Punet Kaushik (b. 1972)

Born in New Delhi in 1972, Puneet graduated from the department of fine arts, Jamia Millia University in 1996. He went on for his further studies to study Studio art from the University of California, Berkeley. His journey as an artist reflect many of the experiences that he underwent through his decade long stay in America, where after graduation he conducted courses in Mixed Media painting at his university. Since his return to his native country Puneet has participated in many workshops and shows in India and abroad and is significantly known for his installations in international fairs, developing his skill to depict the ephemeral quality and essence of experience that he strives to communicate to his viewer.

Shalini Biswajit (b. 1965)

Shalini Biswajit is a painter, sculptor and Director of Forum Art Gallery. She has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and has taken courses at New York School of Interior Design. This exposure ultimately lead to the birth of Forum Art Gallery in 1997. Shalini has exhibited her works widely in India, and abroad. Some selected solo and group shows that she has participated in are ‘Perspective’, Alliance Francaise,Chennai 1998, Salon de Printemps 2002, 2003, 2005 Lyon, France ‘Reclaimed’, Forum Art Gallery and The British Council, Chennai, 2004, ‘The Feminine Eye’, Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore, 2005 ,’Women@rt, Forum

Art Gallery, Chennai, 2006, ‘WoManEyes’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai and The Nehru Centre, London, 2007, ‘WoManEyes’ Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2007, ‘The Madras Canvas Iand II’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai 2007, 2008, ‘Detached Attachment’, Vienna Virginia, 2008, ‘Feminine ‘I’, Art Space the gallery, Kuala Lumpur 2009, The MadrasCanvas at ICC India Cultural Centre Kuala Lumpur 2010, Present in the Past, Tajmount Road Chennai 2010 and Ever at Rest, solo show at Kalakriti Gallery Hyderabad, 2010, Art Bazaar, New York 2011 and Heart of Sculpture for Art Chennai, 2011. She also exhibited her work at The India Art Festival, Mumbai 2011. She is represented by Jain Maronouchi Gallery NewYork and has shown her sculptures at Lana Santorelli Gallery in New Jersey. She was part of The Modern Maters, a group collective at Gnani Arts, Singapore in 2011. Shalini has illustrated a children’s book for Tulika Publishers. Her paintings and sculpture can be seen in public collections all over Tamil Nadu. At Forum Art Gallery, Shalini has curated several shows from 2002 and takes art closer to people through workshops, art and craft classes, symposiums and art therapy sessions. Shalini lives and works in Chennai.

Bandep Singh (b. 1971)

Born in Chandigarh in 1971, Bandeep Singh is a self-taught photographer. He is currently working as the India photo editor of Fortune Magazine. He is a reputed editorial photographer and his images have been published in India Today, Time, New York Times, Business Week, Business Today, and numerous other publications.

Singh’s personal photographic work is more conceptual and exploratory. He works in diverse genres ranging from documentary photography, landscape and nature studies to portraiture and eroticism. His work is deeply influenced by his cultural leanings and his deep interest in mysticism, Sufi poetry and music.

A keen scholar of Photography and Visual communication, Bandeep has been on the jury of the India Habitat Center grant for Photography since 2005. His images were displayed at the 2007 SAARC Summit in Delhi. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust award in photography.His works are in the permanent collection of Essel Museum, Vienna; Nirankari Museum of Faith, New Delhi; Luxembourg Embassy, New Delhi, as well as in several private collections in India and abroad.

Bandeep Singh has had four solo shows of his works and has participated in numerous group shows; some of which are India Awakens Under the Banyan Tree, Exhibition of Contemporary Indian art at the Essel Museum in Vienna, 2010; Lo Real Maravilliso: Marvelous Reality, to mark the 20th Anniversary of Gallery Espace in New Delhi, 2009, Jaisalmer Yellow at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2007, Entrusted, Group show to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Charles Wallace India Trust Awards at the British Council, New Delhi 2006.

