Born in 1972 in the city of Faridabad of Haryana, Nidhi Agarwal studied at the College of Art, Delhi. Born in a conservative Agrawal family, Nidhi by her own confession, hadn’t seen an art exhibition until she was 17. But when her teacher saw her passion for painting, she was encouraged to take up art. Her parents also supported her in his endeavour.
The artist works in a hybrid style that encompasses abstraction, figuration and primitivism. Her work exudes rebelliousness and seems to question the normative assumptions of society. Her use of colours is also very unique. Her works are like sporadic, powerful visual continuums in which everyday reality gets an ironic, somewhat surreal tinge via a melee of shapes , forms and bold colours. Without painting in the realist mode, the artist manages to critically comment on the socio-cultural realities of Indian society. Even though her style is contemporary and international, the subject matter is Indian to the core.
Nidhi’s compositions are bold and accomplished; she understands colour and uses it with confidence. Brush strokes and thick application of paint and other materials build up her impasto technique and produce images that demand attention and cannot and should not be ignored.
Nidhi has been a recipient of several awards including the Yuva Mahotsava and the Sahitya Kala Parishad awards, the AIFACS award, the ITDC award as well as the Ravi Jain annual scholarship. She has held several exhibitions of her work in India, Germany and USA.
1993 Bachelor of Fine Art, College of Art, New Delhi, India
2017 Prafulla Dhanaukar -All India M F Husain Award ,Mumbai India 2016 Black & White Mixed Media Residency ,G Noida , UP ,India 2016 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant 2016- 2017 NewYork , US 2014. 7th International Sculpture Symposium, Penza, Russia 2013 Mark Rothko International Artists Residency ,Daugavpils, Latvia 2013 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant 2013- 2014 ,NewYork , US 2011 Junior fellowship Ministry of culture, India 2007 79th AIFACS Award in Drawing, India 2004 28th Annual Art exhibition Award Painting, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, India 1997 68th, AIFACS Award in Drawing, India 1996 67th, AIFACS Award in Painting, India 1995 66th, AIFACS Award in Painting, India 1994 National Exhibition Award, India 1992 7th Yuva Mahotsava Award Painting, India 1992 Certificate of merit In Drawing , College of Art 1989 ITDC international Award in painting, India
2016 G20 International Art Exchange Exhibition,Qianjiang International Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
2014. India Art Fair Mark Rothko Art Center , Latvia: Special Exhibitor Category 2013 United Art Fair, New Delhi, India 2012 15th Asian Art Biennale Dhaka, Bangladesh 2009-2011 India Art Fair 1st,2nd,3rd,5th editions, India 1994-1998 Frankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany 1993 Biennale Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
2018 Contemporary Art of India ,Penza Museum,Penza, Russia 2018 Past Perfect , Group Show at IGNCA by SKP, N Delhi , India 2017 Group show of Indian artists , Art Penza Gallery , Russia 2017 PostAge ,Artist Centre Gallery ,Mumbai ,Chandigarh ,Busan International Art Fair – Korea 2017 Group show Gallery Nature Morte New Delhi ,india
2017 SKETCH 2017 Rabley Drawing Centre, Mildenhall, Marlborough, Lancaster UK 2017 MDVAH, Art Attitude , Hammamet, Tunisia 2017 The International Visual Arts Exhibition ,JDA Perara Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka 2017 Annual Exhibition, Emami Chisel Art Gallery ,Kolkata, India 2017 PDAF Exhibition ,Nehru Centre , Mumbai ,Maharashtra 2016 A Whimsical Fantasy by Art Konsult @ India Habitat Centre ,Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi 2016 Vaama III ,AIFACS Gallery ,New Delhi 2016 There is a place called elsewhere: Within us ,Gallery Under the Mango Tree ,Berlin , Germany 2015 The 377191 wall by Gallery Beyond, Mumbai ,India 2015 National Exhibition by SZCC , Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, MP, India 2015 Exhibition by SZCC, Pune, Maharashtra, India 2015 Vaama II @ IGNCA twin Galleries, New Delhi 2015 Vidzeme concert hall “C?sis” (Latvia) – Daugavpils Mark Rotko Art Center collection exhibition ” Gold’ 2014 Chesti Prudy collection, Voronezh, Russia 2014 The International Artist Residence Mark Rothko Art Center 2013: The Art House of Kuldiga city (Latvia). Type to enter text 2014. Summer in Singapore – Indigo Blue Art Gallery , Singapore 2013 Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi , India 2013 The Black frame Project- Your Singapore , Indigo Blue Art Gallery Singapore 2012 Luminous Hues, Creativity , LKA Gallery, New Delhi 2012 Small is Big Gallery Darbar Hall ,Cochin, India 2012 Titillations & Gratifications, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India 2012 Nerves under your skin, Gallery Nature Morte, Gurgaon Haryana, India 2011 Gallery Contemplate, Coimbatore & Nature Morte ,New Delhi 2010 On Canvas 1, Gallery Art motif, New Delhi, India 2010 The Gamut – Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi , India 2010 Pretty Ugly – Bose Pacia Gallery, Kolkata, India 2009 Deep in Black – Gallery Muller & Plate, Munich, Germany 2009 Collector Stop Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Annual show Gallery Muller & Plate, Munich ,Germany
2009 “Drawing” The – Essence, Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Untitled – 3 persons show, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
2008 101 Indo Korean Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
2007 Archival Show Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
2006 Gallery Muller & Plate, Munich, Germany
2005 Synergy for the Destiny , Art Indus Visual Art Gallery, New.Delhi.
2005 21 Korean & Indian Women Artist show AIFACS, New Delhi
2005 Women Artist Show, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
2005 Women’s Art exhibition, Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
2004 Art Indus , New Delhi
2000 Food For Thought , Art Konsult, New Delhi
1998 Gallery Steps, New Delhi
1996 Hotel Ashoka Samrat, Gallery Art Konsult ,New Delhi
1993 10 Artists Show, Lalit Kala Gallery ,New Delhi
1992 33rd National Exhibition of Art, LKA, New Delhi
2018 Amalgamation , Artist Centre Gallery , Mumbai , India 2014. Psychic , Oberoi, Nature Morte, Gurgaon, India 2010 Spectrum , Hotel Taj ,New Delhi, India 2007 Existence is bliss, Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi, India 2004 Water , Triveni Art Gallery ,New Delhi ,India 2000 Portraits of the next Millennium ,Gallery Food for Thought, Bangalore, India 1997 Miniatures, Art Konsult, New Delhi, India 1996 The Different Faces, Triveni Gallery, New Delhi, India 1994 People, AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi, India
2013 Dementia – THE THREAT : Daugavpils Latvia 2012 FATA Morgana: Vaama Art Camp IGNCA Grounds New Delhi India
Nidhi Agarwal’s works are in collection with many private and Government art collections, Art Galleries, Corporate houses, Hotels, Lalit Kala Academy, Sahitya Kala Parishad, NGMA, Bharat Bhavan, Art Houses and centres In India and abroad including Mark Rothko Art Centre Latvia , Chisty Prudy Russia , Qianjiang International Art Museum China, Kentucky Museum of Art USA , amongst many others.Back to Artists View Artworks of Nidhi Agarwal