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Seema Kohli

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Birth year

Works in
New Delhi


performance, installation, sculpture


A self trained artist, Seema Kohli’s exhaustive practice that spans over three decades embraces a variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, installation and films. Her work is primarily a celebration of the female form and energy the source of the twin forces of creation and destruction. A contemporary chronicler of the ancient myths and mythological figures of India,Kohli explores the themes of beauty, sensuality and spirituality through her work. Kohli’s harmonious compositions and intricate detailing with an exceptional use of gold leaf and blue render a fantastical world of stories, myths and legends. Deeply meditative and calm, Kohli’s semi-anthropomorphic divinities surround themselves with trees, birds and animals in the lap of nature. A visual storyteller, she weaves stories that are not autobiographical but deeply personal. Yet, they are universal at the same time. It is the participation of the viewer that extends the meaning of the work and each time a new story unfolds. Continually nudging at the boundaries of myth and reality,self and the other,Kohli  has extended the boundary of her practice spilling it across the canvas of life. For Kohli, art and life truly intersect.

She has had 20 solo shows and has been a part of numerous national and international shows. She has participated in prestigious art fairs like Art Basel 2009, ARCO Spain 2010,Shanghai Art Fair2011, ArtStage Singapore 2012.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.

Her works can be seen as public art at the Delhi International Airport, Mumbai International/Domestic Airport, the Defense Ministry, Tata Residency, Tata Steel, Jindal Steel, VLCC, Manipal University, Hotel Leela Palace, and New Delhi. Seema was also a part of the Art for Freedom at Bonham’s Auction, Christies and Sotheby’s, Khushii Auction 2007, Florence Biennial 2008.Her latest installation work has been acquired by ONGC, New Delhi for display in their public atrium.

Her paintings are in collections with H.E. The President of Singapore Mr. S.R. Nathan; Chairman of the Arts Council of Singapore Mr. Liu Thai Ker; Norway High Commissioner Mr. Arney Walther; Camlin, UNDCP, Raj Niwas, Pondicherry: Northern Railways, Indian Railways, CCS India, Bharat Bhawan Bhopal, Lalit Kala and Sahitya Kala Akademi, Goa museum Of Art and more recently Rubin Museum, Private Collections, NY, USA and many more collectors in India and abroad.

Seema has also held interactive sessions and lectures about her works at Ted X Chennai[2012],NGMA, Bangalore[2011],Modula Conceptions, Dubai[2011], IFRD, Mumbai[2012], Indo Bangladesh  Cross Over[2012], The International Women Forum, Chennai [2012] and WIN Conference,Rome[2012].

She currently lives and works in New Delhi, India. 

Recent Exhibits

Seema Kohli participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 Painted Elephants
Art Alive Gallery, Delhi
Mar, 2016 VAMA 2013, 2016
Mati Ghar (IGNCA Exhibition Gallery) AIFACS New Delhi
Dec, 2015 The Other Self
Gallery Art and Soul
Dec, 2015 The Other Self
Jehangir Art Gallery,kala ghoda Mumbai/ INDIA
Dec, 2014 The Mahatma: A Charity Exhibition for the Mahatma Gandhi Statue
Art Alive Gallery, Delhi
Aug, 2014 Transformation
Karin Weber Gallery
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