Birendra Pani (b. 1969)

Born in 1969 in Odisha, Pani graduated in printmaking with a Bachelor’s degree from Kalabhavan at the Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, in West Bengal, and received his Master’s degree in Graphics from M.S. University, Baroda.

Birendra Pani’s fresh perspective and contemporary canvases were displayed at the show on” kitsch kitsch Hotahe “that was curated by Madhu Jain and Organised by Gallery Espace in New Delhi. His loud and vivid images use colours like green and shocking pink unashamedly, and his nudes, far removed from traditional ideas, rather than revealing of clandestine activities and provoking corporeal or sensual excitement in the viewer, portray very private and personal instances in the subjects’ lives. In other works the artist chooses ordinary everyday words and then attempts to reveal all their private meanings and associations on the canvas with his brush.

Pani’s most recent solo exhibitions include ‘Re-Vision’ presented by Gallery Sumukha Bengaluru 2010, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, at RL Fine Arts, New York, in 2009; ‘Boy Dancer: Convergence and Continuum’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, and the Faculty of Fine Arts of M.S. University, Baroda, in 2007; and ‘Risk: The Double Edge of Society’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2006. His works have been featured in several group shows including most recently“Harvest”-3 Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2011- “The Museum collection-part 2”,Gallery Art Kounsult, New Delhi. 2011-‘’Re Looking Cambodia”, Hotel Gallery ITC, Kolkata . 2011-‘’Roots / Routes of Bengal’’ at Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore.2011- “Indian Contemporary Art” Gallery Birla Academy of Art, Kolkata. 2011-“New Documents, Contemporary Photography”, Gallery Art Consult. New Delhi, 2011-‘’India Art Summit“, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2011-Indian Contemporary Video Art exhibition and interaction by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010-’’Sports and the City’’ Lalit kala AKademi, New Delhi. 2010-Russian Eastern and Oriental Fine Art Fair at London. 2010- “Harvest”-2 Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2010- “Irreverent Gene” Curated by Nalini Malaviya at Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore.2010- “Asyco’’ Curated by Niyatee Shinde at The Viewing Room, Mumbai. 2010- “Indian Contemporary Art” Gallery Birla Academy of Art, Kolkata. 2010-“Indian Contemporary Art -next” at Hong Kong, ‘Keep Drawing’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2008; and Live Wires’ presented by Art Konsult and Mon Art Gallerie at the Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong. Birendra Pani has curated “Tribute to Bhupen Khakhar” in 2004 at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai and jointly with Rajashree Biswal the “First Bakul Art-Fest” in 2009 in Bhubaneswar. He has participated in major shows in India and abroad and is the recipient of many awards including the Junior Fellowship of the HRD Ministry by the Government of India in 2001, interaction by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010-Fest” in 2009 in Bhubaneswar. He has participated in major shows in India and abroad and is therecipient of many awards including the Junior Fellowship of the HRD Ministry by the Government of India in 2001.

Presently Pani lives and works in New Delhi.

Clare Arni (b. 1962)

Clare Arni is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. Her work encompasses architecture, travel, social documentary and cultural heritage. She has been published by leading British book publishers Phaidon, Thames and Hudson and Dorling Kindersley. She has also contributed work to magazines like Abitare (Italy) Tatler, Conde Nast (UK) Wallpaper, The Wall street journal and Harvard Design magazine as well as many Indian magazines. Her solo photographic books document the history of the architecture of Banaras, Palaces of the Deccan, the recent excavations of Hampi, the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire and a four month journey along the course of the river Kaveri. Her recent exhibitions documented the lives of marginalized communities in some of the most remote regions of India and the disappearing trades of urban India. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Essl Museum, Vienna Austria, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, Bose Pacia, New York, Berkeley art museum, California and is the permanent collection of the Saatchi Gallery, London, and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Harsha Biswajit (b. 1988)

Harsha Biswajit, spent 4 years in England (2006-2010) acquiring a BSc and a MA degree in Economics and International Political Economy, respectively. Although this certainly widened his perspective as a creative thinker his calling has always been in the arts. Apart from the Continuing Education classes at School of Visual Arts, New York in 2011, he prides himself on being a self-evolved artist chasing his dream.

