Harjeet Sandhu
Harjeet Sandhu

Allerton businessman Harjeet Sandhu, who has run Boston Signs at 2528 Boston Road for the past 18 years, was born and raised in the Punjab region of India. There, he was a physical education teacher and later pursued a master’s in fine arts. He became a successful sculptor and painter, earning recognition as northern India’s sculptor of the year in 1983.

Sandhu left India two years later and joined his sister, who lived in Bronxwood. He eventually opened a sign making business on Boston Road. Even as he built his sign business, Sandhu never gave up his passion for his art. Last week, he spoke excitedly of his four solo exhibitions in India and of his desire to have an art show here as well. He believes he is the only Sikh mosaic artist in the city.

Baba Farid Ji was Sandhu’s first mosaic. This 12th century Sufi saint-poet lived in the part of Punjab from which Sandhu also hails. Faridkot is named after the saint and to a museum there Sandhu has gifted the mosaic. The 2-foot tall portrait of Bloomberg in a dapper blue suit, complete with a small American flag pin on his lapel, was his next. In the Golden Temple mosaic, Sandhu’s artistry and paintstaking work has created the movement of water around the reflection of the famous landmark. A portrait of President Obama is ready to get his mosaic treatment next.

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