Binod’s family had a house close to Basantapur in old Kathmandu; as a child he was always in and out of the bahals and narrow alleys of the old city. Born in 1973, he spent his childhood at play surrounded by the historic temples, the unique heritage, the atmosphere of the old city and even Freak Street, as it was then the main centre of tourism. Probably it was this life ‘close to history’ that began his life’s passion. His father was an office worker and no one in the family was connected to the world of artisans. In 1991 he began a diploma at the Lalitkala Campus – in those days it was the only established college for art students, unlike today, where a wide choice is on offer.
To begin with he painted landscapes, but his true vocation moved him to dwell more on the heritage of the valley, the nature and later the mountains. He has long been very concerned about the loss of the amazing heritage of the valley and its temples, but even more so the historic heart of his city. It saddens him a great deal that so much is being lost and it is due to this that much of his work is inspired by preserving this heritage through his paintings. Over his life he has noted the loss of nature, trees, snow on the peaks and the degradation of the environment.
Binod generally paints with acrylics and natural colours, but he used to do landscapes in water colours. Much of his work attempts to capture nature, but some of his work is abstract. He likes to experiment as he paints, and he uses appropriate mediums to allow his artistic flare and moods to shine through –even if this means repainting or modifying the image. One feels he actually enjoys this experimenting with his mediums, the visual impacts of heritage, nature and the abstract – all which lend themselves to constant change and flowing flashes of inspiration.
He spends some of his time teaching young students and through many exhibitions and art forums, he has helped many. He visited Bhutan to see how the environment there is used compared to Nepal, and he has also traveled to France to see artists in a similar field of environment.
His work can be seen on Facebook (www.facebook.com/artistBinodPradhanNepal). He is a co-founder of Kasthamandap Artists Group and E-Arts Nepal (www.eartsnepal.com) and recently he also founded Kalamandap Arts.