Ria Shanker's international heritage inspires her signature aesthetic style. She describes herself as 'a global citizen'. Originally from India, she spent most of her life in the Middle East; in Bahrain, and recently, Dubai. Her background is a melting pot of cultures with unique qualities, which influenced what would become her creative expression. As a child visiting her family in Orissa, India, she would watch in awe as they drew beautiful intricate patterns with semi-liquid rice paste on the entrance to the family temple. These patterns left a lasting impression and eventually formed part of the creative signature in her artworks.
Ria is fascinated by the strength of women of different cultures and the close bond they share with creation. The complexity of the mind, emotions, and intuition are common subjects of her work - a homage to the wonders of nature and women alike. She considers this to be beautiful in its most natural form. Her artwork aims to encourage the viewer to pause for thought and contemplate life's endless opportunities for learning and how this can be interpreted as an expression of creativity.
Nehha Kandhari is a Mumbai-based self-taught artist. Having cleared her CA Inter and acquiring NCFM Certification, she went on to join her family business. Her bent towards spirituality and Vastu made her learn Vastu and Feng Shui. One thing led to another and she became a certified healer in access consciousness and Reiki.
Having realized the importance and need of Vastu she came up with the Vastu Compliant Paintings where she used her knowledge of Vastu, Astrology and Reiki to create an artwork that will enhance the positive energy of a particular direction. The main focus of her paintings is to bring comfort, fortune and creativity to the life of the residents. The paintings help to open new business opportunities, improve finance, improve bonding of family members, bring mental clarity and rekindle love and compassion.
Meghansh is a Delhi, NCR based artist. His was a long journey with less stability and more creativity. The more life challenged him the more he excelled. This tussle produced the two distant relatives in accordance – Black which is 'profound' and White which is 'pure.' He has full faith in these two non-colours using which he has created stunning long series. With strong narratives and visually powerful artworks, Meghansh expresses personal experiences of day-to-day life and his perception of spirituality and connection with the omnipresent, the gormless.
Loveleen Bajaj is a Pune Based Visual Artist who is inspired by the meshed nature of the fabric. This very nature of strands brings forth her expression of art through various media across surfaces like fabric, wood, cement, pulpwood paper, and metal. She has worked for almost a decade in HR before following her quest to unravel deep-seated human conflicts, thereby challenging the way we have seen the world in its finite and infinite way. To express her work, she centers it around sometimes known and sometimes lesser-known concepts of love, karma, existence, relationships, and the very paradox that life is.
Her choice of expression is heavily influenced by the ethereal nature of the relationship between action and reaction. Loveleen has collaborated with brands like Levi’s, OML, Livspace, Taj, Art n Found, Hyatt, Radisson, The Design House & she also has been a resident participant in the Method rooftop Residency, Mumbai.
Kedar Dhondu’s current art practice involves looking back at the history of the region in order to understand issues related to ‘land’. Presently, Kedar digs out these issues which are related to the ‘ownership/ occupancy’ and the authenticity of the rights on the land in today’s time. Kedar’s practice also questions the genuineness of the law system of the region. Ecology and environmental concerns also play a major role in Kedar’s practice.
Being into communications design most of her life, Jasmine turned into a full-time ink artist in 2018. Her ingenious style of creating layers upon layers of ink with an organic methodology allows her to exhibit an offbeat abstract expressionism in a variety of subjects. She loves to create complex but rhythmic patterns within simple forms. Since the technique is unique, she enjoys to experiment and constantly surpass her own expectations with a not so predictable medium of inks. Most of the substrates she uses are pulp-free water-resistant paper extruded from polypropylene pellets, acrylic sheets and ceramic surfaces.
Born in Nepal, Govinda was drawn to drawing and sculptures. His career spans from a wall painter in Delhi to studying Fine Arts and pursuing his dream of becoming an artist. He has held several successful solo exhibitions in India, Nepal, and internationally. He has also had the honor of being called Lion Heart by prominent artist Govinda Dongol. Govinda has done a nationwide cycle tour for The 21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace. Govinda has also obtained a MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art. He has co-ordinated a number of art workshops under the sponsorship of the United Nations and the Embassy of Bangladesh, the British Council in Nepal and displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition. Govinda Sah’s works can be found in private collections worldwide.
