Guest Post: 13 women artists from India that you need to know about

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There have always been women artists, but their work isn’t acknowledged as often as their male counterparts. This is a problem for me, because, being an art lover and a female, I want to see the world from the point of view of other women.

I think this is especially important in our country, which is still struggling to fade out patriarchy. The women artists I’ve selected are genuine talents, in my humble opinion, and they are from different walks of life. Each of them has a distinct style. Some of them are instantly recognizable, while others have yet to figure out their artistic voice. Whatever the case might be, these Indian female contemporary artists are ushering in exciting times for art lovers like me!

 

 1. Saloni Sinha

Saloni Sinha
If there’s anyone in India whom I’d like to treat to drinks so that I get to know how they think and see the world, it would be Saloni. I’m not sure what exactly it is about her style that helps me, but I find her art incredibly therapeutic. I also dig the name she goes by – Morbid Illusion – which has the nicest ring to it, in my head. Oh, and she has this cool vector art Noun Project, which I highly recommend. Also, her website.
 

2. Shikha Nambiar

Shikha Nambiar

Bangalore-based Shikha is really special to me not only because she sent me some amazing bookmarks by post that were illustrated by her but also because her work takes me back to childhood. The doodle-like strokes, colourful palette and wonderful typography make me want to check out everything new that she puts up. To see why I’m so enamoured, you have to check out her Facebook page Sunny Skies Starry Eyes, where she’s also doing a hand-lettered animal alphabet series at the moment.

 

3. Pia Meenakshi

Pia Meenakshi
When I think of Pia, I can always imagine a shy illustrator-cum-tattoo artist from Bangalore whom I once interviewed about her collection of natural curiosities, which included animal skulls, butterflies, feathers, snake skins, flowers and what not! Over time, I have seen her art evolve and each interview I read of Gumani (her artist name) fascinates me even more. Her work is bold and self-explanatory, and I would totally get a tattoo done from her at Studio Gumani. I suggest you do too!

4. Li-Anne Dias

Li-Anne Dias

I recently came across Li-Anne, a San Fransisco-based artist illustrator/graphic designer of Indian origin whom I fell in love with instantly. Her visual style is rich and full of colours, little patterns and pen strokes that speak volumes. Check out her work and her awesome GIFs on her website.

 

5, Aleesha Nandhra

Aleesha Nandhra
I found London-based Aleesha on Masala Chai, an amazing South Asian art blog. Being away from India, there are a lot of interesting nuances about what she remembers or misses here that tend to come out in her work. I also enjoy seeing how anything and everything can inspire her. My most recent favourite work of hers is her David Bowie illustration (R.I.P), which you can see here. Check out Aleesha’s work here.
 

6. Yashasvi Mathis

Yashasvi Mathis
I can’t say I know too much about Yashasvi, and that’s probably a reflection of her artwork and style. From creating art for bands like Pink Noise, which requires a certain amount of experimentalism in oneself to create, to surreal colourful portraits, her work intrigues me, and definitely makes her one of my Top 20. Go show her some love here.
 

7. Sonali Zohra

Sonali Zohra
Sonali aka Dangercat is one of my all-time heroines of the Indian art world. Her work is fresh, contemporary, extremely stylized and makes even the most mundane subjects look amazing. I’d definitely want to hang a poster of her artwork in my room. And she designed this amazing smoking paper for B.E.Hemp, so you just end up loving her by default. Here’s her Behance page so that you too can devour her art!
 

8. Nupur Panemanglor

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Nupur was another revelation thanks to Masala Chai. Her water colour illustrations are so simple and relatable that they’re a sheer joy to look at. There’s also something about the expressions in her subjects that are rather compelling, as are the stunning patterns she often creates in her work. See if you can figure out what I’m trying to say by checking out her art here.

 

9. Anya Rangaswami

Anya Rangaswami
This NID-graduated graphic designers is one of my recent finds, and I love her take at minimalism and her experiments with typography. Anya is the kind of person I’d want to hire for creating my logo or taking care of my brand’s look, if I had a brand under me. Check out her Piece of Cake series and other works on her ultra-minimal website.
 

10. Prabha Mallya

Prabha Mallya
If you’re a fan of Manta Ray Comics (R.I.P), Prabha’s name will certainly ring a bell. This amazing illustration and comic book artist is one of the most versatile artists I’ve come across, and whether it’s black and white or colour, her style is so well-defined that you’ll know it’s her at work when you see her art. She’s also an illustrator for children’s books, which are beautiful and exactly what I would have liked to grow up with. Ah well. Enjoy Prabha’s art on her website.

11. Rachna Ravi

Rachna Ravi
I don’t know Rachna, but going by the GIFs she shares on her Facebook page – Rachna Ravi, I think we’re soul sisters. Her hand-drawn and painted illustrations are unlike any Indian artists’ work that I’ve come across, with an almost magical quality to them, and making her worthy of the title ‘Sketching Queen of India’. Delight yourself in her world at Murky Workings.
 

12. Surasti KP

Surasti KP
I was given a glimpse of the extent of Surasti’s talent during her Srishti Grad Show, where she had meticulously created ‘Mirages of the Past’ – illustrated and detailed maps of Bangalore. I then started following her work on Instagram, and have since thoroughly enjoyed her playful watercolour illustrations, graphic design projects and intriguing patterns. It makes me proud to know that there’s such talented artists in our country, full of creativity and energy to go out and make a difference. Check out Surasti’s work here.

13. Katyayani Singh

Katyayani Singh
I haven’t followed Katyayani’s work for too long, but I have definitely been excited by what I have seen. There’s an element of the crazies (in the best possible way) in her work, and whether it’s the dark themes explored in her sketches or her spectacular alphabet collages series, her style is unique and definitely one to look out for. Her Behance page is a good place to start.

 

 

Rohini

This list was compiled by Rohini Kejriwal, a Calcutta-based curator of all kinds of lovely things on The Alipore Post, her art/poetry newsletter. She also co-curates Art&Found, a Mumbai-based platform for limited edition and original works by Indian artists. You can follow Rohini on her Twitter and Instagram

Rohini Kejriwal
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Rohini Kejriwal, a Calcutta-based curator of all kinds of lovely things on The Alipore Post, her art/poetry newsletter. She also co-curates Art&Found, a Mumbai-based platform for limited edition and original works by Indian artists. You can follow Rohini on her Twitter and Instagram: @woohoochild

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