Sixth Annual IAAC 2009 Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary
Indian Art of the Diaspora

Nandini Chirimar

Nandini Chirimar
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Artist Bio/Statement

Nandini Chirimar grew up in Jaipur, India and came to the USA in 1987 for further studies. She did a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Cornell University, a summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Art, and an MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute. Additionally, she studied viscosity printing from master printmaker Arun Bose, and spent four years in Japan learning woodblock printing from Taika Kinoshita, exhibiting her work and teaching art. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Nandini has worked with many media, including drawing, painting, gold leaf, papermaking, printmaking, and photography. In her current work she uses the above media with household and other objects to create mixed media and sculptural work.

Nandini's work is a visual 'journal' of her life, drawn from her practical, emotional and visual experiences.

She is interested in things of daily use, the spaces we live in, her Indian culture and her different roles as an Indian woman/mother living in America.

Currently, Nandini is working on a series titled "Objects of Worship". In this series she explores objects used in Indian worship traditions. The foundation of this work is meticulously detailed drawings on Japanese Kozo paper, from which stem mixed media and relief pieces. She is also doing some collaborative work with poet Purvi Shah, where they explore the social and cultural context of these objects through a combination of poetry and visual art. The initial body of work from this series was shown in Nadini's solo exhibit at Allen Gallery Chelsea, New York in November 2008.


  • 2002-2004 Studied Wood Block Printing with Taika Kinoshita in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1998-2000 Studied Printmaking with Arun Bose at Lehman College, New York
  • 1993 MFA, Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore
  • 1991 (summer) Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
  • 1990 BFA, Drawing and Painting, Cornell University, Ithaca
  • 1987-1989 College of Art, New Delhi, India.


  • 2008 Objects of Worship, Solo Show, Allen Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY. (Nov. 2008)
  • 2008 Erasing Borders, (Traveling Exhibiton by IAAC: March -September 2008) :
    Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
    Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows, NY
    The Guild Gallery, Manhattan, NY
    Manhattanville College, Purchase, Westchester, NY
    Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
  • 2008 1000 Drawings for Under 1000, Works on Paper from 10 New York artists , Allen Gallery Chelsea, New York
  • 2007 CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007 Tributaries, (Traveling Exhibition) 516 Arts, Escuela del Sol/Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2007 Erasing Borders, Queens Museum of Art and The Guild Art, New York, New York
  • 2006 CIMA Annual 2006, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
  • 2006 Tributaries, The Spirit Room, 111 N. Broadway, Fargo, ND. (In collaboration with poet Purvi Shah)
  • 2006 15x15: Small Works, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore
  • 2006 Creatures of the Deep and the Shallows, Print Show, Siren's Song Gallery, New York
  • 2006 Exhibition of Contemporary Indian - American Art, by IAAC at the Indian Consulate, New York
  • 2004 CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003 Imadate Exhibition of Contemporary Paper Art Works, Imadate Art Field, Japan
  • 2003 Visual Dialogue, Solo and Collaborative Exhibit with Mami Takahashi, Ono Gallery Ginza 1, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003 15x15: Small Works, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore
  • 2000 Beyond the Surface, Paper/Pulp Exhibit, by the Fine Arts Company, Mumbai at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
  • 2000 Satabdi - Reflections on a Century Past , by CIMA at Jehangir Art Gallery, Calcutta, India
  • 1998 Multimedia Art of the 90's, CIMA, Calcutta, India
  • 1998 Open Studio: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art, Indo-American Arts Council, Inc., New York
  • 1998 Dieu Donne Gallery, Exhibition and Silent Auction, New York
  • 1998 Williamsburg Bridges Tibet, Williamsburg Art & Historical Society, New York
  • 1998 Houses of the Desert, Solo Exhibition, A Gallery, New York
  • 1998 Indian Artists from the Greater Metropolitan New York, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York
  • 1998 Runga-Loom by KarmaKollage, SAWCC at Gallery 678, New York
  • 1997 New Perceptions, Images and Media, by CIMA at the Academy of Fine Art and Literature, New Delhi, India
  • 1997 Colors of Independence, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.
  • 1997 Contemporary Asian Artists in America, Smithtown Township Arts Council, New York
  • 1997 Swarajya, Gallery 678, New York
  • 1997 50 Years of Indian Independence, The Permanent Mission of India to the UN, New York
  • 1997 Pink City, White City, Golden City, Solo Exhibition, Gallery at 678, New York
    1997 All India Art Biennial of Rajasthan, 1997, Juried Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur, India
  • 1996 The Spirit Within, Two-Person Exhibition, Museum of Natural History, New York
  • 1996 Two Artists, Two-Person Exhibition, Mirage Gallery at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, India
  • 1995 Exhibition and Silent Auction, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York
  • 1995 NY Soho Biennial 95, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York
  • 1995 Group Exhibition, Gallery of Living Artists, New York
  • 1995 Exhibition and Auction, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York
  • 1994 Group Exhibition, Soho Artplace Gallery, New York
  • 1994 15x15: Small Works, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore
  • 1993 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Two-Person Exhibition, Fox Gallery, Baltimore
  • 1993 Augenmusic, Galleria Piccola, Baltimore
  • 1991 Solo Exhibition, sponsored by the Council for Creative Arts, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca
  • 1989 BFA Thesis Exhibition, Solo Exhibition, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca
  • 1989 Recent Work, Solo Exhibition, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca

Honors and Awards

  • 1991-1992 Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Merit Scholarship
  • 1991 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Merit Scholarship
  • 1989 Council of Creative Arts, Ithaca, NY, Grant
  • 1987-1990 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Scholarship for all undergraduate expenses
  • 1986 & 1987 College of Art, New Delhi. Merit Scholarship and Best Student Medal


  • 2003-2004 Studio Workshops and Art Classes, Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2003-2004 Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1994 and 1993 Head Artist, Prints in Progress Germantown Workshop, Philadelphia
  • 1994 Visiting Artist, Redeemer Lutheran School, Philadelphia
  • 1993 Teaching Assistant, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore

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