Santosh Shrestha had a small studio in the Lakeside district of Pokhara. His wife, Simitri, helped him in the shop. They have a young daughter about 10 years old.
Santosh was quite a popular artist in the area, with a distinctive signature. Using 6 basic colors for his backgrounds, his Danger Dogs were very good.
Santosh had a commission for a movie poster honoring the re-release of the 1972 hit “An American Hippie in Israel”. He painted the life-size portrait on canvas from 11 stills of the movie, after watching the trailer. He understood it needed a psychedelic style.
Santosh no longer paints but has opened up a mobile phone sales and repair shop across the street from his old paint shop. Simitri and his daughter still help him with the store.
These artists’ livelihood is being threatened by computer graphics and “progress”. By commissioning a Danger Dog, you are supporting their art and their families. Pokhara was not much affected by the April 2015 quake, so Santosh and his family are safe.