About the Artist :
A self trained artist, Seema Kohli’s exhaustive practice that spans over three decades embraces a variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, installation and performance. The most significant one to emerge out of liner forms and paintings is ‘Performance Art’. Decay, hybridization & transformation: Creating new identity; reshaping belongings;
intimacy; a dialogue of matter and memory all constitute a visual language of her work. Her work is primarily a celebration of the female form and energy the source of the twin forces of creation and destruction. Shakti, the divine cosmic energy manifest through female embodiment has been extensively explored, engaged with, re-narratives and retold through Seema Kohli’s works.She has had 20 solo shows and has been a part of numerous national and international shows. She has participated in prestigious art fairs and Biennales like collateral event at Kochi Muziris Biennale 2015, collateral event at Venice Biennale 2015,2014, Hong Kong, 2015, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, Art Basel 2009, ARCO Spain 2010, Shanghai Art Fair 2011, Art Stage Singapore 2012, Beijing Biennale 2012, India Art Fair 2010,2013,2014,2015 She received further acclaim for her creativity at the Florence Biennale, 2009 where she received a Gold Award for her video Swayamsiddha-Myth, Mind and Movement .She has also received the Young FICCI Ladies Organization Women Achiever’s Award in 2010 and the Lalit Kala National Award for Women in 2008.
1981 B.A. (HON.) Philosophy, Miranda House, University of Delhi.
1983 Diploma in Applied Arts (ITI) , South Delhi Polytechnic, New Delhi.
2002 Worked in collaboration in Lithography with Mr. Devraj Dakoji.
2002, 2004 Worked in Bharat Bhawan.
2014 Unending dance of light, Raksh e shams,collateral event, Kochi Muzuris Biennale, Kochi
2011 Oroborus, Art Summit, presented by Gallery Nvya, New Delhi.
Syncronicity, Gallery Time and Space Bangalore and
Shristi Gallery ,Hyderabad.
2010 Myth is Reality by Gallery art and Soul, Mumbai.
2009 Mystical Narratives, Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore
2009 Swayam Siddha, curated by Dr. Alka Pande and presented by Gallery Nvya
• YOGA CHAKRA Curated by Sushma Bahl, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi
• Art Cinnamon , Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
• "The 377191 Wall" association with Kashish Mumbai and Queer Film Festival,Mumbai organized by Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
• Personal Structures Crossing Borders, 56th Venice Biennale Collateral event, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy.
• Forms of devotion, MOSA, Belgium at Lalit kala academy, New Delhi
• Poetry recitation and sculpture display organized by UNDP and StreeShakti at the Indian International centre, New Delhi
• Celebrating the feminine, Shristi art gallery, Hyderabad
• Indian Art Pavilion ASIAMANIA, C-Festival, Seoul, Korea
• Art for MEHAC, MEHAC foundation, Curated by Anoop Kamath, New Delhi
• Art for Concern Foundation, New Delhi
• India on Canvas, Khushi foundation, New Delhi
• Chausat yogini, collateral event with India Art Fair 2015, Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi
• India Art Fair 2015
• Art: A Dynamic process, Nitanjali art gallery, New Delhi
• Art & smile, Benefit exhibition, smile foundation, Bangalore
• A new portraiture, Art heritage, New Delhi
• Kairen Weber gallery, Hong Kong
• Window, Gallery Collection July-August 2014, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
• Annual Art Exhibition Art Heritage, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
• ‘India”- The Revealed Mysteries’ in conjunction with Venice Biennale 2014, Venice, Curated by
• Within Reach V, Gallery Nvya, New Delhi
• The Spirit of india, Gallery Nvya, New Delhi
• Infinite, Tao’s 14th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
• India Art Festival III, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
• ‘Confluence des Arts’ Group show of 100 Artists by Gallery Artchill, Amber fort, Jaipur
• Chamba Rumal by Forum art Gallery,Chennai, India.
• Devotion by Art Positive, New Delhi.
• Harvest-Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
• Women:Sacred and the temporal by Shristi Art Gallery, Hyderabad.
• DigitalArt by Forum Art Gallery,Art Chennai, Chennai.
• Devotion By Art Positive,VAG, New Delhi.
• Udarta By Indo Australian Collaberation, VAG, IHC, New Delhi.
• Annual Show by Chawla Art Gallery, VAG, IHC, New Delhi.
• In Search of Equiblirium-Shristi, Hyderabad.
• Panchtatva by Indian Art Fair 2011by Gallery Nvya, New Delhi.
