Note: The article was published in the Times of India and the picture in Raj Bhavan Goa website. They are published here courtesy of both
Hon'ble Governor Mr. Bharat Vir Wanchoo at the Opening of the Dom Martin Art Gallery and the Exhibition of Paintings on March 08, 2014.
About Dom Martin
Dom Martin is a renowned artist whose paintings adorn the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, a poet who has penned gut-wrenching poetry, and a visionary who has created prophetic images. His books include Co-Existence: Humanity's Wailing Wall (2006), Genocide: The New Order of Imperialism (2008) and his latest, a volume of poetry, NAKBLINKA: The Cleansing of Co-Existence. It deals with the brutal attack on Gaza by Israel and is a step beyond other books on the subject.
Some opinions on him:
Mairead McGuire, Nobel Peace Laureate,1976: The poetry of Dom Martin cries out for an end to the infliction of cruelty and death upon the oppressed peoples of the world…… his metaphors call us to a deeper awareness, as Beings, of the tragedy and suffering that is the result of our unwillingness to coexist peacefully with one another. His truth-telling and honesty herald new hope of peaceful coexistence for all inhabitants of our undivided planet.
Dr. Luis Gaspar da Silva, Poet, Statesman: His seriousness is undoubtedly, one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- ethos of his art. The man lives and reacts through what is true, or to whatever appears to him to be true, and what he executes is his truth. Hence, the intense reality of an expression of art which it appears to me is not very common ….Dom Martin has a special technique of expressing whatever lies deepest in the human soul, and what is more important, of the terrible and eternal problem of our presence as human beings in this vale of tears.
Dr. James J. Zogby, President, Arab American Institute: I am struck by (his) words and illustrations. I appreciate (his) focus on the human element, beyond the game of finger-pointing and blame that so often takes precedent.