Seema Kohli

Born in 1960, Seema Kohli has created her own niche in the world of contemporary art. She received her B.A. (HON.) Philosophy from Miranda House, University of Delhi, 1981 and a Diploma in Applied Arts (ITI) from South Delhi Polytechnic, New Delhi in 1983. Her creative repertoire is eclectic, encompassing a wide range of mediums ranging from painting, murals and films to installations, sculptures and installation performances each a unique expression of her style. Her rendition of ‘Ouroborus’ for the India Art Summit created a huge impact on viewers and critics alike. The Oroborous became an expression of the continuance of the cycle of birth, life and liberation. Fusing Indian and Greek philosophy, Seema created 84 paintings and 84 photographs as part of a performance installation to depict a shloka from the Ishavasya Upanishad. She has to her credit, three murals for the Defence Ministry and has also recently completed a 10’ x 100’ mural at the Delhi International Airport, GMR T3. 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 (“Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Ciia di Firenze, 7th Edizione 2009, 1 Premio “Video”, Firenze in Florence, Italy). She has also received the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation Women Achiever’s Award and the Lalit Kala National Award for Women in 2008. Seema has more than 20 solo shows exhibited in various galleries and art fairs in different parts of the world. Her works adorn the walls of many public and private collections, including more recently the Rubin Museum, New York. The artist lives and works from her studio in Delhi.