• "Cross over " and Indo BanglaDesh joint endeavor curated by Sushma Bahl.
• Archana Sapra at IIC,New Delhi.
• Continnum by Lat 28, Singapore.
• Itheca curated by Ina Puri by Prakrit Art Gallery in LKA, New Delhi.
• Roop Katha curated by Ina Puri for Gallery Nvya.
• "I am living" nanhi chaan by Badal Foundation.
• “Lost Sparrow” at Threshold,New Delhi.
• “Shakti” at Kalakritti,Hyderabad.
• “Harvest” Arushi art Gallery,New delhi.
• Annual Show at Sara Arakkal Gallery,Bangalore.
• Nanhi Chhaan,Gurgoan,Haryana.
• Ecelectic Ensemble ,House of Art,New Delhi.
• Visual Ventures at Emami Chisel,kolkota.
• "Eye on India" by Teamwork Productions & Anookul Inc in - Chicago at Festival of Indian Arts and Culture
• Annual by lat 28, New delhi.
• Samay,Krisala Art, UK.
• ‘Pratibimb’—Reflections of Indian Art, Visual Arts Gallery presented by Dhoomimal City Gallery, New Delhi.
• Racism and Reconciliation, Art Konsult, curated by Sahar Zaman, New Delhi.
• Portrait of an Artist, Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi.
• A collection of individualistic works of art and jewellery, presented by Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai.
• Convergence, Art Positive, New Delhi.
• ‘10 x 10’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi.
• '‘Art Celebrates! 2010’ Sports and the City’, Lalit Kala Akademi, presented by Arushi Arts,
curated by Rupika Chawla, New Delhi.
• ‘The Art of Luck’: Card-o-logy II’, Gallery Le Sutra, presented by Samsara Art, curated by Jasmine
Shah Varma, Mumbai.
• 'Articulate ‘ by Pratham, Christie’s, London.
• 'Devotion-Transformation’, Art Positive, New Delhi.
• '7 Women Artists', Art Heritage 1, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.
• 'Where the Streets have no name', Salaam Baalak Trust Children, curated by Dr. Alka Pande, Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi.
• 'Fusion', Krisala Arts, Art Corridor, Taj West End, Bangalore.
• 'The Spirit of a Butterfly', Gallery Art & Soul, curated by Prayag Shukla, Mumbai.
• God vs Spirituality and Art Loot, Khushi, New Delhi.
• Art for Concern, Annual Art Show by Concern India Foundation, Shrishthi Art Gallery,
• 'At Eye Level', Art Select, curated by Karim Adrian Van Rogers.
• Journey V, Gallery Art & Soul, Mumbai.
• 'Annual Art Show' Pink Ginger Art Gallery, Mumbai.
• Evolve, Tao Art Gallery.
• Kumar Art Gallery.
• Master's Corner, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. Organised by the Indian Contemporary Art Journal.
• Moments, a group show to inaugurate the second space of Arushi Art Gallery,
• Living Art Expanse, O'Palacio Gallery, New Delhi.
• Secret and Sacred, Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi.
• Harmony, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
• Step By Step, Nitanjali, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi.
• Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
• Florence Biennale, Florence.
• DigiIndia by Teamwork, Gabaron Museum, Vallodalid, Spain.
• The Shore Institute of The Contemporary Arts, New Jersey.
• Satyagraha, presented by Teamwork, Vallodalid Spain.
• Beyond Boundaries, Visual Art, UK.
• Ashtanayika - Curated by Dr. Alka Pande, Stainless Gallery, New Delhi.
• Gandhi Centenary, curated by Teamwork, South Africa.
• Dus Mahavidya- book release and group show. Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi.
• Legends of India, ICCR, Kolkata.
• Annanya, curated by Sushma Bahl , Bajaj Capital Art House,
• Art for Freedom by Tehelka, AICON Art Gallery London.
• Baisakhi Show, Polka Art Gallery, New Delhi.
• Annual Show at Chawla Art Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi.
• 'Continuum' presented Udayan Care, curated by Sushma Bahl
• 'Artscape', curated by Sushma Bahl, Epicentre, Gurgoan.
• 'Aspirations', Sahaj Snakalp, curated by Archana B Sapra, Epicentre, Gurgoan.
• 'Sakti - Women in the vanguard of Indian Art', Indian Art Circle, New Delhi.
• Florence Biennial, Florence.
• 'Fact and Fiction', curated by Sushma K Bahl at SW 1 Gallery, London.
• 'Devotion' by Galleria.