Harsha’s preferred medium is mixed media, photography, graphics and digital media. For Harsha Biswajit, mixed media is an exciting platform to create artwork that has the dynamics and depth that is inspirational and engaging. His works combine photography, acrylics and oil on canvas and graphic and digital art where the amalgamation of sensibilities that is unique to each renders a collaborative eclecticism that is refreshing. The works figure complex and dramatic tension along with strong emotions in an interwoven whole that explore everyday scenes that frame a fraction of a larger picture. Some of the works explore subconscious platforms that present an anecdote of scene and seen. The generation of today combines technology with the creative and Harsha’s artwork is a visual constellation of key popular culture.

Some of the exhibitions he has participated in are India Art Festival, Mumbai 2011, The Madras Art Initiative, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai in 2010, POPNI National Art Exhibition of Pondicherry Art Society, Pondicherry 2010, The Madras Canvas, ICC, India Cultural Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2010, Aloft @ Chandigarh, solo art show at Forum Art Gallery Chennai, 2011.

The Commissions are 136.1 Yoga Centre, 2011, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, 2011, Aloft Hotels Chandigargh, 2011. He has attended a workshop in Art Therapy conducted by George Washington University, USA at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai in 2009 and a Photography workshop at Mindscreen Institute run by ace cinematographer Rajiv Menon. He has received a certificate of commendation by POPNI.

The artist currently lives in Chennai.

Kanchan Chander (b. 1957)

KANCHAN CHANDER has done her studies in Painting and Printmaking at Weisensee kunst Hochschule, Berlin Germany (1974-76); College of Art., India (1976-81) and College of Art. Santiago,Chile (1980) She is reciepient of Research Fellowship from Delhi College of Art; (1981); Research Grant – Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi. (1982); French Govt. Scholarship – Printmaking, Ecole Des Beaux Arts. Paris, France (1984-85) and Fellowship in Printmaking, and Painting, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Delhi (1990-92). She has been a Lecturer at College of Art, Delhi (1986-2005) and a Visiting Faculty Member at School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi (1990-91). She received the British Council Grant to Visit Art Institutions in London and study Contemporary Art Trends (1993).

She has held several solo shows in India, Germany, Japan, Nepal, Dubai and Australia. She has been the `artist of the month`at online Saffron ArtGallery (2001). She has participated in various prestigious exhibitions like National Exhibition, India; Print Biennales and Triennales in Bhopal, Ljubljana, Frenchen, Bradford, Norway, France, UK, Japan and United States. She has been part of various prestigious shows like-Women artists show in Mills College, Berkely; Tiger By the Tail—Boston and Rutgers; Indian Art Summit; Auction by Tehelka and Bonhams; Online `Auction at SaffronArt and`several others.

She is recepient of Award from Print Biennale-1985; Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, India and ‘Women Achiever’ by Cancer Patients association (2011) and BC Sanyal Award for Best Teacher by Delhi Collage of Art, New Delhi (2011).

Her works are in collection of National Gallery of Modern Art, India; Lalit kala Akademi, New Delhi; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi; Dhoomimal Art Gallery, Delhi; Patiala Museum; Chandigarh Museum; Mumbai International Airport; Fukuoka Museum of Asian Art, Japan, British Museum, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Ecole National Des Beaux Arts, Paris.

She has attended art camps and workshops in Switzerland; Braidwood, (Canberra) Australia; Singapore; China; Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan; Kathmandu and various cities all over India.

She has been on judging panel of Charles` Wallace Grant, Inlakhs Scolarship and Sahitya Kala Parishad. Has co- curated shows with Sushma Bahl (See Through – at British Council, Delhi); ‘Combine’ with Art Inc; ‘Light & Enlightenment’ with Foundation for Indian Art, Amsterdam and ISLE at Pragati Maidan.

