Kavita Nayar – Born 1957

Working in this field over the past three and a half decades. She works in all the mediums with equal ease, be it oil or acrylic on canvas, lithography, etchings, serigraphy or pastels on paper. She is forever trying to innovate and discover herself through her works. As an artist her works evolve a sense of capturing an emotional realm of experience, individual and holistic. Her expression of art is the rendering of the intangible which permeates through the spirit of nature in which her technique is a medium to reach. The pictorial expression -‘A means to an end’, thus delving into the Medium of Print making as an adventurous practice that combines technique with pictorial aspects.

Kavita received her BFA at Santiniketan (west Bengal),MFA from College of Art, New Delhi. Awarded French Govt. scholarship to work in lithography & etchings at Cite International Des Arts & Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1985-86. In 1990 she worked under a master printer in serigraphy in Luxembourg with creative Fund fellowship. In 1996 she went to Ruskin School of Art, Oxford (England) as a senior fellow with the fellowship of Charles Wallace India Trust.

Works have been shown at major international shows including the International Triennale of prints in Grenchen, Switzerland; Print Biennale in Japan, Bharat Bhawan in Bhopal, India, International Prints Exhibition in Poland, Print Biennale of Gyor in Hungary. Recipient of the senior and junior fellowships from the ministry of culture in India. In 2001 awarded the Honourable Mention in the 44th National exhibition by Lalit Kala Akademi. Awarded Lalit Kala Research grant in1984-85. Invited to participate in the 10th Triennale of India in 2001. She has held many solo shows in India & abroad including the Bose Pacia Modern in New York, Oxford University in England and Mahatma Gandhi Inst. In Mauritius,Otterbein University in Ohio. Attended International Workshops in Sweden, Paris, Mauritius, Hungary and Beijing. In 2OO8 Interacted with American students by presenting a paper on print making at Westerville, Columbus in USA.

On the academic level she has been contributing to the Fine art and design instituitions as a visiting faculty of College of Art in New Delhi, South Delhi Polytechnique, National Inst Of Fashion Technology in New Delhi , Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius and visiting professor at the Dept .of Fine Arts in Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. She is invited by various institutions to conduct workshops for the students in Print -Making. Invited as jury member in various important art Institutions in India. Kavita’s works are in the collections of museums in India, Paris, Poland, Germany, Sweden and United States. Also in major corporate houses, museums in India and abroad, including the Prime minister’s House in New Delhi. She has curated many exhibitions in Print making under the banner of “Multiple Encounters”.

She lives and works in New Delhi. She is a Trustee of Kala Sakshi Memorial Trust which gives scholarships and mentoring programmes to young talented students from fine arts colleges of India .She is role model, guide and guru to many of the younger generation of the artists.