Born in Calcutta in 1955, Vasundhara Tiwari is one of the experimenting
figurative women artists of the younger generation. She graduated in literature from the
University of Delhi, and studied art at the Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. During 1982
-84, she worked on a Cultural Scholarship awarded by the department of Culture, Government
Vasundhara first drew attention for her sensitive mixed media work in
which she interpreted the female nude as an image of the Indian womanhood suffering,
searching and aspiring for independent individuality. Her treatment and use of the female
nude soon diffused she creates are abstraction and are often emblematic of the inner life
or contemporary women. Her paintings are characterized by tensions arising out of the
naturalistically modeled figures and the flat pictorial space which is enriched with small
focuses of tonal recessions.
Between 1980 and '94 Vasundhara had seven solo shows in New Delhi,
Chicago, Calcutta and Bombay. Between 1984 and 1993, she participated in 24 important
national and international exhibitions which included Contemporary Indian Art. Tokyo
(1984), First Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1986). Second Biennial of Havana
international Exhibition of Contemporary Art (1986). Sixth Triennale India, New Delhi
(1989), and in the same year Indian women Artists at the National Gallery of Modem Arts,
Algiers (1987), Festival of India, Russia (1987). Women artists of India in Bulgaria and
Poland (1 988), 'Tribute to Van Gogh, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (1990). 'The Girl
Child', Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi (1991).'Looking for tree of Life: Journey torsion
Contemporary Art' at The Museum of Modem Art, Saitama (1992), and in the T.A.I.S., Tokyo
(1992-93) In 1992, co- directed with Rameshwar Broota the video film titles 'Shabash Bete'
screened at Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany 91992). Since 1979 she has been
regularly taking part in all the major exhibitions organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi.
All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society and the Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi. Vasundhara
got awards for her drawings in the All India Drawing Exhibition at the Chandigarh Museum
in 1981 and'85. She won award at the Annual Exhibition of Art, AIFACS (198 1) and got the
Delhi State Award from the Sahitya Kala Paiishad (1982), Sanskrit Award, New Delhi (1987)
Silver medal at the First International Biennial of Plastic Arts, Algiers (1987) second
and third time the Delhi State Award, Sahitya Kala Parishad (1 987) 1992) and during 198
8-90 Vasundhara worked, on the Fellowship awarded by the Department of Culture, Government
of India. Between 1979 and 1993, she attended artists workshop held in different p"
of India. Her works are in many public and private collections in India and
abroad, including National Gallery of Modem Art, New Delhi, Museum of
Modem Art, San Francisco, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Chandigarh
Museum, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, Chester and David Herwitz Collection, USA,
Masanori Fukuoka Collection, Tokyo and New York Art Scene ,USA.
Vasundhara Tiwari lives and works in New Delhi.
Acrylic on paper
48" x 72"
Acrylic on paper
48" x 72"