Chetan Naveen Kapur (Chet Kapur)

Chetan Naveen Kapur (Chet Kapur) is an international artist, painter and photographer of English and Indian heritage.

Chetan always had a strong passion for drawing and painting ever since his childhood in India. He took an avid interest in art and drawing classes since elementary school and maintained his interest in this field. Chetan graduated from the Cathedral and John Connon School in Bombay, and thereafter attended and graduated with high honors (Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List) from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelors of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School of Business. Chet started effectively as a self-educated painter and photographer, but while at the University of Pennsylvania he had the opportunity to take several fine art classes that allowed him to delve into his passion for the arts. Chet worked several jobs while in university but always made time to draw, paint and take photographs outside of the more formal classroom environment. Subsequently, Chet attended art classes at the Art Students League of New York where he had the opportunity to practice his oil and acrylic painting techniques, and completed advanced photography workshops at the Nikon School. Chet had the privilege as part of his many charitable endeavours to teach drawing, painting and photography, and witnessed how this brought immense joy and hope into the life of others.

Chet Kapur’s focus on the painting front is primarily on impressionist, post-impressionist, abstract impressionist, abstract expressionist and cubist art. His paintings have a truly masterful use of tonality, texture and display an impressive ability to juxtapose and complement colors making his paintings extremely vibrant and inspiring. Chet’s journey to discover beauty has taken him around the globe, and inspired him to paint and photograph this beauty in a way that awakens and inspires the human spirit. Chet also believes that there is beauty to be found in some of the most simple or common things in life, and that beauty can be discovered within oneself to be drawn from memory, imagination and feeling. Kapur is of the view that the greatest beauty originates from and is discovered within a person’s spirit or soul. Kapur draws influence, inspiration and ideas from a variety of sources as he adventures in his search of beauty. Kapur’s art is influenced and inspired by several great modern masters including Renoir and Monet, by old masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt, as well as by several great painters and artists of asian and american origin. Yet Kapur has been able to give life to his own style and vision that inspires and displays beauty that is admirable.

Kapur has had a distinguished and interesting career prior to following his passion into the fine arts. He had been engaged in painting and photography for decades during and prior to his career in finance, and has in recent years decided to expose his artworks in a public forum and pursue his calling.

Kapur first job out of university was in investment banking where he worked for leading investment bank Salomon Smith Barney (that later merged to form Citigroup). Kapur was quickly promoted at Salomon due to his exceptional performance and diligence. Subsequent to that experience and during the technology and market crash of 2001-2002, Mr. Kapur built a leading alternative investment advisory practice that went on to run one of the top market neutral and multi-strategy hedge funds in the world (along with a robust comprehensive managed account program). Kapur built this business from the ground up, or more accurately from underground, with a bank loan at a time when banks weren’t lending. More impressive is the fact that he did it shortly after September 11, 2001, having left his job and lost his home on September 11. Mr. Kapur’s funds provided investors a decade of exceptional returns.

After a substantial period of prosperity for Kapur’s fund’s investors, and during the worst banking and economic crisis in US history, Mr. Kapur made the selfless and great accomplishment of having sacrificed all his and his company’s resources for the benefit of investors (which he had no obligation whatsoever to do). Kapur displayed immense fortitude and tenacity during this period, and tirelessly worked gratis for his investors for three years. Kapur maintains excellent relations with most of his former investors, many of whom have a passion for the arts. Chetan’s admirable intentions, honesty and integrity during these persevering times has only served to substantially raise the interest and demand for his beautiful paintings, photography and artwork.

Much of Chetan’s sketches, drawings, paintings and photography are en plein air due to his love for the outdoors and to more accurately capture the appearance of outdoor settings in various light and weather conditions. Chetan finds that working outdoors allows one to capture natural light, shade and color, and that to seize the true feel or impression of an outside setting at a specific moment one has to be outside to do so rather than just work on an outside setting in their studio. Chetan displays true mastery in his painting approach with his wonderful use of textures, tonality and colors, yet, he sometimes maintains a childlike quality in his artwork that masters often strive towards. Chetan’s photography besides for its aesthetic pleasure often strives to capture the essence or soul of the subject matter involved making it wonderfully inspirational. Chetan’s artwork, in keeping with his own spirit, is full of hope, light and love.

Chetan’s paintings and photography are part of several private collections around the globe, and continues to be exhibited in galleries and art fairs worldwide.