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Born

On December 7th, 1988 in Pune, Maharashtra, India

Education

2012 - 2014

Masters of Visual Arts, Department of Print Making, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda - Vadodara, India (1st Division,2014) ( 68%)

2008 - 2012

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India (1st Division, 2012) (64%)

Skills

Proficiency : English, Hindi, Marathi

Digital Skills : Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Studio Photography

Awards

2015

Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, Mumbai - 1st prize in Print Making category

2015

The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai - in Sculpture category

2013

Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad - 3rd prize in Mixed Media Category

2012

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai - Merit Award for Creative Painting

2011

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai - Best Art Work

2010

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai - Merit Award for Creative Painting

2010

Kalapushpa Art Exhibition, Maharashtra - Creative Painting

2009

The Camel Art Foundation, Mumbai - 1st Prize in Mixed Media Category

Participations

2018

‘Under The Mango Tree’ art gallery, Berlin, Germany

2018

Uzupis Art Incubator, Vilnius, Lithuania

2018

1st Print Biennale India, New Delhi

2016

The Bombay Art Society, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2016

State Art Exhibition, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2015

Tokyo International Mini Print Triennial, Japan

2015

South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

2015

Vadfest, Vadodara, Gujrat

2015

Confluence’15, Galerie Art Eterne, New Delhi

2015

The Bombay Art Society, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2015

State Art Exhibition, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2014

Beauty & Ugliness curated by Gitika Arora, Vadodara, Gujrat

2013

Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, Gujrat

2012

Camel Art Foundation, Nehru Centre Worli, Mumbai,

2011

Art Society of India, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2009

Camel Art Foundation, Nehru Centre Worli, Mumbai

Residency

2008

The Circle of Creation, Vilnius, Lithuania & Berlin, Germany

2014

Uttarayan Art Foundation, Jaspur, Gujrat, India

Residency

2008

The Circle of Creation, Vilnius, Lithuania & Berlin, Germany

2014

Uttarayan Art Foundation, Jaspur, Gujrat, India

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A Multidisciplinary Indian Artist | Curator | Educator | Designer | Entrepreneur

Born

On December 7th, 1988 in Pune, Maharashtra, India

Education

2012 - 2014

Masters of Visual Arts, Department of Print Making, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda - Vadodara, India (1st Division,2014) ( 68%)

2008 - 2012

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India (1st Division, 2012) (64%)

Skills

Proficiency : English, Hindi, Marathi

Digital Skills : Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Studio Photography

Awards

2015

Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, Mumbai - 1st prize in Print Making category

2015

The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai - in Sculpture category

2013

Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad - 3rd prize in Mixed Media Category

2012

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai - Merit Award for Creative Painting

2011

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai - Best Art Work

2010

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai - Merit Award for Creative Painting

2010

Kalapushpa Art Exhibition, Maharashtra - Creative Painting

2009

The Camel Art Foundation, Mumbai - 1st Prize in Mixed Media Category

Participations

2018

‘Under The Mango Tree’ art gallery, Berlin, Germany

2018

Uzupis Art Incubator, Vilnius, Lithuania

2018

1st Print Biennale India, New Delhi

2016

The Bombay Art Society, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2016

State Art Exhibition, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2015

Tokyo International Mini Print Triennial, Japan

2015

South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

2015

Vadfest, Vadodara, Gujrat

2015

Confluence’15, Galerie Art Eterne, New Delhi

2015

The Bombay Art Society, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2015

State Art Exhibition, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2014

Beauty & Ugliness curated by Gitika Arora, Vadodara, Gujrat

2013

Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, Gujrat

2012

Camel Art Foundation, Nehru Centre Worli, Mumbai,

2011

Art Society of India, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2009

Camel Art Foundation, Nehru Centre Worli, Mumbai

Residency

2008

The Circle of Creation, Vilnius, Lithuania & Berlin, Germany

2014

Uttarayan Art Foundation, Jaspur, Gujrat, India

Internships

2017

I assited Mr. Harshwardhan Kadam for India’s Largest wall grati project called “Songs of the City” cunducted by Pune Biennale

2014

Participated in Field Research conducted by Dr. Matthieu Salpetuer from Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Mindyala Village,
Kutch, Gujrat. The field school was a part of a project conducted to understand the changes in Pastoralist Rabari community of Kutch.
The intention of the field school was to introduce students in techniques of Field Research.

2014

Undergone internship under Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta (M.A. Fine Arts, Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London, 1997), in Wax
Modelling. The objective was to understand the medium and implement it into my works.

2014

Internship under Mr. Bhavnesh Parmar (denturist at Mahadev Dental Lab, Vadodara) was completed in making dentures by using
resin and ceramic. The intention was to educate myself in the process of manufacturing dentures which can be used in my work.

" I have completed my bachelors from Sir J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai and masters from M. S. University, Baroda in fine arts. There I learnt various traditional mediums of art. As some of my works demanded specific mediums for certain topics, I started using motion sensors, Arduino programming, motors, projectors with a combination of traditional art forms. From here my interest in new technology developed.

