Artist Profile

Born in 1974, brought up in Bombay, Payal received her first Art Scholarship at the National Board Level when she stood first in her I.C.S.E exams in 1990.She received her diploma in Fashion Design from S.N.D.T. University, Bombay in 1995 after several awards for construction, design, and illustrations, and a national award for designer of the year in 1994.

In 1995 Payal moved to New York City where she currently resides, to pursue a degree at Parsons School of Design. She graduated in 1999 with honors, with a BFA in illustration and a minor in Fine Arts. After having sold most of her senior thesis exhibited at her graduating show in a gallery in New York, she has gone on to display her works in a local, in an auction held by a South Asian women's rights organization in New York City, and more recently in a group show in Bombay. in text she draws her inspirations from color, texture, and structure. Creating an orchestration of hues and a quiet interplay of glazes, her paintings manipulate and explore a new vocabulary to communicate, that which is the emotion behind an experience.

"Using color as a metaphor, I have struggled, I have drawn from the past. But it is not personal; the feeling it evokes in me needn't be what it evokes in another; I am hesitant therefore to the work, to use a written language to explain a visual one. I fear it interferes with its purpose. While in progress its purpose is to relive the experience, but once complete it assumes its own life. In the end, the viewer has his own relationship with the work; if it evokes a response in him different than the original stimuli, it is successful still, in that now there are two sets of experiences."