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It all started when the Vedic Art Method was founded by artist Curt Källman.

Curt Kallmann

The Story

​Vedic Art ® was founded by the Swedish artist Curt Källman (1938-2010). The seed of Vedic Art was sown many years ago when Curt began his inner journey to find an undemanding and free way of expressing himself on the canvas. 


An important part of the method is "The Seventeen Vedic Principles of Art and Life". Curt Källman learned the names of the Principles in 1974 by the renowned Indian meditation teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008). Curt Källman developed the content and pedagogic approach of the Vedic Art method during the 1970s-1980s.


The Vedic Art method was founded in 1988 by Curt Källman in Sweden. The word "Vedic" originates from the Indian Sanskrit word "Veda" which means knowledge or wisdom. The fundamental view of Vedic Art is that we all have great creative power and knowledge within ourselves from birth. Painting is an important tool to unfold these inner resources so that they can be used in a concrete way in life and in arts. The only way to access the content of the Vedic Art course and the Seventeen Principles is to attend a Vedic Art course held by a Vedic Art teacher. The method requires no prior knowledge. Everyone is welcome!



The Seventeen Principles are the heart of the Vedic Art method. The names of the Principles originates from an unknown oral tradition in the Indian Veda philosophy. In 1974, Curt Källman learned the Principles and used them as a source of inspiration for developing the Vedic Art method. 

The Principles constitutes, together with the creative exercises in the foundation course as well as the unique approach of Curt Källman, the core of the method. 



The creative activities/exercises in the foundation course "opens the inner seeing” and are following the Seventeen Principles. The creative activities are freely designed by Curt Källman with inspiration from traditional and modern western art tradition from the Renaissance onwards. They are developed or adapted to focus on artistic freedom, the creative process and human life.



Artistic freedom, the creative process, integrity and the connection between the creative process, life and personal development are all parts of the essence of Vedic Art.



During the courses we receive tools to explore our creative expression. We often feel that we ourselves develop alongside our painting and that we experience a deeper sense of unity between ourselves and our art. It becomes a deeply personal meeting between creator and creation. The Principles have often been described as a map or a compass for our personal creative journey.



Artists throughout all times have longed for expressing their own individuality and convey their own inner truth in their art. The Creator wants to be able to express our innermost self. When we create effortlessly, it is easy to forget about time and space. We become more present in the here-and-now and begin to express ourselves. A journey has begun towards finding our own creative expression. It is more about opening the creative “seeing”,  rather than training the hand's abilities. Beyond all limitations, knowledge, beauty and joy awaits.



The Vedic Art method does not promote any specific painting style, but instead it helps the participants of the course to find their own personal expression. No teacher will judge or make any demands on us during a Vedic Art course. We can develop at our own pace and find our own way to relate to the creative process. We can come to a course without ever holding a brush before. And we find that we can actually express ourselves!


The origins of Vedic Art can be traced back to its founder, the Swedish artist Curt Källman (1938-2010). Källman's journey towards creating Vedic Art began when he embarked on an inner exploration to discover a liberating and spontaneous method for expressing himself on canvas.

Central to Vedic Art are the "Seventeen Vedic Principles of Art and Life," which Curt Källman encountered in 1974 through the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008), a respected Indian meditation teacher. Källman further developed the content and instructional approach of the Vedic Art method during the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1988, Curt Källman formally established the Vedic Art method in Sweden. The term "Vedic", drawing its roots from the Sanskrit word "Veda," signifies knowledge or wisdom. Vedic Art is founded on the fundamental belief that each individual possesses inherent creative power and wisdom from birth. Painting serves as a vital tool for unlocking these inner resources, enabling their practical application in both life and art. Access to the content and the Seventeen Principles comes exclusively by way of participating in a Vedic Art course led by a Vedic Art teacher. Prior artistic knowledge is not a prerequisite; Vedic Art welcomes everyone.

The heart of Vedic Art lies in the Seventeen Principles, which names have their origins in an ancient oral tradition of Indian Vedic philosophy. Curt Källman, inspired by these Principles, integrated them into the Vedic Art method, forming the core of its teachings.

The foundation course in Vedic Art incorporates creative exercises that "open the inner seeing" in alignment with the Seventeen Principles. These creative activities have been thoughtfully designed by Curt Källman, drawing inspiration from both traditional and modern Western art traditions, from the Renaissance onwards. They are adapted to emphasize artistic freedom, the creative process, and human life.

Curt Källman's unique approach emphasizes artistic freedom, the creative process, integrity, and the connection between the creative journey, life, and personal development. Vedic Art courses provide participants with tools to explore their creative expressions, often leading to a deeper sense of unity between the creator and their art. The Seventeen Principles serve as a guiding map for this personal creative journey, encouraging participants to move beyond the confines of their thinking minds and intellect. The method enables artists to express their individuality and inner truth effortlessly, fostering a profound connection between creator and creation. This journey unfolds in the present moment, allowing for the emergence of a unique creative expression, unburdened by constraints such as time and space.

Vedic Art promotes creative freedom rather than prescribing a specific painting style. During the course, no judgment or demands are made by the teacher. Participants are encouraged to develop at their own pace and find their individual approach to the creative process, even if they have never held a brush before. Vedic Art empowers individuals to express themselves freely and authentically.


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