Artist Profile

Manisha Gera Baswani

Born in 1967, Manisha completed her B.F.A and M.F.A from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi in 1990 and 1992 respectively. She has held solo shows in Delhi, Madras and Bombay and has participated in prestigious group shows both within and outside India. She is a recipient of the National scholarship and Junior Fellowship from the Government of India in 1991-93 and 1995-97.

She also received the French Government scholarship to study in Paris in 1993. Her works are part of the collection at the National Gallery of Modern Art. She lives and works in New Delhi.

A painting is the ambrosia for the mind.The act of painting is a 360 degree exercise for me which allows meditative time, a structured discipline and immense personal gratification.

I delight in the viewer's interpretation, for I do not myself weave any message in my works.

Be it insects, galaxies, pop icons or ancient Indian murals, they all have a place on my canvas.

The elements I choose take a life of their own from one painting to the next because I leave them unfettered of any intellectual shackles. A night bird sits perched under the dark sky while a shower hangs precariously behind a curtain reminiscent of a Pichwai above a lotus pond