various media, including: oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, calligraphy and sculpture are on display. Several examples of portraiture are included. All works will be available for purchase.

The average size of his work is 16 inches by 29 inches and pieces as large as 2 feet by 3 feet are on display. He favors a mixed color palette, with an open and free style to create realistic images of the human form, land and seascapes and still lifes.

Mohan’s art reflects his international travel experiences. He combines the unique, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural mix of Trinidad and Tobago with the artistic expressions of Africa, India, The Middle East, Latin America, Europe and the West Indies. He is currently concentrating on abstract art, noting that, “There is a huge market for the abstract art here in the U.S.”

Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, West Indies, Mohan attended St. John’s EC School, a primary education institution where he demonstrated superior skills in penmanship and drawing. He later graduated from the San Fernando Technical Institute. He furthered his studies at the University of the West Indies and the University of London. He also mastered calligraphy through study in Milan, Italy.

Most recently, Mohan received honors from the Stratford Career Institute for his extensive use of all media in art, and he earned a certificate in calligraphy and stone sculpture through the Boca Raton community schools. His favorite medium is oil paint.

As a member of the Southern Art Society, Mohan has participated in four art exhibitions, most notably at the Trinidad National Museum. He cites his father as his primary influence and Ralph Baney as his mentor and former education art officer of Trinidad and Tobago. Both encouraged him in his lifelong love for art.

Professionally, he made his livelihood as a shoe designer for Bata Shoe Company. When the company closed their Trinidad facility in 1988, Mohan emigrated from his native country to Florida.

As part of his portraiture genre, Mohan has recently completed portraits of President Obama and the new President of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar. He has also recently completed a painting of the Fath Al Razack ship, which marks the 165th Indian arrival day in Trinidad. These new works were presented at ceremonies held in Florida.

At the conclusion of the exhibit in Lighthouse Point, Florida, Mohan plans to take the show to New York and Washington, D.C.

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