Pandit Khairnar was born in 1968 in Nashik, Maharashtra, now known as wine country, situated on the banks of the Godavari river. The rugged yet verdant terrain had a lasting impact on Khairnar’s sensibilities and he found himself drawn towards abstract painting, even as a young man. Khairnar studied for a Diploma in Art Teaching from Y. K. M., Aurangabad in 1989. He further completed a Diploma in Fine Art from L. S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai in 1992. After which he was based in Mumbai for the last 25 years. He returned to his hometown, Nashik, in 2013. Working from Nashik provided comfort to his artistic senses, not just because it was his hometown, but because the city has art in its air, with its temple complexes and ancient caves. Its serene beauty and peaceful environment inspire, him to paint. He uses layer upon layer of oil paint to create evocations of fascinating shades of light, like silent music. Through his paintings, he describes his memories spent in idyllic fields and attempts to recapture that point between twilight and dusk when the light changes in a few seconds and the open sky is a hue of myriad colours, intangible and mystic.
Khairnar is seen as one of the one of the foremost color field painters in India. His paintings, existential in tone and content, are composed with the intention of communicating a sense of intangible ‘isness’ Pandit Khairnar has had solo exhibitions at Volte Gallery, Mumbai in 2012; Jehangir art gallery, Mumbai in 2011; 'The Sheltering Sky' Gallery – 7, Mumbai in 2005; Jehangir art gallery, Mumbai organized by Bombay Art gallery in 2006 and 2001; Sans Tache Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1998; ‘First Solo Show' at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1996. This is his first solo exhibition in New Delhi. He was represented by Volte at India Art Fair 2016. He has also participated in many group shows, some of which are two-person show at Amar Gallery, London with Parul Thacker, 2017. Two-person show with Rajendra Dhavan, at Gallery -7, Mumbai in 2002 and in 2008 'Reduced to Essentials-II', two-person show with sculptor Madan Lal at Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai. He has been awarded by the Bombay Art Society, Mumbai in 2004 and 1992; state of Maharashtra Merit Award and LS RAHEJA School of Art Award in 1992.
The artist lives and works in Nasik, India.