Jivya Soma Mashe is an artist of the Maharashtra state in India, who popularised the Warli tribal art form. In the 1970s the Warli Painting, which was a predominantly ritual art till that time, took a radical turn, when Jivya Mashe started to paint not for any special ritual, but on an everyday basis. His talent was soon noticed, first nationally (it was rewarded straight from the hand of India’s senior political figures such as Gandhi) then internationally (Magiciens de la terre, Centre Pompidou), bringing unprecedented recognition, which prompted many other young men to follow suit.
Images source: Arts of The Earth Gallery
from The Giant Golden Book of Biology, 1961. Illustrated by Charley Harper