BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Anjolie Ela Menon is a renowned Indian painter and muralist with a body of work that spans six decades and multiple genres and mediums. Menon is known for her luminous paintings on masonite, made with translucent layers of paint that are burnished to a soft glow. Her style is inspired by modern artists Amadeo Modigliani and Maqbool Fida Husain as well … Continue reading Menon

Madhvi Parekh

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER One of India’s most celebrated modern artists, self-taught painter and printmaker Madhvi Parekh creates joyful scenes of rural life incorporating folk stories, local legends, and childhood memories. Inspired by Paul Klee and Joan Miró, her paintings have a surreal, dreamlike quality. The New Delhi–based artist began painting in the 1960s with encouragement from her husband, artist Manu Parekh. They are the … Continue reading Madhvi Parekh


BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Sheela Gowda is an artist living and working in Bangalore, India. She began painting in her early career but started to make three-dimensional work in the 1990s in reaction to the rapid progress of economic and cultural development in India. Now she is known for producing large-scale installation art in which she transforms everyday materials through hand-worked processes. The emphasis on … Continue reading Gowda

Thota Vaikuntam

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Thota Vaikuntam is known for his contemporary figurative paintings of residents of the Telangana region of India. His stylized portraits—which focus on their subjects’ garments and accessories—have earned him many awards, including the Bharat Bhavan Biennale Award in 1999 and the National Award for Painting from the Government of India in 1993. Vaikuntum trained at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda under Indian modern art pioneer K.G. Subramanyan In … Continue reading Thota Vaikuntam


BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Zarina Hashmi (16 July 1937 – 25 April 2020), known professionally as Zarina, was an Indian-American artist and printmaker based in New York City. Her work spans drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Associated with the Minimalist movement, her work utilized abstract and geometric forms in order to evoke a spiritual reaction from the viewer. Zarina’s art was informed by her identity as … Continue reading Zarina

Jeebesh Bagchi

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Jeebesh Bagchi is an Indian Asian Modern & Contemporary artist who was born in 1965.Numerous key galleries and museums such as Museum De Lakenhal have featured Jeebesh Bagchi’s work in the past. Jeebesh Bagchi has been featured in articles for Hyperallergic, Ocula and New York Times. The most recent article is Tai Kwun Contemporary Showcases ‘Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys’ written for ArtDaily in April 2021. Bagchi, along with … Continue reading Jeebesh Bagchi


BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Reena Saini Kallat (b. 1973, Delhi, India) graduated from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1996 with a B.F.A. in painting. Her practice – spanning painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation, often incorporates multiple mediums into a single work. She is interested in the role that memory plays, in not only what we choose to remember but how we think … Continue reading Kallat


BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Nikhil Chopra is an Indian contemporary artist based in Goa, India. Chopra’s art—a complex amalgam of durational performance, painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography—critically explores issues relating to identity, politics, history, and the body. Born in Kolkata to a Kashmiri family, after attaining a degree in commerce, Chopra began studying fine arts. After first completing a BFA at The Maharaja Sayajirao University … Continue reading Chopra

Jitish Kallat

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER Working in a diverse array of materials, Jitish Kallat makes installations, paintings, and sculptures that take inspiration from the people and paradoxes of his native city of Mumbai. His monumental sculptures, such as Eruda and Annexe (2006), mythologise India’s urban poor, whom he depicts as both disenfranchised and remarkably resilient. He cites a broad range of influences, from Pop art and Dada to Persian miniatures and billboards, coalescing in … Continue reading Jitish Kallat

Raqib Shaw

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER The Artist Raqib Shaw is known for opulent and intricately detailed paintings of fantastical worlds, often with surfaces inlaid with vibrantly coloured jewels and painted in enamel. His works reveal an eclectic fusion of influences—from Persian carpets and Northern Renaissance painting to industrial materials and Japanese lacquerware—and are often developed in series from literary, art historical, and mystical sources. Shaw has … Continue reading Raqib Shaw