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

Maripally Praveen Goud (b. 1986)

M Praveen Goud is a young talented artist originally from Hyderabad, and now based in Baroda. He studied BFA in Painting at Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad, and MVA in Printmaking at M S University, Baroda.

As a young printmaker Praveen has experimented with new media images like a very fashionable to old antique scrap in one figure- a strange combination. He talks about globalization in world, through his works. He uses the sane style in a different flavor in his works, which lend them uniformity and freshness. Through his works, he questions originality. He was awarded the scholarship from Krishnakriti Foundation during 2006-2009; HRD Scholarship by the Government of India, Ministry of Culture (2009-11), New Delhi; H K Kejriwal Young Artist Award (2010) from Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore; and was awarded as national academy award (2009), the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. He has taken part in many artist residency programs and workshops, prominent being the ones, Peers- 2011, KHOJ

international artists association, New Delhi. His works were featured in several exhibitions in important galleries in India and New York.

Mukesh Sharma (b. 1974)

Mukesh Sharma received his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Faculty of Fine Arts MS University of Baroda in Gujarat and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Rajasthan School of Art in Jaipur in 1996.

Mukesh’s work incorporates varied media including painting, printmaking and multi media installation He has been awarded Fellowship for Printmaking by Academy of The National Art New Delhi in 2000, National Scholarship by Ministry of HRD Govt. of India in 1998, All India Art Exhibition organized by AIFACS, New Delhi in 2000/02, State Art Award by Rajasthan State Academy of Art in 2000/02 And Art Fair by National Academy of Art, New Delhi in 1999/2002.

Mukesh’s work have been shown both nationally and internationally and his most recent solo shows include Installation & Paintings ‘The Keyboard of Small Things’ Gallery Sumukha Bangalore & Chennai in 2011 ‘Another Geography’ curated by Dr. Alka Pande India Habitat Center, VAG, New Delhi in 2007; ‘World with out Boundaries’ conceptualized by Artemisia Hicks for Galleria Corona, Mexico in 2006; works @ works at Qualcomm Mumbai; American Embassy, New Delhi in 2005. Long Gallery, FCA of Wollongong, NSW; Heditch Bay Press, Melbourne (Australia) in 2004. He has participated in International exhibitions such as 2nd Triennial of Contemporary Art Mauritius 2005, 5th Print Symposium – National Gallery of Australia and Mini Print Biennale – Tama Art University Museum 1998 (Tokyo) and International Contemporary Art Fair in Singapore; Edition Art Fair Bussan South Korea India Contemporary Art, Hong Kong – Presented by Gallery Sumukha. Mukesh has participated in prestigious Artist Residency Programs & Art Camps such as Centro Cultura Cuale – México; June Heditch Studio-Australia; ‘Why not Place’-Religare Initiative Arts-New Delhi; International Fusion Graphic Workshop-Australian High Commission-New Delhi; ‘Friendly Environmentally’ Mono-Type Printmaking – American School, Mumbai and Viscosity Printmaking – Warringah Printmakers, Sydney; among many others.

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

Murali Cheroth (b. 1966)

Murali Cheeroth received BFA and MFA in Painting from Santiniketan and was recipient of Kerala State Lalit Kala Academy award in 1998 and Junior Fellowship 97-99, for research in fibre art, awarded by Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

