Imagine having to choose from several art galleries because they are hosting concurrent shows! Well, this is no advertisement in Berlin or Edinburgh or such.
Pune Biennale 2017 brings to you a sheer treat for 15 days where local artists will showcase their cutting edge work based on the theme "IDENTITY & SELF". This exhibition, which is a collaboration with hosting galleries is an impulse to involve Pune artists to present contemporary works.

Pune art galleries invite you to come, participate, contribute and help unfold the theme through your creative involvement in this project. This platform seeks to benefit not only from your practice/work but also from your "Identity and Self".



Project Directors

Abir Patwardhan

Nitin Hadap

Sachin Nimbalkar


Amrita Katara

Born on 10th August, 1982 in Lamjewadi, Sachin Nimbalkar graduated from high school from the village of Kurkumbh in Pune. His aesthetic sensibilities led him to pursue art education in Shrirampur while he completed G.D. Art from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune and further completed his post-graduate Diploma from the prestigious M.S. University, Baroda. His teachers – Dilip Kadam in Pune and Vijay Bagodi in Baroda influenced his work while his gurus - Sachin Karne and P. D. Dhumal at Baroda have had an enormous and indelible impact on moulding him as an artist. He has received guidance and inspiration from stalwarts like Sudhir Patwardhan, Atul Dodiya, Prabhakar Kolte, K. G. Subramanyam, Jyoti Bhatt.

His rural background and lifestyle, folktales, historical ballads and the experience of the human condition in city-life where he resides are the raison d'être of his art.

Sachin endeavours to do experimental work in printmaking, painting, sculpture, videography and photography. The process of creation ofartwork itself serves as his inspiration. His work therefore cannot be constrained, and, is perpetually evolving.

Varsha Kharatmal who will present her work in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017, is a trained artist, and has held art shows across India. A hearing impaired artist, Varsha Kharatmal's happy, beaming smile bespeaks her bubbling enthusiasm and exuberance for life. A painter of extraordinary sensitivity and skill, her art speaks for her, expressing all that she cannot say in words.

She has exhibited in many group shows around the country. She has a list of awards to her credit. Most recent on is Shri D.V.Halbhavi National Award-2016 and also Yuva Kuncha Kalshree National Award.

Ramchandra Kharatmal, a participating artist in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017, holds a degree in Painting and Art Education. Has participated in several solo and group shows in national and international exhibitions and has won several awards at State and National levels. He has also won several scholarships. Many of his works belong to collectors from countries like U.S.A, Germany, Kenya, Hongkong.

Nasik born Deepak Sonar, who will showcase his work in Galleria during Pune Biennale 2017, studied G.D. ART from Abhinav Kala Mahavidhyalaya and completed his Diploma in Art Education from Sir JJ School Of Art (Mumbai).

Starting with figurative paintings in his initial years, slowly the figures vanished and the background became more prominent and his style lead to abstraction. His paintings are characterised by softness and sensuality - an outcome of several layers of paint.

He has exhibited his artworks in various solo and group shows all around the world and has 10 solo shows to his credit. He has also curated several shows and has won several awards and scholarships. His paintings are collected by several individuals and corporate houses in India and abroad.

Rahul Narwane, presenting in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017, focuses on the consious self-search involved in the process of painting which runs common among all art practices. When he chooses a surface like canvas or paper, it becomes one with space; shapes enter into space and this process of formation is painting to him. Being present at that moment of formation, means thinking about painting.

Sachin Bonde, presenting in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017, completed his B.F.A (Drawing & Painting) and from M.F.A (Printmaking) from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai and also received a fellowship from his alma mater.

His works study irony. Using proverbs, in Marathi, he tries to connect political borders, national flags, symbol’s of power or of nations with the underlying map of oil, by likening petrol pump nozzles to elephant trunks. In addition, a graph tracks the production of oil in the world and the centrality of oil to the debates on the coming referendum.

Through his interest in archaeology and political history, he also re-appropriates objects to satirize nihilism of right-wing politics, creating intricate sculptures that contain the politics of their materiality.
Art is a medium for him to respond to his surroundings; responses that stem from his fascination with how humans are inspired and dependent on animals. He gains inspiration also from myths, proverbs and sciences that relate to animals, as well as the economic change, globalisation and mall culture.

Prasad Nikumbh, who will showcase his work under the Galleria project of Pune Biennale 2017, completed his B.F.A. (Painting) from Govt. School Of Art, Aurangabad and M.F.A. (Printmaking) from Sir J.J.School Of Art, Mumbai.

