artists biography

gaurangi mehta shah is born in Mumbai, India. She has lived and travelled extensively for more than 11 years outside India, facing constant changes and uncertainties. Trying to adapt to new environments had brought about certain anxieties and the feeling of not belonging. A nomadic life was exciting but had its own challenges. The positive side – it allowed her the space to reflect, introspect and explore parts of herself which, she is seeing in her art. She is largely self-taught in acrylics, oil paints and mixed media.

She has revolved around the creative axis in her work-life choices, a web-designer, a pre-school teacher with over-imaginative kids, a story-teller for children, an ardent fan of upcycling objects into pieces of art and since the last 7 years, creating art.

She is inspired by writings of Freud and Jung and the ordinariness of life which invokes her imagination.

She now lives in Mumbai, India.

artist statement

Title: Self-portrait Medium: Pastel, charcoal and acrylic on watercolour paper Size: 11.7*16.5 inches (2017) Artist: gaurangi mehta shah
Self-portrait. Medium: Pastels, charcoal and acrylic on watercolour paper. Size: 11.7*16.5 inches (2017). Artist: gaurangi mehta shah

Behind every face is a story. Story of our self. Story of our internal and external journey. Stories of our lives, our experiences, our emotions. Stories of our world. Our memories. Our moments.

Art taps into our subconscious and finds its way out through colours, lines, marks, forms, symbols, all telling the story of us. It liberates, uplifts and inspires us in the end. My journey in art has allowed me to evolve. It has allowed me to express my feelings; of fears, triumphs, sorrow, anxiety and all the other qualities which make me human. I have been noticing that after every artwork I feel like I am standing on a cloud and this makes me want to create more and more.

This is an ongoing transformation. I feel like a butterfly slowly coming out of a cocoon. Freed more from self-imposed constraints, with each passing date. I express my stories drawing inspiration from my own experiences and my own life.

upcoming event

may 2020POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. Mumbai Art Marathon (MAM) – 19th to 21st May 2020, at Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

my ongoing journey of group exhibitions and sold works

march 2021Generation Art Exhibition– 2nd to 8th march, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.
september 2020Art Novelty Gallery – 21st to 24th september, an international online exhibition for the love of art, Mizoram, India.
may 2020Kala Sammelan – 12th to 31st may, an online charity exhibition for COVID-19 relief fund, Mumbai, India.
december 2019Global Art Fair – 13th to 15th dec, at World trade centre, Mumbai, India
march 2019Oman International Art Fair – 27th to 31st march, Muscat, Oman (sold 3 artworks)
march 2019Lodha World Tower – 8th march for women’s day celebration, Indra Danush, Mumbai, India
january 2019Colours of Spring – 10th to 13th jan, at 11, Cymroza Art gallery, Mumbai, India
october 2018upcycled products – Transformations in Shaadi Sakhi, Mumbai, India. (sold 6 pieces)
20174 sketches printed in a book ‘La tercera ladera del Rio’, Chile (sold 4 charcoal sketches)
2017Vision and Reality, Essex Art Exchange, Essex, UK
20162 paintings published in Botch magazine Autumn, Essex, UK
2015Kritvi creations in Lima, Peru (sold one painting)
2008media and newspaper coverage of my story-telling class – katha at Banjara hills, Hyderabad, India

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