TIRUCHY: Channelling his grief over his mother’s death, father’s paralysis and an illness that left him bedridden for about a month, and anger at relatives for humiliating him, this 30-year-old from Mayiladuthurai decided to try his hand at a unique art – sunlight wood burning.
Now he has gotten so good at it that his artwork on Tesla’s logo was showcased by the company on its social media handle, bringing him appreciation from across the world.
A diploma holder in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, R Vignesh alias Vicky was always fascinated with Tesla.
He made a video of creating the logo by sunlight wood burning – a technique where the surface of the wood is burnt using magnifying glass to focus sunlight – and posted it on his Instagram page on May 3.
Soon enough, he was contacted by Tesla, expressing their willingness to post it on their Insta page.
“It was really a recognition of my art. Since then, I was known globally and many employees from the firm made very positive comments. What else does an artist need,” an excited Vignesh told DT Next.
It felt extra special after having to deal with a series of setbacks. After his mother’s death, Vignesh stayed with his father, a tailor, who was bedridden due to paralysis.
His sister went away after marriage and brother moved out after getting a job as a driver, pushing Vignesh into loneliness and negativity.
That was when he discovered Michael Papdakis, the world-famous sunlight woodburn artist, which sparked the artist in him.
Over the years, he has ‘painted’ portraits of leaders like Periyar and M Karunanidhi, actors and performers, Darasuram temple and nature.
Apart from sunlight wood burning, Vignesh has also been doing 3D realistic drawing, oil painting, charcoal drawing and miniature art, which he sells through the non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace regulary.
However, even as he is basking in adulation from around the world now, Vignesh still has an unrequited dream.
“I was inspired by watching videos of Michael Papdakis. I sent a few of my works for his assessment and am still waiting to hear from him. He is my inspiration and I hope to get noticed by him after Tesla praised my art,” he said.