Vaibhav was born & brought up in Agra, the city of Taj, famous for the elaborate “Pietra-dura” work of the local artisans who received their first recognition from the Mughals. Agra is a place where this skill in inlay-art and stone carving is traditionally observed, nurtured and brought to the forefront. Although he declines from calling himself an artisan, Vaibhav tends to focus his energies on carving the simplicities of life we experience day in and day out.
As a child, Vaibhav used to visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort holding his dad’s finger and was simply awestruck with the amazing art he saw on those gigantic walls, carved to perfection.
The intricate designs & perfection mesmerized him. He still dwells upon those fond memories of childhood when his mind revolved around these carvings and how he yearned to recreate them. But education came first and the pursuit of academic excellence made him set aside his artistic interests for some time. However once in a chemistry class, he learnt a fact that both marble and chalks were made up of calcium carbonate, and he thought to himself, if that calcium carbonate could be carved, why not chalk? He hated the squeaking sound which the chalk made on the board so he thought to give the chalk some innovative shapes. As time elapsed, however, carving never became a priority.
When he was in 12th grade, he needed something to replenish his bored, studious monotonous life. It was just a dreary sleepless night, he was lying on his bed; he saw a chalk and thought of trying his hands on it. He simply picked up a metal wire and started working on that chalk with no intention of carving out a classic. He carved out a heart on the chalk and thought it was too good to keep it to himself so he thought of sharing it with his friends. Social media seemed the best possible way to him to share his art, so he posted a picture of his first carving on Facebook. The appreciation received from his friends, relatives and acquaintances motivated him to take a step further. He began using syringes, cutters and sharp objects which worked as his improvised tool set. From that sleepless night to this day, not much has changed. But now, his carving has become a full-fledged hobby from merely a wild experiment and complexity of his art has also increased. Vaibhav began by carving hearts on chalk and after a lot of hard work and failures he has now created his collection of cups and saucers, huts, entangled hearts, hanging hearts, tools like knife and hammer carved on pencils and chalks. He has also converted pencils into eye catching key rings. He used to randomly post pictures of his work on Facebook which were applauded by one and all, so he made his own facebook page ‘Carving An Art :: Vaibhav Agarwal’ for others to appreciate his work and motivate him.
So far, Vaibhav has received a great response from every one and his friends have coined a new name ‘Pachikaar’ for him, while some call him ‘Mr. Artist. He hopes the acknowledgement of his work is just the dawn of a new journey of his life, while he still has long leaps to make. His skills are yet in a cocoon and are earnestly longing for exposure.