After completing my education, I founded my own company called ArtLab Studio ( https://www.artlab.in/ ) in 2014. This studio is involved in commissioning projects like Public art, installation, and wall art. Where I learnt project management, ideation, and tried my hands on interactive artworks. By that time my fascination with the amalgamation of contemporary mediums with the traditional ones increased. "

In touch with the deeper reality of my unconscious; I paint my dreams. I portray the gruesome reality in which we live in. As the reality isn’t a rosy picture with a very pleasurable experience, so are my works devoid of an aesthetic appeal that would please the senses. As an artist who is a part of society, it is rather difficult to remain unaffected by the happenings around me. The number of rape cases and cases of violence against women is disturbing as well as eye-opening. It makes one question the deceiving concept of equality between genders which leads me to depict the prevailing hypocrisy in our society in a crude manner. The way a woman is looked at and must be questioned. My process involves a binary of spontaneity and a well laid out plan. On one hand, I am spontaneous with regard to the subject of my artwork. I work on an autonomous principle wherein something which affects me deeply and strikes a chord with my personal experience pushes me to express myself.

My attempt is to reflect on the gruesome realities of life by using surreal human figures, distorted human anatomy, and mutated organs and faces. Sometimes, I depict headless human bodies with dissected or contorted genitals to portray the horrid emotions or violent reactions of human beings in response to their surroundings. The idea is to focus on the inequalities and social malice faced by people in anticipation to suggest a change. The deformed figures assaulting each other, or actively engaging in violent acts work as metaphors for the ugliness and hideousness of the human mind caught in social hierarchies. My works may appear to have a frightening, disturbing and perhaps a disgusting impact on the audience who views them, for that is the intention. It is what it is – the hard, brutal reality of our day and age, whether we choose to accept it or ignore it.

On the other hand, the process of execution is very important to me. The process is a journey which I undertake myself in order to feel the same numbing pain which might’ve been inflicted upon somebody else. Exploration of a medium is important to me. This may include a painting or canvas or a video projection on an actual body part of a living being preserved with chemicals. I choose the process as well as the medium based on the content and demands of my work.

 

Born

On December 7th, 1988 in Pune, Maharashtra, India

Education

2023 - 2024

MSc in User Experience Design, Brighton University, United Kingdom (70.78%)

2022 - 2023

Post Graduate Certificate in UX Design and HCI, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India (88.46%)

2012 - 2014

Masters of Visual Arts, in Print Making, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara,India (Country rank 1 Art Institute) (65.35%)

2008 - 2012

Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India (Country rank 2 Art Institute) (58.59%)

Skills

Proficiency: English, Hindi, Marathi

Digital Skills: Figma, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Studio Photography

Artistic Direction: Leadership in high-profile creative projects and initiatives; expert in project management.
Curatorial Skills: Curated exhibitions, including the International Scrap Sculpture Residency; founded and managed ArtLab Studio.
Teaching and Mentorship: Assistant Professor experience, national workshops, guest lectures on integrating traditional art with modern technology.
Collaboration: Worked internationally with international artists, engaged in community art and research projects.
Innovation: Developed sustainable art projects, created interactive and kinetic sculptures.
Research: Conducted field research on traditional practices, documented cultural festivals.
Additional Skills: Studio photography, public speaking

Awards

2024

Ideas Competition

Finalist , University of Brighton, United Kingdom (Link)

2023

StartUp Hive, Bee Purple

1st Prize, University of Brighton, United Kingdom

2022

International Scholarship

University of Brighton, United Kingdom

2019

Certificate of Recognition (Community Graffiti Project for Old age home residents)

Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, India

2015

28th National Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Certificate of Merit by Ministry of Culture, Government of India at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India

2015

Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation (for a Print Making)

All India Gold Award, Mumbai, India

2015

The Bombay Art Society (for a Sculpture)

Sculpture Category, Mumbai, India

2014

Vibrant Gujarat, Education Summit (for a Mix Media)

3rd Prize, Kanoria Centre for Arts, Gujarat, India

2012

Merit Award (for Creative Painting)

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, India

2011

Best Artwork

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, India

2010

Merit Award for Creative Painting

Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai, India

2010

Award for Creative Painting

Kalapushpa Art Exhibition, Sangli, Maharshtra, India

2010

The Camel Art Foundation (Mixed Media Category)

All India 1st Prize, Mumbai, India

Residency Awards

2018

Sanskritik Mandala, Germany And Lithuania

This was a partially funded residency programme titled “Sanskritik Mandala (Circle of Creation)”, a society's art development and bilingual cultural exchange project held from 3rd August to 30th August 2018 in Uzupis, Vilnius,Lithuania and Berlin, Germany. It gave me an opportunity to meet and interact with fellow artists from Lithuania and India and begin a discourse about the representation of culture and traditions in the arts. This experience also expanded my perspective in the manner artworks could be exhibited and perceived beyond museum spaces and prevail in the realm of public space. It widened my horizons on the understanding of the use of public space in order to simulate certain experiences which helped me in the development of several future ArtLab projects. Link

2014

Uttarayan Art Foundation, Gujarat, India

I was chosen as one of the participants for the residency programme at Uttarayan Art Foundation, Jashpur, India from 10th June 2014 to 20th July 2014. This was a fully funded scholarship which gave me scope to explore printmaking techniques and develop an understanding of the community space for artists.
I was also able to explore various other techniques and mediums such as ceramics, modelling and learn the lost-wax process used for the creation of metal sculptures which proved beneficial in my endeavors at ArtLab Studio.

