PANAJI: Immensely talented Goan artist Vitesh Naik has been bestowed with a rare honour of a scholarship of POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION (PKF), New York, USA. The grant of USD 10 thousand is for the year 2021-22. ‘Live News Goa’ had put the spotlight on this soft-spoken and humble Margao-based painter in August as his figurative art made increasingly captivating spectacles and Vitesh acquired big reputation with his classy creations.

Announcing the achievement of an international distinction, Vitesh conveyed his gratitude with a Facebook post.

“Thank you P.K.F. for believing in me and supporting my work…I am thanking my teachers, friends, well wishers, art lovers, galleriest, writers, critics and all those who are directly or indirectly supporting me all these years. My special thanks to Yolanda de Sousa, Rajendra Usapkar and Naguesh Rao Sardessai for their valuable help. This achievement couldn’t be possible without my family’s support and sacrifice. This award I am dedicating to my  “Aaiee” who taught me how to withstand and fight back against all the hurdles.” 

Vitesh Naik, Artist

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has been in operation for more than three decades, and it  has supported working artists internationally.

“The Foundation is a leader in providing resources to emerging and established artists. To date, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded nearly 5,000 grants to professional artists and organizations in 78 countries, for a total of $79 million,” says

Established in 1985 through the generosity of Lee Krasner-one of the foremost abstract expressionist painters of the 20th century, reads the overview on the official website, adding, “through its individual artist grants, the Foundation provides financial resources for artists to create new work, acquire supplies, rent studio space, prepare exhibitions, attend a residency and offset living expenses, allowing them to better pursue their art. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations that directly engage with artists, such as museums and galleries by funding exhibitions and artist residency programs.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here