Chirag Thumbar was born in 1979, in Gujarat, India. He graduated as a graphic designer in 2001 and started working as an Artist at Centre for Environment Education where he mainly worked as an Artist and painted models of Indian wildlife for museum exhibits for many Tiger Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries of India.
Chirag have inherited the interest in painting from his father. Who hailed from a small village on the periphery of the Gir National Park, the only abode of Asiatic Lions. In some sense both painting and interest in wildlife come to naturally. Since, his first visit to Gir National Park when he was only ten, he have only intended to paint nature and wildlife.
Chirag knows it is essential to see the animals in their natural habitat and uses only his own photos, field sketches, and field paintings as the basis for his paintings. He compose the painting that reflect the inherent artistry of nature. His fascination for the big cat ‘the Asiatic Lion’ has now extended to big game animals of India. His best work is inspired from his field studies in Gir National Park, Pench Tiger Reserve and Kanha Tiger Reserve the inspirational setting for Kiplings Jungle book.
Chirag works with organizations and NGOs for awareness and conservation causes for wildlife in India. He encourage the young generation of surrounding villages of the protected areas to appreciate the nature and utilise their artistic skill to generate revenue. He donate percentage out of the sale of paintings every year to support financially to NGOs and Conservation Foundations.
2017: Donated a Tiger painting to raise fund for Madhya Pradesh Tiger Foundation Society(MPTFS). MPTFS is a NGo working in Madhya Pradesh of India to bring awareness and conservation of the Tiger.
2016: Two Paintings of African Lions were selected for sale to raise fund by online sale show African Wildlife Foundation for conservation effort by members of Society of Animal Artists.
2015: A portion of the sale of two paintings from Artists Against Extinction will be donated to Greater Gir Nature Trust that works to Save Asiatic Lions and the Habitat of the Greater Gir. volunteer work as a Graphic Designer and a Nature Educator.
2018 – Artists for Conservation Annual Exhibition, Canada
2018 – 58th Society of Animal Artists annual Show, USA
2018 – work selected for Wildlife Artist of the Year 2018 exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London, UK
2017 – Art and the Animal Tour, USA
2017 – Society of Animal Artists Member’s Show and Sale at Trailside Galleries Jackson, WY, USA
2017 – 57th Society of Animal Artists Annual Show, USA
2017 – in Folder display at “Wildlife Artist of the Year” Competition by David Shephard Wildlife Foundation, UK
2017– “Wildlife Treasures” Nature in Art, Gloucester UK
2016-2017 – Finalist in Animal Category, 12th ARC Salon Competition, USA
2016 - Finalist in 2016 Richeson75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife competition, USA
2016 –Online sale show by the Society of Animal Artists, to benefit the African Wildlife Foundation(AWF).
2014 – “Birds in Art,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, USA
2014-2015 – Finalist in Animal Category, 11th ARC Salon Competition, USA
2014 – Finalist in Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, USA
2014 – 54th Society of Animal Artists Annual show and “Art & the Animal Tour”, USA
2014 - Accepted as a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, USA
2013 – 53rd Society of Animal Artists Annual Show, USA
2012 – Accepted as an Associate member of the Society of Animal Artists, USA
2013 - Don Eckelberry Scholarship Award by Society of Animal Artists, USA