SONIA MEHRA CHAWLA
Lives and works in New Delhi, India.

She presented her first Hong Kong solo exhibition in 2013, The Embryonic Plants and Otherworlds, in which she exhibited a new series of paintings and videos that explores the passage of nature’s cycle and the temporal flow of birth and regeneration.

Sonia Mehra Chawla received her Bachelors Degree in Painting in 2001, and Masters Degree in Painting in 2004 from College of Art, New Delhi. Mehra Chawla has participated in studio-based projects at Tate Modern London, and in Public Art Projects at Khoj International Artists Organization, New Delhi and ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark. She was a part of a year-long residency at Atelier 2221 printmaking and Edition studio in 2001-2002.

b. 1977, Kolkata, India. Lives and works in New Delhi, India.

 

EDUCATION

2004
Master of Fine Art, (Painting), College of Art, New Delhi.

2002
Post Diploma in Photography, School of Fototecnik, New Delhi

2001                        
Bachelor of Fine Art, (Painting), College of Art, New Delhi. 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013
The Embryonic Plant and Otherworlds, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong

2012
Metamorphosing Female: Roots Emerge Upwards, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India. Essay by Deeksha Nath.

2011
Metamorphosing Female: Transition -Transfiguration, Beck & Eggeling, International Fine Arts, Dusseldorf, Germany. Essay by Katja Ott, Gerard Goodrow.

2008
Urban Biomorphic, curated by Dr Alka Pande, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Essay by Alka Pande.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
‘The Wave Project’ curated by Klavs Weiss, ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, West Jutland, Denmark
India Art Fair 2013, represented by Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
‘Spell of Spill: Utopia of Ecology’, curated by Veeranganakumari Solanki, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi,

2012
Art Chennai 2012, represented by Latitude 28, New Delhi
India Art Fair 2012, represented by Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
The Secret Life of Plants, works from India, China & Iran, exhibition project Curated by Maya Kovskaya, Exhibit 320, Contemporary Art Space, New Delhi, India.
2+2=5: The Whole Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India.

2011
WHAT RULES?, Curated By Deeksha Nath, Galerie Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany.
Project Stage Asia Pacific- Art Stage Singapore 2011 (curated section of the art fair), represented by Seven Art Limited, New Delhi.
INDIA ART SUMMIT 2011, represented by BECK & EGGELING, DUSSELDORF, GERMANY.

2010-2011
India Awakens, Under The Banyan Tree: Recent Positions In Contemporary Indian Art, Essl Museum, Kunst Der Gegenwart, (Museum Of Contemporary Art), Klosterneuberg, Vienna, Austria.

2010
Global/Local: Time And Space In Contemporary Indian Art, Henn Galerie, Munchen, Germany.

2009
Lo Real Maravilloso: Marvelous Reality Curated by Sunil Mehra, Gallery Espace and Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries, New Delhi, India.
Re-Claim / Re-Cite / Re-Cycle, curated by Bhavna Kakar, Bose Pacia,
Labyrinths Urban- Organic: New Perspectives in Contemporary Indian Art, 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

2008           
The Second Sex: India, Sonia Mehra Chawla, Jignasha Doshi and Surekha, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.
World One Minutes, curated by Barbara Borčić and Dušan Dovč, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China. 
Trends and Trivia: An Indian Story, curated by Bhavna Kakar, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong.   

2007
Identity and Masquerade: Staging the Self, multimedia project, directed by Anne Braybone, Tate Modern, London.

2006
Imaging Materiality-Gesture of the City, curated by Dr Alka Pande, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.
Khirkee ki Khoj, Public and Community Arts projects, Khoj International Artists Organization, New Delhi, India.

2005
Path/Progression/Digressions, Air Gallery, London, UK.

2004
CC: Crossing Currents: Video Art & Cultural Identities, curated by Yohan Pinajjpel, Lalit Kala Galleries, New Delhi. (Video project in collaboration with Broersen and Lukacs)
Carry on Drawing: A Growing Exhibit of Marks, curated by Avantika Bawa at Serpentine Gallery, London, Studio Art Gallery, San Diego, Royal College of Art, London, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, Mumbai.

2002
The Pedagogic Way, curated by Veronique Boseret, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi.

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES/ PROJECTS

2013           
DeFINE ART 2013, SCAD, University for Creative Careers, Hongkong. Project collaboration with 10 chancery Lane Gallery, Hongkong.
‘The Wave Project’, extensive Public Art projects in Humlum, Norre Snede, Sdr. Nissum, Nees-Skalstrup & Vorgod Barde , ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark

2012
Art Chennai Artists Residency, Chennai, India.

2006

Identity and Masquerade, Tate Modern, London. Project Director, Anne Braybone.

2005-2007
Community and Public Art projects, Khoj International Artists Organization, New Delhi. (ongoing project over 2 years)

2004
Moving Image, video project for CC: Crossing Currents: Video Art & Cultural Identities, Indo-Dutch video art exhibition, in collaboration with Royal Netherlands Embassy, Broersen and Luckacs.

2001
Printmaking residency and studio based practice, Atelier 2221 Print and Edition Studio, New Delhi, India.

 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2005
Gold Medalist College of Art (Delhi University) for MFA

2004
National Award for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art, India.

2004
National Scholarship, Ministry of Culture, India.