How would you define what you do?
Rangoli is a doorstep or courtyard painting, drawn outside the entrance to the house. Singarangoli is an adoption of the traditional Indian Rangoli art form to Singapore and in the process the art has been fine-tuned and adapted to Singapore circumstances with multiracial community.
Have you mastered any specific techniques?
I invented Singarangoli. The first weatherproof Rangoli was successfully launched at Esplanade in Singapore and was on display for more than a month, it was exposed to stormy winds, battering rain and heavy sunshine. In a break from tradition, Rangolis at the Esplanade moved from the floor to the wall to the ceiling.
Nicky Loh © Michelangelo Foundation
What do you love most about your profession?
It makes me very happy to connect our multiracial community through the colourful art of Rangoli, and to preserve and promote this traditional art form for future generations. I like to find ways to evolve and adopt the Rangoli to reflect modern circumstances.
Can you tell us a memorable moment in your professional life?
I hold the Guinness World Record for the largest Rangoli in the World. I also hold 34 Singapore records in various categories (such as the largest and the longest). I had the privilege and honour of drawing my Rangolis in the presence of previous Singaporean presidents.