His work is an attempt to shift the understandings of what is important and characteristic about the art process from its physical manifestations in the ‘expressive object’ to the process in its entirety. He focuses on this process, whose fundamental element is no longer the material ‘work of art’ but rather the development of an ‘experience’. An experience, being personal, affects your life due to which these theories assume importance in our social and educational life. Coming from a family which finds their livelihood through stitching, he is fascinated to show his observations through his work form.

A participating artist in galleria, Sucheta Gadge completed her B.F.A. (Print making) from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Fine Arts, Pune in 2007 and M.F.A (Print Making) from Sir J.J. School of art, Mumbai in 2016. A recipient of South central Zone Sponsorship award for solo show, Bombay art society, Maharashtra state Govt. she has not only participated in several workshops and residencies on the national Level, but also in solo and group shows in India and abroad. Her works oscillate between the flow of a river, animal life - wild and awake, almost audible, partitioning, siphoning off water supplies, draining, diversion and fragmentation of natural life.

Born at Moirang, Manipur, M.Thomas Singh successfully completed M.F.A. with a Gold medal from Rabindra Bharati University in 1999. He will present his work in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017. He has many research grants and awards to his credit. A participant of multiple workshops, artists camps and exhibitions all over the country, he is presently a faculty member of Department of Graphic Art, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.

An alumnus from National institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Falguni Gokhale will showcase her work in Galleria during Pune Biennale 2017. With approximately 25 years of design experience, she is also a specialist in communication and visual branding. Her rich experience in many areas of design, like branding, packaging, user interface design for software and publications has won her design company many national and international awards.

Falguni is also an artist and illustrator. She works on canvass, mixed media, fiber glass and copper.
She has held solo and group shows in Pune, Mumbai, Singapore, Johannesburg (India Festival). She also exhibited at the Curators show - UNITED ART FAIR, Delhi in 2013.

Pandurang Tathe, born in 1961 in Pune is an artist of extraordinary conviction and vision. He received his Government Diploma in painting in 1984 from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya and M.F.A Painting in 2016. His first solo show was held at the Jehangir Art Gallery in 1991. He has shown extensively in India and abroad and his work is widely recognized and awarded. From 1984 to 1988 in the span of 4 years he has won several prestigious awards.

Prof. Tathe is considered as one of the first rank abstractionist of our country. His work is part of several private as well as institutional collections, including the Bharat Bhavan (Bhopal) and Lalit Kala Academi (New Delhi). Prof. Thate lives in Pune and is a assistant lecturer at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya.

We are glad to have him as part of Galleria in Pune Biennale 2017!

Abhijeet Shinde: (1971) completed G.D. Art (Drawing & Painting) from Kalawishwa Mahavidyalaya, Sangli in 1992. Abhijeet has exhibited his works in and out of country. He is an award winner at Hyderabad Art Society (1992). He has attended several art camps and the most recent one was at Lonavala 2016 by Art heart. His style is unique and so are his thoughts. He is a very spiritual and simple person.

Kavita Nair will present under Galleria participatory project as part of Pune Biennale 2017. Her recent work is based on a belief that life is harmoniously symbiotic. A seed is buried in a womb and nourished by the mother through the umbilical cord. This cord is firmly bound to the fetus like the verdant stem holding the lotus up to bloom. These links and their power are reflected in her work through the womb, the fetus and the lotus; the mother is present in the form of the narrator - the artist herself.

Abir Patwardhan will coordinate a show in Balgandharva Art Gallery for Galleria project under Pune Biennale Foundation.
A Pune-based artist, he works from his studio-residency, just outside the city. Other than sculpture he is also interested in theatre. He is a founding member of a theatre company based in Bombay, who work with young adults as their target audiences.

Taniya Vaidya, who will be a part of Galleria, has focused for a decade on creating contemporary paintings using ancient natural dyeing techniques. Taniya has a Masters in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), USA (2013) and the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda (2003). In 2005-06, she was awarded the Lalit Kala Academy of Art scholarship for Artists.

Nitin Hadap is an artist and HOD of Fashion Designing Department, MNVTI, MKSSS, Pune; with a specialised interest in Indian Art History and the History of Modern Art. He has a PhD in archaeology on the subject ‘Composite Motifs in Indian Art’. A number of his articles and research papers have been published in various journals. He has documented ‘Konkan Woodwork art tradition’ with the support of Neharu Trust Award. He was recently awarded the fellowship by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India and has eight solo and several group exhibitions to his credit.

Murali Raman (1958), who will be presenting in Galleria at the Pune Biennale 2017, is a self-taught Mumbai-based artist, curator, scriptwriter & poet. Figuratives, conceptual/ cerebral logic, tantra find expression in his acrylics/ oils on canvas and paper, charcoal, multimedia/animation, art installations, wall murals, fiber glass, video work, short films, photography and poetry. An MA in literature, PR and Indian Aesthetics, is a creative ad-man, now a marketing communication consultant, writing & painting. He has exhibited paintings, photographs & art installations in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi as well on online websites; and has commissioned work around the world. He is comfortable equally with very large canvases and murals as well as contained canvases and installation art. Murali loves to visit ancient ruins and art museums wherever he travels.

