Art Bengaluru is one of South India’s leading festivals of the arts. Over the last 7 editions, we’ve endeavoured to raise appreciation and awareness of the arts in all its forms –– from painting, sculpture, installations and photography, to music, dance and other performing art forms.

From showcasing established global and local artists, to serving as a platform for emerging artists and galleries from around the world, Art Bengaluru has always inspired. And this year, we’re looking to up the ante.

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When ?

2nd – 11th November 2018
11:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Where ?

UB CITY, #24, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore – 560 001
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Artists / Exhibitors

Showcasing the diversity of art across people, places and mediums with 17 artists, whose works will be in display all through the 2018 edition of the festival.

From steel sculpture to video installations, abstract photography to mixed media paintings, Art Bengaluru 2018 proudly showcases over 100 works of art.

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Ashish Dubey

A physicist by training with keen interest in photography and metaphysics, Ashish Dubey has been teaching at university level for over 20 years in Indore in the area of non-linear optics for which he received a PhD in 1998.

His conservation photography has raised awareness of dying wetlands. Homes to birds and reflections of the heavens, these beautiful habitats provide an opportunity to capture moments that exist very briefly during the intimate play of light.

He looks at photography to connect with the Supreme, as he believes that all art forms are an opportunity to engage with the unknown.

Ashu Gupta

Inspired by her love for doodling, Ashu Gupta’s enchanting pen and ink artworks are exquisite expressions of the artist’s love for nature. Made with patterns of intricate scribbles, circles and lines, Ashu’s landscapes and abstracts are layered and deep, offering the possibility for new interpretations each time one looks at them. Featuring mostly black and white compositions, Ashu’s subjects are always emphasized, with nothing to distract from the beauty of her pieces. An emerging artist with an aesthetic style that’s both distinct and confident, Ashu works and lives in Bangalore.

Besides various prestigious showcases, her works were shortlisted by the prestigious Lalit Kala Akademi Awards (2016-2017) and (2017-2018), Bombay Art Society Awards 2017, and many more

Balan Nambiar

The works of painter, sculptor, enamellist, photographer and academic researcher, Balan Nambiar, have been exhibited in national and international art exhibitions, including Venice Biennale in 1982; Constructa-78, Hannover, 1978 and Triennale India, New Delhi, 1975. His works are in the permanent collection of many museums, corporate bodies and institutions.

Many of his works are outdoor sculptures, some of them monumental. He has extensively studied and documented hundreds of ritual performances and art forms of the Indian west coast as Teyyam and Bhuta. He has received several awards both for creative works and academic research. Among these are the Lalit Kala Akademi National Award; Karnataka Lalitkala Academy Award; Nehru Fellowship and Senior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture. He is a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi and the Sangeetha Nataka Academy of Kerala. He received the Raja Ravi Verma Puraskaram by the Kerala Government in 2015.

Chandan Bhowmick

Painter and photographer, Chandan Bhowmick is interested in experimental work.

A Post Graduate (MFA Painting) from Government College of Art & Craft Kolkata he is occupied with formidable thoughts which flourish on canvas in their primitive forms of simplistic beauty.

Chandan’s works have been appreciated and lauded with honours such as the NIRMAN’ Award in 2008, the Rabindranath Tagore’ award in 2006-07 and Principal Award from Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship, 2003 amongst others. Chandan participates nationally and internationally, from Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi, State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, Nirvana Art Gallery and curated group shows in London, Mumbai and Kolkata; while he lives and works in Kolkata.

D Venkatapathy

D. Venkatapathy has always been an important member of the Madras Art Movement. A product of the Madras School of Arts, he is the senior most living founder member of the Cholamandal Artist Village, Chennai. Having widely exhibited all over the country, he is best known for his linear spacial drawings. His meticulous lines and textured drawings of hillscapes explore space and time in black and white.

He has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards. He lives and works in Chennai, India.

Devangana Kumar

A self taught artist, Devangana Kumar engages in the discourse of colonial hierarchy and aesthetics. Her personal history and her experiences as a student in Australia fuelled her interests in questions of caste – identity, slavery and racism.

Her first art series ‘Pageants of the Raj; The Workforce’ focuses on the lowest strata of society – the working class on whose shoulders the luxurious and comfortable lifestyle of a deeply hierarchical Indian society positions itself. Representation of stereotypes were evident in a number of photographs and memorabilia of the British Raj. She works as a conceptual artist reframing these existing colonial images and subverting the gaze by printing them on luxurious materials like velvet, embroidering, embellishing and encasing these large scrolls with ornamental borders.

Ganesh Selvaraj

Ganesh Selvaraj is one of the most talented and reflective artists emerging in Chennai. Interested in the process of being and of making, Ganesh’s paintings are conceptual and yet suggest essential forms, or in some cases voids, evoking a meditation upon the most basic questions of human experience – perception of our own experience of the world around us.

Ganesh Selvaraj has done his Bachelors and Masters in Fine arts from Chennai and Print Making from Edinburgh printmaker studio, UK. A recipient of numerous art awards and grands including Charles Wallace India Fellowship and Asia Pacific International art award, Seoul, Ganesh has participated in over 35 Group and Solo art exhibitions worldwide. His works can be found in many public and private collections in India and abroad.