Exhibitions

2024

“Pune Gallery of Visual Arts” India

Invited to participate of permanent collection

2023

“Follow the White Rabbit” Ritz Carlton, Pune, India

Curated by Vaibhav Raj Shah

2020

“India Art Festival” Nehru Centre, India

As a founder and proprietor of ArtLab Studio I displayed my studio artworks

2018

“Under the Mango Tree” Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Curated by Tamara Artajeva & Mini Kapoor

2018

UZUPIS Art Incubator, Vilnius, Lithuania

Society's Art Development and Bilingual Cultural Exchange Program

2018

International Print Biennale of India

National Academy of Art, New Delhi

2017

Pune Biennale Foundation, India

The Monalisa Kalagram, Koregaon park, Pune, India

2016

The Bombay art Society

Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Maharshtra, India

2016

State Art Exhibition (Professional category)

Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Maharshtra, India

2015

The Bombay art Society

Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Maharshtra, India

2015

State Art Exhibition

Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Maharshtra, India

2015

South Central zone Cultural Center

Organised by Ministry of Culture, Government of India at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India

2015

Tokyo International Mini Print Triennial, Japan

International Mini Print Triennial, Link

2015

Galerie Art Eterne

Confluence’15, New Delhi, India

2015

Vadfest, Vadodara

Curated by Rekha Rodwittiya, Baroda, India

2014

Beauty & Ugliness

Curated by Gitika Arora, Baroda, India

2013

Kanoria Center For Arts

International Art Exhibition, Ahmedabad, India

2012

Camel Art Foundation

Nehru Center Worli, Mumbai, India

2011

Art Society Of India

Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

2009

Camel Art Foundation

Nehru Center Worli, Mumbai, India

Colaborations

2019

Tribal Music Festival

Documented the Tribal Music Festival with Wabi Sabi Films, focusing on the last surviving artisans of the Ghangdi community and other tribal communities, to help the next generation connect with our rooted culture. (Photo)

2019

Bharat Embroidery Art Project

Assisted Mr. Hanoz Patel in documenting the intricate Rabari Bharat embroidery. Conducted research on its socio-cultural impact and the implications of its use as dowry, leading to its ban in 1995. Supported efforts to preserve and revive the traditional art through NGO initiatives and community projects. (Photos)

2017

India’s Largest Wall Graffitti

With Mr Harshwardhan Kadam for India’s Largest wall graffiti project called “Songs of the City” conducted by the Pune Biennale. Wall size - 1300 feet in length and average height of 17 feet. (Link)

2014

Field Research: Extinct Pastoralist Practices

Participated in Field Research conducted by Dr Matthieu Salpetuer from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Mindyala Village, Kutch, Gujarat, India. The field school was a part of a project conducted to understand the changes in the Pastoralist Rabari community of Kutch. (Certificate & Photos)

2013

Wax Modelling

The goal was to comprehend the medium and include it into my works. Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta (M.A. Fine Arts, Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London, 1997) taught me wax modelling.

2013

Denture Making

I learned how to create dentures using resin and ceramic from Mr. Bhavnesh Parmar, a denturist at Mahadev Dental Lab in Vadodara. The purpose of this was to teach me how to make dentures so I could use them as a medium of my artwork.

Media and Publications

2024

University of Brighton

www.Brighton.ac.UK (Link)

2023

Roopbheda Journal (Physical Copy)

2020

India Art Festival (Press Release) (Physical Copy)

2019

Vagabundler

www.Vagabundler.com (Link)

2018

Hakara Journal

www.hakara.in (Link)

2018

Guftugu Journal

www.guftugu.in (Link)

2017

Times of India

About India’s Largest Wall Graffiti (Press Release) (Physical Copy & Digital copy link)

Interests

Running, Swimming, Trekking

Participations :

SCMM, Mumbai Full Marathon ( 42.2 Kilometers )

2016

Goa River Half Marathon ( 21.1 Kilometers )

2016

SCMM, Mumbai Full Marathon ( 42.2 Kilometers )

2015

PRBM, Pune Half Marathon ( 21.1 Kilometers )

2014

Our Marathon, Half Marathon to spread the Awareness about Breast Cancer, Pune ( 21.1 Kilometers )

2014

Baroda Hald Marathon, Vadodara, Gujrat ( 21.1 Kilometers )

2013

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