Rahul Khandol will present his work in Galleria at the Pune Biennale 2017.

  Horse is the most painted subject in the history of painting. Horse is a symbol of power, victory, wisdom, endurance, spiritual. As Rahul loves these qualities, here he connects his self to the subject.

Filomina Pawar is a participating artist in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017.

Born on 3rd Jan 1968 in Maharashtra, India, Filomina Pawar believes that she is an artist by chance, not by choice. At the age of 30years, she was fortunate to engage with artists and architects. This creative involvement resulted in a genuine interest in arts, ultimately leading her on to study 20th Century Western art.

Since then, art is a way of life for her. She begins the process of developing ideas with an openness which allows a string of ideas to surface. She also believes in giving in completely to these ideas so that the mind and the body are completely involved in producing a work of art.

Balasaheb Nathu Chaudhari, a participating artist in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017, concedes that each of his artworks in its unique form is but the discovery of his own essence. The nature of abstraction in his work is not steady. Measuring the limit of his medium helps to realize his creative passions in visual forms.

He upholds that the medium for artistic expression does not only constitute the material objects outside the artist. The artist's own state of mind is also an integral part of the medium. Thus, he believes that if the change on the outside is not accompanied by the change of the mental state then creative expression is partial.

A creative and dedicated Visual Arts artist, teacher and an Art Based Practitioner committed to creating meaningful and stimulating art, Smita Raje Deshpande will showcase her work in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017.
She instills self-expression in her abstracts. She has exhibited her work in the US, Baroda and Pune. She has also volunteered at Adult Mental Health center at Arlington, USA and at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital as an art practitioner for the pediatric cancer patients where she practiced bed side art activities. Her work extends to conducting 'Know Your Child Better with Art' workshops for teachers and parents at Pune as also designing and conducting 'Enhance Communication Skills and Personality using Art as a Tool', courses for management students in Pune.
As an art based Practitioner she has presented a paper titled “Application of the arts-based therapy for pre-adolescents adversely impacted by the circumstantial vulnerabilities" at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune at the 13th BIENNIAL CONFERENCE of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (IACAM) in November 2015.
She also conducts Individual art therapy sessions, group therapy and individual sessions for learning abstract art through a therapeutic process. Brush, Palette and Coffee is her studio and Art Lane is her group which curates art.

A trained fashion designer, Vaishali Rajapurkar has been intensely and passionately involved in art. Training under various renowned artists in Pune for the last 25 years, she has been studying and practicing different styles in painting like abstracts and figurative. She believes that one needs to be versatile and your own style will come naturally to you. She describes the process in her own person as “Abstract came to me as a catharsis and has stayed with me, taking me along known and unknown paths of discovery. At times soothing, at times disturbing, but at all times an integral part of me.”

Pooza Kataria is a spatial artist and graduated from University of Pune with Bachelors degree in Architecture in 2013. Her artistic journey began with research on ‘Notions of Meditative Experiences’ during her MA in Interior and Spatial Design at University of Arts London, UK, where pieces like ‘Childhood Wood’ and ‘Blue Elude’ transpired and were very well received. Her installation ‘Found Beyond’ helped her bag the first place under visual arts category at the prestigious Kalaghoda Art Festival 2016.

Her work mainly comprises of colossal installations with the central theme of spatial experience, personal and social narratives. Currently, she is feeding her passion of art and design through her studio, ‘Dhi Atelier,’ which encompasses  her architectural and interior design practice along with her art experiments.

Susan Lobo will showcase her work in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017.
Born in Shillong, and raised in an army background, she traversed the length and breadth of India with her family during her early years. She is a Zoology major & qualified teacher from Cambridge University.

Susan's penchant for travel was kept alive by joining PanAm in its heyday, and this opportunity was further extended across international borders as a corporate wife, living in places as diverse as Japan, China, and the US.

Her Persona has progressed from an efficient airline trainer to a more empathetic mentor. She has taught Art, Math & Science to under privileged children in America & English to slum kids in Delhi.

She is a self-taught artist dabbling in Aqueous media from Water colors, Inks to Acrylics.

Born and brought up in Pune, Komal pursued her childhood passion to graduate from Sir J.J. School of Art (B.F.A.), Mumbai in 2003.

Her style includes minimalistic design and use of bold colours is a characteristic of her work. She derives inspiration from her travels. Every series has a new subject. One can see freshness in the subjects, style and application in her work.

