Anup Rej started his artistic journey as a child by modelling in clay before he came across water clolors. His early paintings were mostly experiments with abstract forms. Gradually the invisible spirit hidden in the inner realm started emerging by wearing surreal faces and thus brought an end to the abstract world. Art became a way to experience a ghostly hidden world within oneself which was extremely fascinating, This unusual experience to see the self not known to oneself through conscious mind and which remains hidden from the reality, kept Anup Rej interested in arts all his life. He called these arts emerging from the uncosncious realm as surreal. This period of surreal paintings came to an end with the death of his son Ånun. He began painting portraits of Ånun instead and thus entered a period of fugurative arts with philosophical and mythical content. His first big art project (oil
paintings) was titled ”Arts without Beginning and End Moving Through Life, Death and Resurrection”, where reality, myth and dream had a common boundary. Then he envisioned an exibition where virtual reality created by computers and traditional forms of arts could be combined with other art forms like music and ballet. As to sculpture his first figuartive sculpture was a bust of Ånun and a stone work which decorates Ånun`s grave. He has later experimented with pastel, acrylic, oil and mixed media. He started another big project of paintings a few years ago called ”The Windows of Light”, which involves existential theme and his idea about art which can be experienced in multiple ways. Apart from that he has worked with stone sculptures and art works involving garden landscape.