Museum of Folk and Tribal Art, better known as K.C. Aryan's Home of Folk Art was founded in 1984 in Gurgaon by the late Mr K.C. Aryan, a renowned modern painter, sculptor, art historian and a pioneer-collector of folk and tribal art objects. He was also its Chairman. He was the first Indian to place these priceless art objects on the world cultural map and dedicated all his life to accord them the status enjoyed by art objects created by court artists under royal patronage. His main aim was to preserve these objects for posterity since they were vanishing fast. A great visionary, he foresaw long ago the fate of these artifacts. They were doomed. He decided to rescue them from oblivion by collecting them and writing on them, 23 scholarly books.
He invested all his savings on these art objects over seven decades. His one-man collection is vast and unique, in the sense that numerous artifacts already have become extinct. The Museum is managed by a registered Trust chaired by his art-historian daughter Dr. Subhashini Aryan, curated by his son Mr B.N. Aryan, Life trustees Mr. Gautam Dev Aryan (son), Mrs Anuradha (daughter) and members of the Governing body.
K.C. Aryan was a great visionary. As early as the 30s and 40s, when he was instinctively drawn to the artifacts of rural and tribal flavor, he was greatly disturbed by the non chalance, attitude of gross neglect, condescension and despise on the part of the museum authorities and connoisseurs of art. K.C. Aryan's aims was not merely to preserve these artifacts for posterity, to prevent them from getting irretrievably lost, but also to accord them the status they most richly deserve. K.C. Aryan's predilection for amazingly bold, spontaneously shaped, dynamic creations of the rural and tribal folk that project their creators' direct vision, unstamped by external influences was innate K.C. Aryan not only collected artifacts from several places, but also wrote books on them. K.C. Aryan ranks amongst the foremost pioneers who raised their lone voice for the cause of folk and tribal artifacts, and will always be remembered for his path-breaking efforts and invaluable contributions to this noble cause. The scope of K.C. Aryan's collection is exceptional, with over 2500 years of rural and tribal artifacts represented. It is essential to clarify here that these art objects have no history, and the oldest object extant does not go beyond the early 18th century. The sole exception, however are the bronze icons of Hindu deities, going back to the tenth century A.D.
Dr. Subhasini Aryan is a well known art historian, academic, author of over 15 books and an expert of Western Himalayan art and architecture. Ph.D in Indian Art History from M. S. University of Baroda, she has been writing on unexplored aspects of Western Himalayan art and architecture, crafts as well as rural arts. She has been engaged in research over the past 36 years. Her best known works are: Hanuman in Art, Himadri Temples, Crafts of Himachal, Rural Art of Western Himalaya, The Aryans: History of Vedic Period, Folk Bronzes of Rajasthan, Folk Embroideries of Himachal, Unknown Masterpieces of Folk and Tribal Arts from K.C. Aryan's Home of Folk Art, Wooden Architecture of Western Himalaya, Evolution of style in W. Himalayas Sculptures, Kala Chintan: K.C. Aryan Commemoration Volume. Since 1966 she has been contributing specialists papers to prestigious international and national art journals such as Arts of Asia, Oriental Art, Marg, Roopalekha, Kala Journal, etc. Recipient of Gold and silver medals and several cash prizes, she has been honored with numerous prestigious fellowships. She participates in international and national conferences, and has been abroad many times for research and lectures on art. She is responsible for documenting and placing on record completely unknown sculptures from W. Himalays.