Gurudas Shenoy

With over two decades of art practice behind him, Gurudas Shenoy has honed his skills and developed an inimitable style. A well-known personality, Shenoy has made significant contributions to the national and international art scene and the cultural ethos of Bangalore.

His murals are par excellence and form prominent landmarks in numerous centers of the corporate world. He has held solo exhibitions at leading art galleries in India, including several at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, and his paintings have been shown in major showcases of Indian contemporary art by the State and Central Lalit Kala Akademi. He has participated in nearly a hundred group shows in India and abroad.

Art historian and curator, Lina Vincent, observed “The surfaces become a meeting point for the real and the abstract. The canvases seem to speak, spontaneously, when Shenoy’s brush comes in contact with them.”
The artist lives and works in Bangalore.

Kavita Jaiswal

From the recognisable form for several years, was born the essence of the real when abstraction became the matrix of her work. Kavita Jaiswal has worked with several media and has expressed herself in the still as well as the moving image in drawing, painting, photography and video, and continues with her quest of over 30 years; each time engaging with her search for what it is that makes everything happen.

Her works have been widely exhibited all over the world, found in major collections like the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, The Alkazi Collection, Art Heritage New Delhi, Society for Scottish Artists, Edinburgh, Scotland, The Ravi Kumar Collection, Sahitya Kala Parishad New Delhi, Gallerie Alternatives, Gallerie Nvya New Delhi, The British Council, New Delhi, Gallery Time and Space, Bangalore and several other public and private collections. The artist lives and works in Gurgaon, Delhi.

Pallon Daruwala

Pallon Daruwala straddles the world of commercial and fine art photography with equal passion and facility. Educated at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, the Bangalore-based lensman became the first Indian member of International Association of Architectural Photographers (IAAP).

Architecture has always been a special area of interest to Pallon whose work has covered a wide spectrum of private and public spaces. Bitten by the travel bug from an early age, he has toured extensively and photographed some of the most exotic, intriguing and unexplored nooks, corners and people of the country.

In the last two and a half decades, Pallon has dealt with all areas of photography: landscape, still-life, fashion, portraiture, performance, interiors/exteriors, industrial, and design. His images are critically acclaimed for their high aesthetic character where lines, colours, light, shade and texture are highly nuanced, immaculately balanced and filled with deep feelings and emotions.

Parvathi Nayar

A contemporary visual artist who has set up her studio in Chennai, after living, painting and working in cities such as Singapore, London and Jakarta. She plays an active role in, and is deeply committed to supporting, the emerging renaissance of the contemporary in Chennai. She is best known for her videos and her complex drawing practices; and also engages with sculpture, painting and photography.

Founder and member of art collective – The Hashtag#Collective, she has showcased her works the world over, receiving awards over the years, from the Cecil Collins Drawing Award (London 2004), to The Victor Segalan Prix Special du Jury From The Victor Segalan Foundation (Huelgoat, Brittany, France 2016) and the Award for Contemporary Visual Art at The Global Malayalee Forum organised by Amma, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia 2015) amongst others.

Rohaan Sulaiman

Rohaan’s an explorer by choice and photographer by chance. A fascination for different cultures and the wilderness led him to travel the world. He uses photography as a means of capturing and documenting his love for adventure and the unknown. Being self-taught; his photographic journey began in his childhood with encouragement from his father and he has nurtured his technical skill and artistic eye by constantly learning and experimenting.

He is particularly skilled at capturing wildlife and portraits that help the viewer connect with the subject. Most of the things we see and encounter nowadays are artificial, fabricated, manipulated and dramatized with certain intentions we may or may not be aware of – Rohaan believes in presenting his craft with no editing; he has mastered the art of creating vibrant and colourful photographs without going too heavy on contrast or saturation. His work is presented in all its natural and raw glory making it relatable.

The works on display here are in two parts – an amalgamation of Rohaan’s travels to land of the Naga’s to delve deeper into their socio-cultural nuances and idiosyncrasies and; exploration of The Indian and African wilderness focusing on migration, habitats and conservation.

Curatorial Note

The art is here for the public and the public is here for the art.

Art in India still sorely lacks the awareness, appreciation and support that it receives internationally. Inconsistent governmental support and a lack of pro-art public policy, a dearth of quality galleries, museums and public art spaces, and only a handful of accessible art education institutions create a dynamic where art is largely misunderstood or ignored by the public. While the last decade has seen some positive development on this front, we are still a ways away from meaningfully bringing art to the masses and creating a society that is aware of, and takes pride in, the art and artists of their country.

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Events / Workshops

Workshops to offer a variety of imaginative and innovative hands-on creative sessions for artists, crafters, and makers of all abilities and skill levels.

We are committed to providing experiences that bring discovery and wonder through our Events and Performances.


Art Bengaluru, over the last seven editions, has defined the face of Contemporary Art & Culture in Bangalore. The Art Festival brings together a mélange of reputed artists and their works from across the world in an effort to increase art appreciation in the city and encourage fresh thinking.

Organizing an event of this scale wouldn’t be possible without a strong support system, for which credit goes to Prestige Group, Sublime Galleria & The Collection at UB City.


Art Bengaluru, South India’s only Contemporary Art Festival takes place each year at Bangalore’s favorite destination – UB City, which is centrally located in the business district of the city.

Abhishek Naidu
+91 98457 18661

Vinod Ramaswamy
+91 97396 76776
UB CITY, #24, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore – 560 001 +080 43744869

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