The Soul of a Yogic Artist: Karmym!

Via on Jun 28, 2011

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.

Visionary Artist Karmym (Markus Meier)

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 well.”

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 for yourself!

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 http://visionaryartgallery.weebly.com/karmym.html , Or look him up on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karmymart

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About Katarina Silva

Katarina Silva is an artistic self-expressionist who thrives on the spontaneous thrill of creating photographic images in ten seconds, and inevitably employs witchcraft to do so. Her autobiographical art reflects her emotions and dreams, and is characterized by the mysterious absence of her complete face. She lives unafraid of darkness, wrapped in nature, in an obscure corner of the planet with her magical kitty. You may view her work at The Art of Katarina Silva. Or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter

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8 Responses to “The Soul of a Yogic Artist: Karmym!”

  1. Another wonderful article. Thanks, Katarina.

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  2. A very simple and essential philosophy that celebrates the core of creation in itself. The artist (the “genuine” in discussion here) lives not out of desperation. That’s an outdated paradigm that does not serve those who have the courage to create from a deep self-respecting, sacred inner world. The new artist lives with the commitment to create from this world, rather than dreaming of something better somewhere else. The days in which a culture would accept bad behavior in the name of someone being an “artist” are over. Reading this article, it’s pretty clear that this caliber of artist in discussion, is equally concerned with the composition of their entire life, aware that the art will be a natural expression of the life being lived. It is a magnificent responsibility, being an artist. Who among us can say that their work might possibly be cherished and protected in multi-million dollar structures called museums around the world til the end of time? History shows us that the artist has a major role in not just creating art, but creating thoughts that shape our existence and tell our story. To many of us artists, yoga and meditation hold the tools we truly need to walk this path responsibly and ought to be mandatory at art academies dedicated to training men and women who have been blessed with the opportunity to carry this torch.

    • I couldn't have said it better myself, Robert. I love the way you define the new artist as being committed to "the composition of their entire life", as an extension of their art, and as a responsibility to the story history will attach to our time. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. It is so satisfying to have one person understand the thrust of my article. Peace.

  3. yogiclarebear says:

    Really nice article Katarina, and beautiful artwork. I really love what Karmym said about the contemplative practices being connected to his artistic expression. When I practice meditation/contemplation, sometimes the streams of creativity are running almost to the point that I feel overwhelmed! I've learned that this is an OK thing, that positive streams of creativity are like insights from the inner Self, or as I like to consider, a slideshow from God. In one of his books, I remember Erich Schiffman suggesting to keep an inspiration notebook handy during meditative practices! I prefer to let inspiration come and if it should it will come back when appropriate.

    Anyways, I'm going on and on…the point is, I really appreciate your interview with Karmym and all of his beautiful quotes that spoke so deeply to his process.

    • Insights from the inner self indeed! I LOVE what you said about the "slideshow from God". Thank you so much for sharing Yogi! May you continue to feel overwhelmed by such inspiring streams of creativity. :-) I am happy you enjoyed and related to the process I attempted to describe in my interview with Karmym.

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