Fine Art Awardees 2019: Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai, Divyesh Undaviya, Pranay Dutta and Sarmistha Bose
The 2019 Fine Art award Presentation Ceremony was held on February 2nd at the India Art Fair in Delhi. The evening was a wonderful affair wherein this year’s awardees were introduced by artists and Inlaks alumna Manisha Parekh and presented their awards by India Art Fair Director Jagdip Jagpal.
The evening was brought to an close with a few words by Professor Chauhan followed by wine and canapes.
Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai
Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai was born in Himayoupur. She has a BFA in Painting from the Aligarh Muslim University and a Master’s from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. In January 2018 she submitted her Ph.D thesis at Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh Rajnandgaon.
She has participated in several group exhibitions such as R.A.P.E. (rare action of political engagement) curated by Jhony M.L., at the Gallery Art Bull Pvt. Ltd., LadoSarai, New Delhi, (2013); Cause Celebre at the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, (2013); and the annual exhibition Kalam Festival at the Faculty of Fine Arts, J.M.I., New Delhi, 2013.
She is currently works and lives in Delhi.
Divyesh Unadaviya’s practice explores the physical manifestation and the ideas, notions and conventions associated with space. He recently graduated from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda with a B.V.A (Painting).
He has exhibited his works at Zarra a Preview Show, Baroda (2017); Art Mondiale India Art Awards, Ahmedabad (2017); 58th National Exhibition of Art by the National Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in Bangalore (2016); and Art for All-A Contemporary Art Show of Paintings and Sculptures, Baroda (2016).
He has also received the Nasreen Mohamedi Best Display Award (2017) and Honorary Mention for Emerging Artist Award by FICA (2017).
Pranay Dutta’s practice explores the idea of manmade dystopia and investigates it through ecological, economic and cultural landscapes. He has a B.V.A. from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda (2016) where he is currently pursuing an M.V.A.
His recent exhibitions include, Building Bridges, a group exhibition in collaboration with the Emergent Art Space, USA and Ushmita Sahu, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore (2018); Turn of the Tide at the Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi (2018); and Horizon Against Nature, a collateral exhibition at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by Finlay Taylor, Vaibhav Raj Shah and Jasone Miranda-Bilbao (2016).
Sarmistha Bose’s practice explores the possibility of paper as a material rather than a surface waiting for an artist to create a mark. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Printmaking from the Department of Fine Arts, SN School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad. She has received a BFA (Painting) from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan (2017) and a BSc (Mathematics) from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata (2009).
She is the recipient of the Kala Sakshi Award (2018); Kalanand Award from Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation (2017, 2016); and Merit Scholarship from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan (2015).