KAVITA SHAH - Artist - Art Educator 

I am a visual artist with a master’s degree in printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (1985).


My next project is research on festival prints held in Paris called Le Mois de L’Estemps in the month of May 2020.

After graduation, I taught art in schools for a couple of years and was offered a fellowship by the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, from 1988 to 1990. In my two years there, I focused on lithography and linocut. Towards the end of my tenure, I also had the opportunity to participate in a papermaking workshop with Prof. Jan Baker from USA.


I have enjoyed working in Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1995-97), a vibrant multidisciplinary art center with an exhaustive library on literature and music, well-established ceramic and print-making studios, museums of tribal and contemporary art, and a great theatre repertoire.  I had the most wonderful time working in various disciplines, from ceramics to theatre design to art direction for films, during my stay there.

In 1997, on the occasion of the 50th Year of Indian Independence, the French government invited five Indian printmakers to work in an atelier in Paris for 2 weeks. My name was among the chosen five.  It was a very well-organized program supported by Novotel Hotels and L'Association Française d'Action Artistique (AFAA).  My print studio of choice was Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut, and our work produced during the program was displayed in their National Assembly  and in Le Mois de l'Estampe.

In 1998, I worked with Robert Blackburn in his Print Making Workshop in New York.  Inspired by Bob, on my return to India, with my artist friends, I started a cooperative print making studio named Chhaap. The purpose was to create a facility for us, and for other young artists, to print. To fulfill our objective of popularizing print as an art form, and to promote other contemporary art, we created many print portfolios by contemporary artists, conducted workshops, and started Artist–in-Residence programs.

My focus shifted from the narrative-figurative style, which was very prominent in Fine Arts colleges in the early ‘80s, to non-figurative explorations. Travelling to Paris and New York gave me the opportunity to see contemporary art and new trends. The international exposure also provided inspiration to rethink, restructure, and relocate myself in the larger picture.

In 2006, ‘Footprints - Women in printmaking’ was my first  large project of curating a show. Supported by Hivos, the show comprised three generations of women printmakers from India, Hongkong, Pakistan,  UK, and the US. In a well-designed catalogue, the participants shared their views about the challenges and advantages of being a woman printmaker. It was planned as a travelling show that went from Vadodara to Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Bangalore, and a part of it was also presented at the Southern Graphic Council symposium in Kansas City, USA.

Impact 5 international was held in 2007 in Tallin, Estonia, where I presented a talk on the history of  contemporary printmaking of India. The five-day symposium was packed with workshops, talks, exhibitions, and networking. It was a beautifully enriching experience for me.  Soon after returning from Estonia, I floated an exchange portfolio project on the theme of Ganjifa (Persian name for the game of deck of cards).  One card each was created by 54 printmakers  from more than 14 countries.  Each artist received a set of 54 prints and exhibited in their own countries. I had mounted the show that travelled to many cities in India and to Bristol in the Impact 7 conference in 2009.


Following the success of Ganjifa, many other exchange portfolios followed on the theme of different board games, like Snakes and Ladders and Chess. I curated  a segment of the first Print Biennial of China Art Academy in Hangzhou in 2015. The same year, I also attended the board meeting of Res Artis in Slovakia with 9 other members from different countries.


From 2005 to 2015, I served as Associate Professor in an architecture college, teaching basic design and electives of art.  Along with my work, I was interested in academics and art management.  I felt teaching was the best way to learn. Working  with young students gives a different kind of energy and a fresh outlook.


I received the Art Think South Asia fellowship, designed for art managers. Organized by Khoj, Goethe Institute and British Council, this began with residential training in Delhi by international coaches on finance, strategy, digital media, and management. It concluded  with a secondment in Berlin. An extremely well-designed course, this gave me lot of insights and skills to organize programs at Chhaap Foundation.


During 2016-17, I did a project with Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, as a consultant to refurbish their printmaking studio, presses, tools, etc., as well as  studio structure and planning of workshops and other activities.  I curated two shows in their  PRINT exhibition and participated in the symposium panel  on Curator, Collector, and Collectives.

2019 was an exciting year for me, as I went to Otterbein University, Ohio, USA as an artist in residence and held a solo show in the Miller Gallery. I also gave a talk on my work at the Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative,  School of Visual Arts, Boston University, and School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa.


My next project is research on festival prints held in Paris called Le Mois de L’Estemps in the month of May 2020.