• 'Art Mart', curated by Priya Pall and Hema Singh at Art Mart, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
• 'Confluence', by Gallery Art Pilgrim at the Trinity Towers, Mumbai.
• 'Vistaar', curated by Sushma K Bahl and presented by Limited Editions, at the Stainless Gallery, New Delhi.
• 'Devotion', by Art Positive at Alliance Française, New Delhi.
• 'Colors of Life' - by CPAA at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai.
• 'Art for concern' - by CIF at Taj Palace, New Delhi.
• 'Variable Strokes' - works by Fourteen Contemporary Artists from India.
• 'Shiksha' Show by Round Table India at Hyatt, New Delhi.
• Gallery Collection at Art Heritage, New Delhi.
• 'Devotion' by Art Positive at India Habitat Center, New Delhi.
• Gallery Collection by Art Heritage at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.
• Seven Women Artists Show at Bharat Bhawan, New Delhi.
• 'Polka - Different Strokes', by Arushi Arts, Delhi and Mumbai.
• 'Mumbai Se' Contemporary Indian Art Show, by Art Positive
• 'Harvest' by Arushi Arts, New Delhi.
• 'Devotion' by Art Positive at Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi.
• 'The Written Word' by Apparao Galleries Chennai.
• 'Journey Through Line, Colour and Images', by Krishna Gallery, LKA New Delhi.
• Arushi Arts Summer Show 2005, at Shridhirani Art Gallery, New Delhi.
• Two Man Show of drawings by Arushi Arts at Triveni Gallery, New Delhi.
• 'Art Felt - "The Mixed Bag" 100 years of CPI, Arpana Centre for Art & Literature, New Delhi.
• 'Harvest' Arushi Arts, Mumbai.
• 'The Picture Family Show' at Apparao Galleries, Chennai.
• 'Collage' - 5 Women Artists' Show at Art Cafe Launch, Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.
• 'Art for Vision' - Shankar Nathrayalya, LKG, New Delhi.
• 'Badal Raag', Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal.
• 'Harvest 2004' by Arushi Arts.
• 'Celebrating Women, 50 Women Artists' Show , Chemistry of Colours, Matigarh, New Delhi.
• 'Women on Women' by Indiacircle.com, New Delhi.
• Fankar Group, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi.
• Fankar Group, Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore.
• Absolute Art, Gurgaon, Haryana.
• 'Harmony' Show- 8, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
• 'Expression of Art', Vyakt Gallery, New Delhi.
• 'Heart & Soul', PBC, New Delhi.
• 'Harvest 2002', by Arushi Arts, New Delhi.
• UNDCP hold show on art at British Council Library, New Delhi.
• 'Daffodils', at Grand Hyatt, New Delhi.
• Karma Art Gallery, New Delhi.
• Russian Centre of Art Culture & Sports, New Delhi.
• 'Stree Shakti' at Habiart, Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
• 'Miniature Magic' at Habiart, Habitat Centre New Delhi.
• 'Reflections' at Swastika Gallery, New Delhi.
• 'Lines & Images' at Swastika Gallery, New Delhi.
• '20 Women Artists' by Indo-RAFAS, Russian Centre, New Delhi.
• 'Kaleidoscope' ISU Art Gallery, Singapore.
• 'And Buddha Smiled Again' Masters Guild - AFAL, New Delhi.
• 'Man in Nature' Studio 55, New Delhi.
• 'Sphote' - Habiart, New Delhi • 'Aparajita' Vhai for Gujarat Earth Quake Habitat Centre,
• New Delhi.
• 'Group' by Sir Vincent Gallery, Bangalore.
• 'Young Faces Of 2000' Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta.
• 'Art Folio' Chandigarh.
• 'Rainbow -1' Art Today, New Delhi.
• 'Rainbow -2' Art Today, New Delhi.
• 'Art Panorama' at CPLA, New Delhi.
• 'Art Junction' Hotel Intercontinental, New Delhi.
• 'Sangraha' Group Show at CPLA, New Delhi.
• 'Annual Show' by Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta.
• 'Summer Show' at Art Today New Delhi.
1998 ANZ Grindlays Bank, New Delhi.
1997 Sahitya Kala Parishad, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi
2014 F empowerment, outstanding achievement award, by molecule communication, Mumbai
2010 Young FICCI Ladies Organization Women Achiever's Awards.
2009 Gold Medal Florence Biennale - for 2-channel video installation, Swayamsiddha.
2008 Marg Drishti Award, South Delhi Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi.
2007 Lalit Kala Akademi National Awards for Women