Vilas Tonape is an internationally recognized artist; and as a professor he teaches and chairs over the art department at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA. A native of India, Tonape has been creating art for over thirty years; receiving his BFA in Drawing and Painting with distinction from Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Bombay, India. He earned an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. His work has been exhibited internationally, including venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ontario and Mumbai; winning numerous awards both home and abroad. In 2018, First Friday Forum of the Government Museum in Chandigarh bestowed upon him the Lifetime Achievement Award. His work has been critically acclaimed; Palm Beach Post says: “Tonape’s painting can be described as classically inspired, contemporary-realism—interpretive images that enchant the eye”.
In his teaching of art, both in figurative and nonrepresentational modes, Tonape cuts through the age-old application of emotional and spiritual haze – and illuminates with a precise scientific and mathematical approach.