1997 Diploma in French Language from Alliance Française, under French Embassy, Bhopal

1992 Junior Research Fellowship / Lecturer ship by UGC (NET)

1985 Masters Visual Arts (Printmaking) Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Vadodara.

         Area of specialization: Etching, Linocut and Lithography

1983 Bachelor Visual Arts  (Painting) Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara 

         Area of specialization : Painting, drawing, photography, ceramics


Professional Career –

Print Making, Art Education

2016-18 Consultant for print making workshop at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

2016- 19 Mentor at Art1st, NTS Kokata, DPS Surat and DPS Pune

2005- 15 Associate Professor, College of Architecture, S.V.I.T. Vasad

2000-   Managing Trustee of Chhaap Foundation for Print making Trust.

            Conducted workshops: Mono print, Etching and Dry point

1999-2000 T. Lecturer, Graphics Dept., Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara

1995-7 Art direction for Indo-German Film and Theatres, Bhopal

1992 Visiting Lecturer, Collage of Fine Art, Bangalore

1991-5 Art Teacher, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, V.M. Public school, Vadodara

1988-90 Creativity Workshop, Kanoria Art Center, Ahmedabad

1986-8 Art Teacher, Navarachana Higher Secondary School, Vadodara

Awards and Recognition

2011 Elected as Board of Directors, ResArtis Forum, Amsterdam.


2000 Millennium by AIFACS & Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy


1998 Invitation by the French Embassy,and L’AFAA to participate in printmaking  workshop in Paris

1989 Society of Gulburga, Gulburga, India


1988 Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy, Ahmedabad

1985 AIFACS and Group 8, New Delhi

Artist in residence

2019 Otterbein University, OH USA

2015 GlogauAir, Berlin

2007 KulttuuriKauppila, Finland

2009 Dedalo Art centre,Italy


2014-15 ArthingSouthAsia- Khoj, New Delhi

1998-90 Kanoria Art Center, Ahmedabad


2018    First international Print Biennale, Lalit Kala  Academy, New                       Delhi

2017    Curator, collector and collective, at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

2015    Impact 9, Hangzhou, China

2009  Exhibited Ganjifa portfolio at Impact 6, Bristol, UK

2007  Paper/poster presentation in Impact 5 international print                            conference held in Tallinn, Estonia

2006 Points, Plots, Ploys- Southern Graphics Conference held at                      Kansas City, USA

2004 Multiple Encounter – Indo American Printmaking seminar at                    Indira Gandhi Center for Arts, New Delhi

Curatorial projects

2017   Curated Print maker from Rajesthan and Khel show at Jawahar                 Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

2015   Curated show “games people play” for the first China Art                           Academy print Biennial, Hangzhou, China

2013   “Chess book” artist book exchange project with 13 international                artists           

2012   “Indian contemporary prints” for Kirikiri Island in New Zealand.

2009 Snakes and Ladders-portfolio exchange with 35 international                   artists

2008 Gunjifa- deck of cards.  Exchange portfolio of 54 international                  printmakers Conceived and executed

2007  Footprint- portfolio Exhibition at SGC, International                                  Printmaking conference, Kansas city, USA

2006 Footprints Women in printmaking - traveling exhibition of 30                    women printmakers from different generations, cities and                          counties held in Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Vadodara.

Publication/ Presentations

2019   Iowa University, Iowa. “ Contemporary Printmaking in India                       today”

             Boston University, Boston USA “ My journey in Printmaking”

             Phoenix Raising, Columbus, OH “Print as personal language”

2015    The new dynamics in the world of Printmaking.  Jaipur Art                          Summit.

2014   Article in Mid America Print Journal  USA

2013   "Print colloquium” NGMA and MPCVA Mumbai.

2012   Goa Literary and Art Festival, Goa

2010   Ganjifa show at Kala Akademi, hosted by Cultural Ministry of                     Goa

2009  Ganjifa folio exhibited at Impact 6  Bristol, UK

2007   Illustrated talk on contemporary printmaking in India at Chicago               Art college, Chicago. USA

2006  Paper presentation on–“Contemporary printmaking with                           historical sketch” at MPCVA, Mumbai.

