IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2013

Dhanashree Gadiyar
Dhanashree Gadiyar
  Dhanashree Gadiyar

The foundations of my passion for art were formed during my undergraduate degree in "fine arts" painting at Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore, India and became deeper during my graduate degree in "Museology" in Vadodara, India.

The color palette I use is inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of folk culture and festivities of Western India. And although my culture is a driving inspiration behind my work, it hasn't stopped me from being inquisitive and exploring other cultures. The current theme of work "The shift" presents simple objects like moon in a metaphorical way to allow different and divergent interpretations by the audience which experiences it. I explore emotions by using bright colors that is seen throughout my work. The dream like quality in my paintings is explored in blue. I refrained from using facial characteristics so as to not obstruct the audience's imagination.

Also, I believe that drawing is an important practice for an artist to strive towards perfection and for evolution of new ideas. The drawings in my portfolio are a continued dialogue to my paintings and are focused on exploring the shift in human relationships. I have tried to achieve the same dream like quality in the charcoal drawings too, which is quite challenging with monotones. My curiosity and creativity result in a continuous evolution of my style, representing the diverse experiences of my life. I intend to continue the same process in future too and reach wider audiences, experimenting in three dimensional format using wood, steel and glass. I also want to create life size installation, in which the audience would be a part of the work.

For more of my work, have a look at my website


o Master of Arts(Fine),Museology
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India

May 2007
o Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting
Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, University of
Mysore, Mysore, India
o Mysore and Mysooru
o A collaboration with other artists from Mysore, India, which has been undertaken to highlight the heritage buildings of the historic city and raise an awareness to save them from destruction due to rapid development of the city area. Contributed two paintings depicting heritage structures in a nostalgic manner
Selected shows(group)
April 2012
o "Tuche(sparsh)"a group show of paintings, sculpture and installations
Exhibition hall, Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, India

September 2010
o "Melange-where differences meet"
Exhibition hall, Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, India

September 2006
o "Dasara Art Exhibition"
Karnataka Nataka Academy, Rangayana, Mysore, India

September 2006
o "Dasara Art Exhibition"
Dasara Exhibition Hall, Mysore, India

Solo show
"The Shift"
Sundance Café and Wine Bar, Stamford, U.S.A

Relevant Work
Sep 2010 through current
o Freelance Artist

July 2010 through Aug 2010
o Residency
Shimeesha Art, Vadodara, India
o Worked to create installation which fuses painting and wooden sculpture

May 2007 through April 2008
o Lecturer
University School of Design, University of Mysore
o Was involved in teaching art to underprivileged children between ages five and thirteen.
o Taught students techniques of coloring and among other things, expressing themselves freely via art.
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