She has had several solo and group shows all over India in her 13 years as an artist. Her work has not only been chosen for All India Women Artists exhibition in Chandigarh, but has also travelled overseas for Indian artists shows in Jakarta, Indonesia several times. It gives her immense pleasure to exhibit in her hometown as part of Galleria, Pune Binenale 2017. Her constant endeavour is to produce images with rich and vibrant colours, which are attractive and appeal to the viewers.

Born on 8th February 1987, Burhan Nagarwala has a Masters degree in Painting from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyala and will be a part of Galleria in Pune Biennale 2017. He is a full time artist and also a teacher. He has participated in several workshops, participated in various group shows, solo shows and is the recipient many awards.
Most of his artworks are conceptual, landscape, portraiture and experimental. He believes that an artist should never stop experimenting. He loves to play with colours and different  mediums. He follows the western painters and you can catch the glimpse of western colour scheme in all his works. It is his constant endeavour to remain open to what keeps springing surprises on his canvas, retaining the freshness of his work.

Roopa Deodhar will be a participating artist in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017.

Born and brought up in Pune, Roopa Deodhar completed her art education (GD Art Applied) from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune, with rank 1 in 1982.
After 2 years of experience as a visualiser in agencies like Lintas and Contour in Mumbai, she returned to Pune and started working as a freelance graphic designer.

Roopa has designed, as well as written; main concepts copies of various communication materials for different pharmaceutical and construction companies. She also designed house magazines for several industries around Pune and created fund-raising brochures for social organizations.

Photography is Roopa’s hobby, along with teaching and traveling.

Amrita Katara holds a Masters degree in Media and Communication from City University, London. Her love for the arts grew while studying at Wheaton College, USA, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Economics and Studio Art. Amrita honed her skills through several short courses at the University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins. Over the last few years, she has worked as a content writer and a brand servicing executive. She is currently exploring art as a profession under the guidance of artist Sujata Dharap and will be coordinating Galleria. She can be contacted on

Janaki Lele will be presenting her work in Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017.

An Architect, an obsessive recycler and a Paper Artist, Janaki is a Pune-bred artist, who currently calls Australia home. Her creations are a result of her endless explorations with the humble paper, whose fragility and flexibility is both a challenge and an inspiration for her work. She strives to create art that will incite amusement and curiosity in its viewers but leave an undemanding and modest footprint on the planet.

Ankeet Gujar, who will be part of Galleria, Pune Biennale 2017, is an artist whose work is highly influenced by Indian tradition and spirituality. He draws from the constant changing nature of life and moulds his memories and perspectives accordingly by constant conscious involvement in life. A deep understanding of the Self and the Soul has stemmed from constant new experiences which are expressed slowly and steadily, but maturely to a superior level through his practice.

He expresses his spirituality in his own way through paintings and has found a source of Energy in altruistic intentions and behavior.
His paintings are a representation of being cultural and traditional or at times conceptual. Each painting has a unique thought behind it. He relates to each visual as a process of building his own thoughts within a level of realization, at moments attached or detached to the space.

Eric G. C. Weets, who will be a part of Galleria during Pune Biennale 2017, was born on 3rd August 1951 in Merksem, Belgium. He resides in Asia sine the last 25 years, mostly in India, currently in Pune.

Human interactions inspire him and he is intrigued to see that people, who come from one tribal group, can have such different lifestyles and beliefs, after so many thousands of years. He observes the world from a distance and watches these chaotic relationships and interactions between people.

He wants to highlight the compactness, the intricate, complex inter-connectedness, the differences of world population and how he looks at it. He wishes to bring forth the complexity of everything and how "everything" cannot live with or without each other.

Through these semi-automatic drawings, he expresses how people are close to and distant from each other, simultaneously. He depicts, how one's action influences the behavior of someone else.  The complex and sometimes bizarre behavior between people and the strong influence of the past on the present fascinates him. His work is inspired from such complex, reciprocal actions and effects.

Meera George will be a part of Galleria in Pune Biennale 2017.

Part of the new generation of Indian artists under forty for whom art has no national boundaries, Meera George’s installations and multi-media artworks have had an international impact in a remarkably short time. After graduating in Fine Arts from Delhi College of Art and a Masters from the University of Kent, England, she was exposed to an international audience very early on. Recipient of five international art grants and residencies she has travelled, exhibited and conducted workshops throughout the globe.

Meera’s works are sensitive to gender and cross-cultural issues and at the same time are strongly autobiographical. The artist uses herself as props in her creative works. Her art reflects a synthesis of various visual styles juxtaposed with a personal narrative. Today, alongside her art practice she runs Class Art Studio in Pune, introducing art with a different sensibility to adults and children.