India in Realtime:
Emerging Contemporary Artists
Sameer Kulavoor (b.1983) is a visual artist living and working in Mumbai, India. His work lies at the intersection of art, graphic design & contemporary illustration and has taken the form of paintings, murals, books, zines, prints and objects.
He exhibited The Ghoda Cycle Project at WDC Helsinki in 2012 and in Mumbai in 2013 while also collaborating with Paul Smith on a series of Ghoda Cycle Tee-shirt designs which were released worldwide. He has been working on a number of large-scale public art projects and paintings which are on view in Auckland (New Zealand), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai.
‘A Man of the Crowd’ (2018) was Kulavoor’s first solo presentation at TARQ. His work, 'This is Not Still Life' was showcased at the Tarq Booth C03 at India Art Fair in Delhi (2020). Apart from this his work was showcased at group shows at Delhi and Mumbai
Kulavoor was the founder of Bombay Duck Designs, Kulavoor also founded and curated six issues of 100%ZINE (currently on hiatus) – a visual arts magazine that discovers and showcases a wide range of visual art talent from India and abroad.
Artist Rithika Merchant (b. 1986) received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Parsons - The New School of Design, New York (2008). Since graduating, she has exhibited her work extensively, including a number of solo exhibitions in India, Spain, Germany, France, and the United States.
Her most recent solo shows include Mirror of the Mind at Galerie L.J, Paris, France (2019); Where the Water Takes us at TARQ, Mumbai (2017) and Ancestral Home at Galeria Bien Cuadrado, Barcelona (2017). Apart from this, she has also shown in group shows at Mumbai, Paris and Kieve.
She has also collaborated with Chloé, a French fashion house on multiple collections for which she was awarded the Vogue India Young Achiever of the Year Award at its Women of the Year Awards 2018. She was also named one of Vogue Magazine’s Vogue World 100 Creative Voices.
Merchant currently divides her time between Mumbai and Barcelona.