Shambhavi (born 1966) is a painter, printmaker, and installation artist currently based in New Delhi, India. Her artistic practice includes a wide variety of processes and media. Her work is largely non-figurative and focuses on the relationship between man and nature, as well as the social and metaphysical condition of the agricultural worker.
Shambhavi’s work is grounded in her upbringing in Bihar, which she said “nurtured and evolved her creative language.” But her extensive travels abroad – she has taken part in several art projects in the Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore – helped to clarify her interest in the relationship between nature and man. Shambhavi has worked in paint, printmaking, sculpture, video installation, and other new media.
Her work has been exhibited in solo shows as well as selected group shows in India, Singapore, Austria (Vienna & Salzburg), South Africa (Durban & Cape Town), Australia (Melbourne & Brisbane), New York, and the Netherlands. Her work was recently added to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The most recent showcase of her work has been at the 2018 Kochi Muzhiris Biennale.
Born in Patna (India)
Lives and Works in Greater Noida, (India)
1990 – 1992
Master of Fine Arts, Painting College of Arts, New Delhi, India.
Bachelor in Fine Arts Painting, College of Fine Arts & Crafts, Patna, India.
Maati. Maa. Earth Mother, Talwar Gallery, New York
Reaper’s Melody, Talwar Gallery, New Delhi
Lonely Furrow, Talwar Gallery, New York
Lonely Furrow, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Lullaby, Talwar Gallery, New Delhi
A bird and 2000 echoes (works from 2001-2006), Talwar Gallery, New York
A bird and 2000 echoes, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Passage from India, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
Natal Society of Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Earth And Sky, Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam
Birds Eye, Foundation for Indian Artist, Amsterdam
Vigorous, Gallery Chemould, Bombay
Passion For Home, Foundation for Indian Artist, Amsterdam
The Gallery, Madras.
Dawn, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.
Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
Kochi Muziris Biennale, Curated by Anita Dube
Mythopoetic, the Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia, Curated by Marnie Dean.
We are like this only (curated Vidya Shivdas), Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Abstraction is still Kicking and Alive (curated by Himanshu Desai), Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Amrita Sher-Gil Revisited: Celebrations of Women by Women Artists, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.
Unshackled Spirit, Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi
Edge of the Century (curated by Amit Mukopadhya), Art Ink, New Delhi
Bilkool, The Next Wave Festival of Young Artists (curated by Louise Paramore), Perth (Australia)
Gallery artist group show (Curated by Louise Winjinberg), Gallery FIA, Amsterdam
New perceptions, image, media, Centre for Art & Literature, Delhi (organized by CIMA, Calcutta)
Colours of Independence, NGMA, New Delhi (curated by Rakhi Sarkar)
Gift for India, SAHMAT.
Kaleidoscope: art from transcultural perspective, ISIS in Utrecht (NL) (Curated by Louise Winjinberg), Gallery FIA, Amsterdam
Post Card for Gandhi, organized by SAHMAT.
Young Generation from Bihar Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.
Drawing 1994 (Curated by Prayag Shukla), Gallery Escape, New Delhi
Indian Contemporary Art and Le Corbusier in Chandigarh, India, Kunsthal, Rotterdam
Six young Artists, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Nine Contemporary Indian Artists, Gemente Museum, Arnheim, The Netherlands & Gallery FIA, Amsterdam
National Art Exhibition, Rabindra Bhawan
Contemporary Artists of Bihar, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi
National Art Exhibition, Madras
Young Painters of Bihar, Patna, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
Inter-University National Youth Festival, Madras
Group ‘AB’ Exhibition Patna, Bihar. All India Drawing.
Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore.
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa. With participation in Exhibition Holland South Africa Line (HSAL) at The Castle, Willam Fehr Collection. Cape Town
Midnight Song on Twelve pages at Greatmore Studio, Cape Town, South Africa
Art+Public at Perifery on Brahmputra river in Guwahati, Assam.
International workshop, Khoj Bihar, Taru Mitra, Patna.
International Workshop, Khoj Kashmir, Srinagar.
“Public Sphere –Private Sphere: is the boundary collapsing in contemporary Indian art practice”? Multi-media Art workshop and symposium, on the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee at the Lalit Kala Kendra, Bhubaneswar
6th KHOJ International Workshop Mysore
Artist of India / IPCL Baroda, Invited by Nagji Patel.
Young Artist of India, CMC Gallery, New Delhi.
The search within: Art between Implosion and Explosion Pernegg Monastery, Vienna;
Bildungshaus, Virgil, Salzburg; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi & Mumbai
Project on “Kali”, Tropen Museum, Amsterdam
Skin of A White Lady. Curator: Els Reijnders (FIA), Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Light and Enlightenment organized by Foundation for Indian Artist Amsterdam at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Awards & Fellowship
Senior Fellow, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
Kumud Sharma Award, award for senior artist’s lifelong achievement conferred by Government of Bihar
All India contemporary women art exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi
‘Vishisht Sewa Samman’, Journalist Association, Patna, Bihar.
Research Grant Scholarship, Lalit Kala Akadami, New Delhi (Worked at regional centre in Lucknow)
Prem Chand Yuva Mahotsava, Patna