I come from Kolkata, India, also called the ‘City of Joy’ for its people and the passion with which they lead their lives. This passion has undoubtedly found its way into my own conception and expression of the colors of life through my art.
I am an artist and photographer and a graduate of San Francisco Art Institute. I have been exhibiting in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and India since 2004. Some of the notable exhibits have been my solo exposition at the Academy of Fine Arts and Chitrakoot art gallery in Kolkata and shows at Stanford university, Togonon Gallery, Market Street Gallery and the Triton Museum in California. I have also been invited to participate in the Florence Biennale. I have received reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle, Time-out Singapore, Santa Clara weekly and Mountain View voice.
My works are mainly in acrylics and photography has come naturally as an artistic extension. I am more of an elemental photographer and believe in working with small elements that make up life as a whole.
I started teaching when marriage took me to the USA and continue to do so under the name ‘Chhavi’ now in Bengaluru. To be able to make a small little difference in people’s lives has been an continues to be an intensely gratifying experience for me.
I currently paint, photograph and educate out of my studio in Bengaluru.