Born in 1979 in Kathmandu, Nepal a beautiful and naturally gifted country, Pabitra has always been inspired by nature. In course of his family horticulture business in Nepal, he began to start floral art as a passion. He started practicing different nature based arts such as Ikebana, Bonsai and landscape designing in his early youth. He starts pressing flower as a hobby but later on when people appraises his art works, he decided to take it professionally. He uses natural elements such as dried flowers, foliage, barks, roots etc. as a medium of his art. The art of pressing natural elements such as flowers, leaves, barks, roots etc and making different theme art out of it is called Pressed Flower Art which is also known in Japanese as “Oshibana”.
In 2002, he became member of Japan based International Pressed Flower Art Society. As his passion towards pressed flower grows profoundly he sets his mind to purse his further education in Japan with the help of the society. In November, 2004 he graduated the pressed flower instructor course in Japan under guidance of one of the renowned pressed flower artist, Mrs. Kazuko Yuda in Osaka.
His works have been featured in various social media in leading newspaper, magazine and TV channels in Nepal as well as in Japan. In November, 2003 he was interviewed by NHK TV in Japan, his works were also published in Yomiuri Shinbun (Japanese highly circulated daily newspaper) in August, 2003 and Watashino Hana Seikatsu Magazine (My Flower life in Japanese) in January, 2005.The leading media of Nepal including The Himalayan Times, Kantipur, The Kathmandu Post, The Republica, Image Channel, Kantipur Television has also highlighted his achievements in the news.
Mr. Shrestha has been involved in various exhibitions in Japan, USA and Nepal. His first solo exhibition titled “Reflection of Nature” was inaugurated by former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah of Nepal in 2001. His other exhibitions includes “World Pressed Flower Picture Art Festival” at Toke Messe Hall, Niigata prefecture, Japan (October 17-19, 2003), “Reflection of Nature II” Solo exhibition of pressed flower at Park Gallery, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal (January 19-22, 2005, Inaugurated by His Excellency Tsutomu Hiraoka, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal), “Eternal Flowers” solo exhibition of pressed flower at Summit Hotel, Kupondole, Nepal (July 6-14, 2005), “World Wide Pressed Flower Guild 2008 Conference and Competition” at Anaheim, California, USA (June 21-23, 2008), 12th Annual Art Connection Members' Show at Irving Art Center, USA (2012), 30th ANA Convention, Exhibition of Art and Photography, Hilton Anatole, Dallas to name a few.
Currently, he is residing in DFW area, Texas, USA and mulling into spreading this unique art by teaching and organizing art exhibitions in various places. He is active member of International Pressed Flower Art Society (IPFAS), Japan and World Wide Pressed Flower Guild (WWPFG), USA.
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