To quote the artist himself “….my working process is a kind of extraction system, that draws on tiny concerns about uber urbanization, frenzied globalization and the visual/virtual stimulation therein, and folds and unfolds them into another reality to simplify their characteristics and relationships in order to build a new visual experience that is clear and vivid”. Murali Cheeroth has exhibited in various significant shows across the globe in the last two decades of his art practice. Few amongst his shows are; Habitus‘, Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore and Chennai (2010), Unmarked‘ – New Delhi (2009); Mise – En—Scène‘ solo show, Viart Gallery, New Delhi (2007), 10th Edition of Video Wednesday, curated by Jhonny M L, Gallery Espace, April (2009), Emerging India, a group show of young contemporary artists, at The Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, (2007), Chicago Art Fair (2009); Passage to India-Part-II new Indian art from the Frank Cohen Collection in March, Wolverhampton. U K. (2009); The sun rises in the east, Contemporary art from India, Gallerie Christian Hosp, Triol, Austria, (2008)., S. H. Contemporary, Shanghai (2008), Spectrum‘ Abu Dhabi (2009), – Opening Borders/Opening Objects –, Department of Visual Arts, University of Western Ontario, (2011). Louder Whisper – orality is every where – new sound art from India,curated by Meena Vari for CRISP. London college of communication…June 21st 20011, “Other Anecdotes” curated group show,06 Aug 2011 ,3521 Helms Ave. Culver City, CA 90232, Art Fair New Delhi – Gallery Artalive, 2012, Colombo Biennale-2012.

He lives and works in Bangalore.

Ravikumar Kashi (b. 1968)

Ravikumar Kashi was born in Bangalore in 1968. He completed his B.F.A. in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore in 1988. Further he completed M.F.A. in Printmaking from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in 1990 and M.A. in English, from Mysore University in 1995. In 2001 he studied handmade papermaking under J. Parry at the Papermaking Resource, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, with a grant from the Charles Wallace India Trust. In 2009 he learnt Hanji – traditional Korean paper making from Jang Yong Hoon and Seong Woo at Jang Ji Bang, Korea, with a funding from INKO Centre, Chennai.

Since 1991 he has had several solo shows in Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, and Hyderabad in India and London & Glasgow in U.K., Palo Alto, California, U.S.A., and Shanghai, China. His recent solo show ‘Game’ was exhibited at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and Chennai and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2010. His works have been part of several museum shows, numerous curated shows, group shows and art fairs in India and in New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, Berkeley, Munich, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Perth, Mexico, Toronto, Dubai, Nairobi, Burma including 10th Triennale of India in New Delhi and 11th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Japan; Arad Biennale, Romania. ‘Edge of Desire’ traveling show of Recent Indian art shown in Perth – Australia, New York – USA, Mexico- New Mexico, He was selected for ‘Best of Discovery’ section in Sh 07, International Art Fair, held in Shanghai, China. His works have been shown in Santa Fe International Art Fair and ArtAsia Fair in Miami in U.S.A and KIAF- Korea International Art Fair in Seoul. He has won Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi award three times and National Award in 2001. He also writes on art in Kannada and English published in various magazines and newspapers.

Seema Kohli (b. 1960)

Born in 1960, Seema Kohli has created her own niche in the world of contemporary art. Her creative repertoire is eclectic, encompassing a wide range of mediums ranging from painting, murals and films to installations, sculptures and installation performances each a unique expression of her style. Her rendition of ‘Ouroborus’ for the India Art Summit created a huge impact on viewers and critics alike. The Oroborous became an expression of the continuance of the cycle of birth, life and liberation. Fusing Indian and Greek philosophy, Seema created 84 paintings and 84 photographs as part of a performance installation to depict the continuation of life forms and positive recycling of life. She has to her credit, three murals for the Defence Ministry and has also recently completed a 10’ x 100’ mural at the Delhi International Airport, GMR T3. She received further acclaim for her creativity at the Florence Biennale, 2009 where she received a Gold Award for her video Swayamsiddha-Myth, Mind and Movement (“Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Ciia di Firenze, 7th Edizione 2009, 1 Premio “Video”, Firenze in Florence, Italy). She has also received the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation Women Achiever’s Award and the Lalit Kala National Award for Women in 2008. Seema has more than 20 solo shows exhibited in various galleries and art fairs in different parts of the world. Her works adorn the walls of many public and private collections, including more recently the Rubin Museum, New York.

Seema Kohli has held interactive sessions at the prestigious NGMA, Bangalore and at various museums and galleries across the world.

The artist currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.

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