The Soul of a Yogic Artist: Karmym!
Works of art are often like maps to the consciousness of the artist who
created them. They are like open passages into an artist's visions,
invitations into their emotions, peeks into their dreams. Into a single
painting, or photograph, or sculpture, or song, or dance, an artist
breathes their very being.
It is perhaps this interconnectedness of life with art that decorates the
core of what makes a true artist. The two become inseparable, and the
artist is left feeling as if their very existence is synonymous with the
making of their art. One cannot exist without the other. To the artistic
personality, making art then becomes as vital as breathing, and it often
occurs just as automatically.
After dawn, biking through quiet, country roads in Zurich we find my Swiss
friend Karmym (Markus Meier); a painter and yogi whose long bicycle rides,
automatically fill him with artistic inspiration. As he pedals his way to
work, (surely making the planet smile), visions of new paintings appear
before him, as effortlessly as inhaling and exhaling.
This marriage of breath with artistic expression inevitably shapes the life
of a genuine artist. An artist breathes in their own perceptions and
experiences of the world, twirls them in the gestation of their very being,
and then breathes them out as art. It is a rather sensual, organic process.
"The creation process of an art piece is like a birth, you need lot of
patience but it is a fantastic metamorphosis."
Inject awareness into this process and you have a lifestyle that recognizes
the dynamic relationship between ourselves, and everything surrounding us.
Some might call this yoga.
"My yoga practice is indivisible from my artistic work. I feature actual
yoga asanas in nearly half my paintings. But I try to integrate the yoga
spirit into all my art. Yoga is experiencing the unity of body, mind and
spirit. It is a way of living."
Karmym wove yoga and meditation into his life as early as his childhood,
picking up a book he found in his family home. His sensitive nature drew
him into a contemplative life, and practicing being fully present. Later,
Karmym found that his ability to embrace the now served his creative
process changing the relationship he had with his own artwork. The judging
vanished. The impatience evaporated. Deadlines became inconsequential.
Meditation had brought him deeper into his self: the source of his
creations. Suddenly the results proved more satisfying.
"The artistic and the contemplative work support each other. I see life
itself as a work of art; every moment is an inspiration! My inner travels
facilitate the observation and processing of life. They are part of the
artistic process that challenges and satisfies me. This is the part of any
work of art that makes it unique."
There is a distinct peace that overcomes any artist when they are
satisfied with one of their creations. Karmym connects this sense of peace
to an ability to offer oneself uninhibitedly from one's core. To create
from the core, one needs to first access one's core. Karmym engages his
meditative practice of being a calm witness to his mind and emotions as a
means to connect with his core. He values being attentive to his own being
as what cultivates this sense of peace. It is a peace he wishes to extend
unto others through his art.
"I make the meditation process one of the main themes in my paintings
because I hope to encourage my audiences to find peace by coming to know
their own self better. Peace is transforming sadness to joy. When we learn
to be at peace with ourselves we can live in peace with our neighbors as
Karmym spent years traveling from Cuba to Egypt, South Africa to India,
exploring people's sense of peace around the world. His artistic vision
came to paint humanity together into a single unit, noticing those things
that connected us all, instead of those which divided us. He brings the
peace teachings of many people and cultures back to his canvasses, making
his visionary paintings vibrant reflections of his own life's explorations:
both inner and outer. And no journey is ever a stagnant one!
"Painting is a lot like travelling: you have your style how you like to
travel, how you see things, how you enjoy the day. Then you learn something
new and your style of travelling changes."
An artist's work will certainly reflect where they have been and what has
touched them along the way. In Karmym's art we see the influence of eastern
philosophy and the use of its sacred geometry. "These are basic geometric
blueprints we can find in nature, on or in our bodies and were often used
as symbols in earlier cultures." Influences, he tells me, that connect him
with the potential of his own consciousness: a joyful state beyond boredom
and rich with imagination. It's a state that breathes peace. Karmym's art
thus aims to create a place in which we are all harmoniously connected.
"I don't practice a religion but I came to the conclusion that everything
and everybody is interconnected within a world or even universal soul."
Perhaps what stands out the most in Karmym's art is his wild usage of
colors. For this he draws heavily from the seven energy centers, or
chakras, in our bodies. He engages chakra colors and their combinations
with a conscious effort to uplift the mood of those who view his paintings:
"In our cultures and personal perception every color has a psychological
effect. I try to use the colors to make a story in the static image and I
to bring motion into the picture." The original result is one you can judge
I see excitement in Karmym's work. His art is festive and alive to me. I
experience it as a celebration of life and love. Although the love Karmym
splashes onto his artwork is an expansive universal love, it reflects his
own personal experience of love within his marriage and with his children.
His generous hearted wife and two sons have colored his canvasses with
their own support of his work.
Through his family, Karmym tells me he has discovered a deeper part of
unconditional love than he ever imagined. His art is often the return of
this love, and the messages he infuses into his art are ones he leaves not
only his children but also all other souls on the planet.
"I hope to communicate that there is an intangible prosperity inside of
everyone, we just have to dig it up. There is so much energy in us when we
allow it to flow, when we do something healthy that fits to us: to be happy
with that what is present, and be able to mine our inner treasury."
Karmym's inner treasury definitely shines through in his beautiful artwork.
A testament to the fact that the mixture of yoga with art is a delicious
one indeed! And as Karmym says, may his images "help to open the viewer's
inner eyes for a greater view of reality."
You may view more of Karmym's artwork at[link]
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