Antara PainAntara is a statistician by qualification, property consultant by profession and an artist at heart. She spends her time creating art while living either with her parents in Vashi, Navi Mumbai or with her sister in Shapurjat, Delhi.
Having studied Statistics from St. Xavier’s college and later Mumbai University, she has worked in the FMCG market research sector at Nielsen for two years before transiting into the property consulting field with Cushman & Wakefield for 5 years.
She believes her interest towards art originated from home. Be it her parents’ idea of teaching by using creative methods or encouraging to post handmade greeting cards to relatives. By seeing her grandmother do embroidery or mother knit woollen sweaters, make patterns on the floor with rice paste etc. have all in a way added to the interest in detailing and joy in appreciating beauty in nature and little things in life.
In recent years, she learnt oil on canvas from Mrs. Debjani Dutta in Navi Mumbai and acrylic on canvas from Mr. Milind Mulick in Pune. Her travel across India inspired her to learn, absorb and practise more art. In 2014, she pursued a part-time diploma in Modern and Contemporary Indian Art History and Curatorial Studies from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.
In the past few months this interest towards art has increased manifolds. Considering the freelancing opportunities and her own art projects, Antara is shifting towards perusing her passion full time and dedicating more time and effort to create art.
Participated in following Group exhibitions:
Art Fiesta at New Bombay Bengali Association, Vashi, Dec 2015 & Dec 2016
Mumbai Art by Artists, Prince of Wales Museum, Jan 2016 & Jan 2017 (upcoming)
Good Graffiti by Karmyo, West10 Art Gallery Kharghar, Feb 2016
W for Woman, Shaurya Art Gallery Belapur, March 2016
Contemporary Urban Art by Art for Awareness, P.L. Deshpande Hall at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Dec 2016
Art Plaza, Kalaghoda, Jan 2017 (upcoming)
Aarambh at Lokayata, Hauz Khas, Feb 2017 (upcoming)
Other Art Achievements:
Participated and won many drawing competition at inter and intra school, college level. This included several Camlin Contest, Scholastic competition, Rotary Club and Lion’s Club events, Mood Indigo at IIT Mumbai 2007 etc.
Passed Elementary and Intermediate Grade Examinations in year 2000 and 2001
Volunteered in setting up the art exhibition for Malhar 2005 and Organized by suggesting concepts for installation and guiding a team of 40 for the same in Malhar 2006
Volunteered in setting up photo exhibitions for Janfest organized by the Indian Music Group of St. Xavier’s College in 2005 and 2006
Created Graffiti paintings for choreographer Terence Lewis’s dance studio in Khar, 2006
Sold paintings through art exhibitions and events to raise fund for social causes, environment campaigns and made merchandise out of my paintings. Advertised and marketed through social media to achieve this.
Recent collaboration / freelancing opportunities includes murals, wedding invitations, illustrations for cooking classes for kids, commissioned paintings