A child who had trouble reading or writing properly and struggled with numbers found his solace in art. It was his mom who first discovered his dyslexia while he kept struggling in school with other kids, but she also saw his suppressed creativity which kept springing up at different occasions dealing while with creative expression. As the years of struggle passed, art helped Uday rediscover his way of expressing his confusions, his emotions and his joys.
They say, there are hidden gifts in one’s struggles of life. What might seem like a learning difficulty brought with it a remarkable creative ability. To say that it was just a gift would be undermining the sheer love, dedication, and years of hard work that went into refining his craft.
Back in the day when people didn’t even know much about digital art, Uday gave birth to his alter ego, ‘DesiPun’. A quirky little Sardar boy who internalised simple happy moments of life and added a visual expression. You could see ‘desi puns’ being widely shared on social media way before social media was household craze. And did desi people ever see cartoons they could relate to? Desipun was special, simply because a school boy with a ‘patka’ could relate to it.
As much as Uday's art gave representation to the community, it also shared the desi humours of the punjabi life.
Inspite of having a comfortable life, Uday would take up freelance art projects to make his living. From selling his merchandise at ‘Comic-Con’ to designing shoes for celebs, from designing business cards for the likes of 'Jasleen Royal' to painting walls for cafes and restaurants, Uday left a little bit of his heart into every project he picked, and infused his soul into every design he created.
His Pun world really connected through, from Shahrukh khan tweeting his ;Vinci di Kaur' to media houses covering his stories while he was still in his early 20s, desi puns have travelled far and beyond.
Uday left for his Masters in Design from National Institute of Design, India in 2014 where he majored in 'New Media' design. There he rediscovered his love for storytelling and became a part of the team that curated new-age museums like Virasat-E-Khalsa.
Over the years, having worked with several companies and foundations, designing for commoners and celebrities alike, contributing his art to movements and causes, both Uday and his art have come of age.
The pandemic brought with it a lot of self-realisations and time for introspection. It is at this time when Uday explored his own spiritual side, his culture, his faith and contributed to people’s lives through his art.
Recently as he moved back to his hometown and saw his people & farmers fighting for their rights, he dipped himself as part of their struggle using his Art to spread their message globally.
His art spoke volumes and showcased the struggle of world’s largest farmers' protest happening in the history of mankind.
Uday’s art style have evolved with him, he firmly believes that in the end nothing but meaningful art shall live forever.Art for Uday is soul work, it's where he feels the most connected with the world here and the one beyond.
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'He wants to experience everything there is to experience, and live everything there is to life'