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Shalini Biswajit (b.1965)

"I often engage with the feminine as a self portrait; a grapheme that is self-reflective and journalistic where nature, figuration, colour and space assume the mantle of protagonist. In the WomanEyes series, I am a Woman who exists in my own terms unfathomed by my surroundings. I hope to  provoke a sensory appeal that poses a challenge about possibilities and the aesthetics of spatial relationships. Alluding to the scent of a lotus that grows in slush and yet remains detached and unaffected by the mundaneness of its surroundings, it rises above the odds to bloom …. to aspire. I  visually and emotionally invoke a heightened awareness of the self, a thought provoking moment – one that lingers on …."

Shalini Biswajit is a painter and a sculptor and Director of Forum Art Gallery Chennai.  She has a master's degree in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College. She founded Forum Art Gallery in 1997, where she delivers a holistic art experience – art exhibitions, art consultation, art education and art therapy. At Forum Art Gallery, Shalini has curated close to 60 shows from 1997 and takes art closer to people through workshops and interactive art sessions.Shalini continues to exhibit her art widely in significant shows and Art Fairs in India and has taken her works and that of the gallery’s’ to New York, London and Kuala Lumpur. Her artworks are installed in public areas in Tamil Nadu and are also in private collections. 

Some selected solo and group shows that she has participated in are 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 and  Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2007, The Madras Canvas I and II, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai 2007, 2008, Detached Attachment, Vienna Virginia,2008, Feminine ‘I’, Art Space the gallery , Kuala Lumpur 2009, The Madras Canvas at ICC Kuala Lumpur 2010, Present in the Past, Taj Mount Road Chennai 2010  and Ever at Rest, solo show at Forum Art gallery 2009 and Kalakriti Gallery Hyderabad,2010, Art Bazaar, New York 2011 and Heart of Sculpture for Art Chennai, 2011 and 2012. She also exhibited her work at The India Art Festival, Mumbai 2011, 2012 and Aquarelle a group show at Sara Arakkal Gallery, Bangalore 2013, ‘Interface’, Forum Art Gallery, Art Chennai 2014., Concern India exhibition, 2014.  She has shown her paintings at  Jain Maronouchi Gallery New York and sculptures at Lana Santorelli Gallery in New Jersey.She was part of The Modern Masters, a group collective at Gnani Arts, Singapore in 2011.

Shalini has illustrated a children’s book titled King and Kiang for Tulika Publishers, 2007 and Oxford University Press, Pakistan. Shalini was the Chairperson (2011 – 2012) of Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) Chennai Chapter. Shalini received the FICCI FLO Award of Excellence in 2013 and the Globus Style Icon award for entrepreneurship in 2011.

The artist lives and works in Chennai.

 
Metaphors and Materials - March 12 - 12 , 2012
India Art Festival Mumbai - November 28 - 2 , 2012
ConCurrenCe at Kochi - December 8 - 16 , 2012
Heart of Sculpture - March 22 - 23 , 2011
ConCurrenCe - January 2 - 4 , 2013
Ever at Rest - February 12 - 14 , 2009
Present in the past - August 23 - 15 , 2010
The Madras Canvas @ KL - April 1 - 30 , 2010
India Art Festival 2011 - November 17 - 20 , 2011
Alay Payudhey - November 23 - 30 , 2013
Woman@rt - March 7 - 8 , 2011
Functional Art - March 27 - 24 , 2010
Interface - February 11 - 12 , 2014
Feminie I - January 22 - 22 , 2009
IAF2014 - November 27 - 30 , 2014
PADME - June 30 - 31 , 2015
PLETHORA OF GODS - October 14 - 14 , 2015
IAF - Delhi 2016 - January 14 - 17 , 2016
IAF - Mumbai 2016 - October 6 - 9 , 2016
The ART of Traditional GAMES - August 19 - 31 , 2017
Art and Hand Weaves - September 8 - 9 , 2017
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Shalini Biswajit