2005  Article for “Third eye”, Times of India, Baroda.

2004  “Meet the artist” Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda

Workshops/ Camps

2019    Multimedia camp by Lalit Kala Academi, at J.J.School of Arts,                   Mumbai

2018   RMZ foundation Print makers Camp, Bangalore.

2013   Artist-in-residence, at Udaipur West Zone cultural centre.

2010   Bangalore University, Grphic camp by Lalitkala academi,                            Chennai.

2009 Graphics camp at JNTU, Hyderabad, by Lalit kala Academy New              Delhi

            Print making camp at CAVA, Mysore. By Karnataka Culture                      Ministry

2008 Lalit kala Academi organized print making workshop at MSU,                    Vadodara.

2001-4   Rashtriya Lalitkala Kendra, Lucknow

1998   Print Making Workshop, New York, USA

1997   Atelier La Couriere et Frelaut, Paris, Atelier Bramsen, Paris                       France

1995-7 Prints for the Parliament House, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal India

1990 Paper Making, with Jan Baker (USA), Kanoria Centre for Arts,                Ahmedabad

1986 Etching workshop conducted by Prof. Paul Lingeren at Faculty                Fine Arts, Vadodara

Projects (initiated and executed)


2015   Japanese woodblock print workshop with support from The                      Japan Foundation, New Delhi and Graphics Dept. Faculty of                  Fine Arts

2011   Serigraph workshop with non toxic inks

           “Print Bazaar “ prints in public places

2006  Organized several guest lectures and workshops by                                     international artists From USA, UK, Italy and Finland at                           College of Architecture, SVIT and  Chhaap workshop.

2006  Dry point workshop for Architecture College of Vidya Nagar                   and Vasad

2005   Print making workshop for hearing impaired children at                              Chhaap.

2004   Dry point workshop: With 13 participants for 15 days,                                technique as well as collaboration printing. Ended with group                    show at Chhaap and portfolio for each artist

2003   Heritage Walk: In Baroda city with 45 artists with architect                      Mr. Debashish Nayak followed by Etching workshop depicting               the walk by 35 artists

2002  Mono-print workshop: Held at Chhaap for 20 artists and non                artists to introduce them to medium of printmaking.

            One day short workshop for International students brought by                 “Sparrow” on technique of printmaking and hands on workshop

2001   Etching workshop: Held at Chhaap on Basic and advance level                 for students of art as well as non artists. Short term course for                 15 to 20 days

             Book making workshop: with Marguerite French on complete                 binding techniques and artistic bookmaking

2000 Portfolios: Two more portfolios of etching prints with 14 Baroda              artists. Complete plate making to edition making and portfolio                presentation

1999   Fund raising: portfolio of etching prints with 12 Baroda artists to              generate fund to set up Chhaap printmaking studio.

Exhibition – Solo

2019   Miller Gallery, Westerville, OH USA

2017   Splatter Studio, Vadodara

2016   H-Gallery, Falun, Sweden

2002-3  Alliance Française  d’ Ahmedabad

2001   Artcore, Vadodara

1999   Atelier 2221, New Delhi

1997   Alliance Francaise, Bhopal

1994  Welcomgroup, Vadodara

1987  Bajaj Art Gallery, Bombay

Exhibition - Group Shows

2019   Stree Vision 51 Indian contemporary print makers, Poland

2018   First  Print Biennale Lalit kala Academi, New Delhi

2013   Print Biennale- Sarcelle, France-

2013   Show stopper- Indian printmakers in Tempa, USA

2012   Multiple Encounter Indo American show in New Delhi

2010   National Printmakers show by Marvel Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

2009  Sarcelle, France- Print Biennale

2008  Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai

2007  Form of arts and art forms- ABS Gallery, Vadodara

2005  XI Triennial – India, New Delhi                     

2004  Group show of Indian Contemporary Printmakers – New York               “Multiple Encounters” Delhi

2000-1  Gujarat State Lalitkala Ahmedabad

1999    Expression Graphics, Chicago, USA Small format Prints,                         Poland, Woman Made Gallery, and Chicago, USA

1998   “Le Mois de l’Estamps” Paris, France, Apparao Gallery,                            Madras, Bangalore Alliance Française Gallery, New Delhi                        Triveni Gallery, New Delhi

1997   Portland Art Museum, Portland, USA International Print                          Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India 40th National                              Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Bangalore Jehangir Art                          Gallery, Bombay

1996   “Exposition-96” Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

1995-7  International Print Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

1990   Jehangir Art Gallery, sponsored by Kanoria Art Centro,                            Bombay

1988   “Young printmakers” sponsored by CMC Ltd., New Delhi

1986   Festival of India, USA


2011 - 2016  Rashtriya Lalitkala Academy, New Delhi

(Accorded on nomination for participation in national exhibitions)

                       Elected Board Member, ResArtis, Netherland


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