Digbijayee Khatua traces his artistic sojourn from his native place, Kendrapada in Odisha to his current place of practice in Delhi. A shift from rural to urban, Odia to Hindi, the home and the world, the artist’s mundane realities changed enormously and to this, he credits most of his conceptual development and modified techniques. Cityscapes and elements of urbanity are eminent in his works. He expresses with watercolors in a layered dialogue to accentuate existential depths within the city. Interestingly, his works do not lose aesthetic pleasure in the otherwise grim realities, thereby retaining a subtle yet striking visual allegory.
Deepikah is an interdisciplinary artist based in Bangalore, India. Trained in Communication design from Delhi, she uses painting and installation art to express issues related to gender, self-worth and perception. Her project Trial Room tackles body dysmorphia and social conditioning and was exhibited at Gender Bender 2018 and then at The Irregulars Art Fair in 2019. She was one of the three selected residents for Fissure, curated by Shaleen Wadhwana at Virtual Nursery 2020 by Pollinator which culminated in an online exhibition in January 2021.
As a self-taught artist, Bahaar’s paintings are an amalgamation of very different disciplines, law and the freedom of an artist detached from the straightjacket of definition and boundaries. Exploration, experimenting and stitching the picture with her engagement with society is the essence and motivation beyond her art practice. She paints a lot from the visuals & epiphanies from her dreams, her fascination for the cosmos and real-life case studies & experiences.
She works with different mediums: paper, rubber, resin, cement, sand, etc., and figured a unique way of burning resin and reduced rubber together to give a structural effect on the base. Bahaar’s works are heavily influenced by the Cosmos and galaxies, landscapes and experiences/ conversations from her travels because she firmly believes that there is a lot beyond what meets the eye – so this inquiry and looking for plausible answers is her drive.
Ashmi is a writer, artist, and business leader. Having lived for the last 12 years in London, Singapore, India, and her most recent home, Malta; she is inspired by the
Mediterranean and its mysterious spirituality. She uses a lot of watercolor and gouache in her art, and her process is driven primarily by her intuition. She has showcased her work at ArtSorbet and Christina X Gallery.
There is Silence –
In between the clouds, between the rivers, between the rays of light, In between the words you speak, in between every step you take. There is this Silence in between each breath... I breathe. The more I accept, the more it expands.
For Sarika, the most exciting part of Art is that it acts above all on the soul, in sculpting it's spiritual composition.
Her art is an attempt to unearth the unsounded depths of human potential and the furthest reaches of our emotions. Those raw feelings that make us human are universal and they often reside beneath the known surface of everyday interactions. It is Mehta’s attempt to travel as deeply as possible, by cutting through the noise, to touch that virgin space that has the same effect on all humans. That helps us connect with each other beyond the slavery of logic or words.
Sarika’s works delve into different raw aspects of our personality but the subjects vary as per the evolution of her personal journey.
Her work enjoys a certain restrain, while space inspires her style. The slippages of content from the subconscious mind give tonal value to her work while striving to bring the ‘nameless’ through that which is left unsaid.
Arvind Sundar (1993, Coimbatore) completed his Masters in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati, USA (2018). He attained a Prior Degree course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA (2016) and Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication, Loyola College, Chennai (2014). He is the recipient of the Wolstein travel fellowship for the year 2017. He traveled across Italy on the fellowship studying renaissance painting and sculpture. He was awarded the Presidential Scholarship of the School of the art institute of Chicago for the year 2015. He is also the recipient of the Graduate Assistant Scholarship (100% Scholarship) at the University of Cincinnati. He was awarded the outstanding student of the batch for the academic year 2016-18 by the School of Art, University of Cincinnati. From 2019 to 2021 he was an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Film at Loyola college, Chennai. He also runs a graphic design firm Urue Design studio focusing on visuals and graphics of Tamil culture. He has held solo shows at the 840 Gallery, Cincinnati (2016/2017/2018) and several groups show at the Cholamandal Artist Village, Chennai (2019), Thundersky Inc, Cincinnati, USA (2018 and 2019), Secret Artworks, Cincinnati (2018), Carnegie Art Center, Covington, Kentucky, USA (2018) Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2019), Priyashri Gallery(2019), Floating canvas Company(2020- 21), etc. He has taken part in more than 40 shows across the globe. His work primarily revolves around the concept of the geometry of the grid and its role in the human condition. Right now, he practices art from his hometown of Coimbatore.