Manish Pushkale
Born: October 26, 1973 - Bhopal , India.
   Manish Pushkale was born in Bhopal in 1973. A trained geologist, Manish also studied art at the art college in Bhopal. He is also a recipient of the S. H. Raza foundation award from French Govt in 2004. Pushkale has had solo exhibitions in Bhopal, 1994, Delhi, 1997, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2003 and Paris, 2003. And several group shows including the ones at, Gallery Lakereen, Mumbai, 1999, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, 2000, NGMA, Mumbai, 2001, Gallery Espace, Delhi, 2002 and Tao Gallery Mumbai, 2003. The artist lives and works in Delhi Manish Pushkale is easily one of the most talented and highly regarded young painters of India. With no formal training in art but a powerful and sensitive initiation in to it in the evocative environs of Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal, he has fast acquired a skill and insight into artistic creativity, Moving away from earlier phase of figuration, Manish has evolved a language of abstracion which carries his own personal imprint. Both his vision and artistic idioms have been growing fast, attaining amazing levels of maturity and significance. His works have been shown in India and abroad both in Individual and Group shows.
   Mantras, Indian philosophical concepts, contemporary art concepts.
“Manish Pushkale’s ‘Mantra Collection’ is a foray into abstraction of sound, of experience and indeed the spirit itself. Yet his works have none of the forlornness associated with abstract minimalism. His paintings are fecund, organic and full of vitality.
The repeating sequences in the paintings are akin to rapidly chanted mantras recited while telling the beads of a rosary. The squares and the mesh like texture constitute the beads of Manish’s rosary. However, like every chant of the same mantra is different in its cadence and its experience, every form in his paintings is differently enriched with color and energy. Every movement of the hand that tells the rosary moves into the irrevocable past and every new movement remains in the present. Every viewing of his paintings is similarly varied.
In his works, Manish has tried to capture the resonance of the chanting, jap a, and to visualize the auditory experience. Interestingly, the chant of the mantras or naam is not a public performative exercise but a private, introverted process, very much like the artistic process, recoverable in fragments to the viewer through the experience of repeated seeing. Perhaps one may try and understand Manish’s work by drawing on abstract artistic genres in other mediums such as dhrupada in music where the essence lies in the alaap, the rest is vistara. The painted surface is the essence; the constituent rudiments are the preceptory responses. As in other abstraction in Manish paintings it is the very processes of creation that explain the created object itself and its subjective relation to the outside”.

   • M.A. In Painting, Bhopal Award
   • 1997 AIFACS Award
   • 2000 Junior Research Fellowship
   • 2002 Ist Bharat Bhavan Annual Exhibition Certificate Award , Bhopal.
   • 2003 Raza Foundation Award.

   Selected Solo Exhibitions
   • 2009 'Serendipitous Encounters', Aicon, Palo Alto
   • 2007 ‘Unveiling’, Bodhi Art, Mumbai
   • 2006 ‘Japa’, Bodhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
   • 2005 Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
   • 2003 Maison Das Sciences De L 'Hommes, Paris
   • 2003 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai.
   • 1997 ‘Aurodhan’, Bank of America, New Delhi.
   • 1994 - 95 Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, Bhopal
   Selected Group Exhibitions
   • 2010 'India Rising: Tradition Meets Modernity', presented by Ati Art Gallery at Varya, New Delhi
   • 2010 'Swasti Roop', An Abstract Show by Raza Foundation Awardees, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
   • 2009 'Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image', Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore
   • 2009,10 'Master Class', The Arts Trust, Mumbai
   • 2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
   • 2009 'Entity', MEC Art Gallery, New Delhi
   • 2009 'Deep In Black', Galerie Muller and Plate, Munich
   • 2008 'Empty and Full', Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
   • 2008 'Point and Line to Plane VI', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
   • 2006 ‘Collective Spaces 06’, M.E.C. Art Gallery , New Delhi
   • 2005 ‘Confluence 2005’, Aicon Gallery, New York
   • 2005 Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia
   • 2004 ‘Collective Spaces 05’, M.E.C. Art Gallery , New Delhi
   • 2004 ‘Young Contemporary Artists’, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
   • 2003 Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi
   • 2003 ‘Seven’, Tao Gallery, Mumbai
   • 2003 ‘Seven’, Apparao Gallery, Chennai
   • 2002 ‘Twelve Artists’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
   • 2002 ‘Ishara’, Art Today Gallery, New Delhi.
   • 2001 ‘Just Another Day’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.
   • 2001 ‘Central Zone Show’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.
   • 2001 ‘Anadi’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
   • 2001 ‘Anadi’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai.
   • 2000 Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
   • 2000 Embassy of France, New Delhi.
   • 2000 Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai.
   • 2000 ‘Rooprekha’, Exhibition of Drawings, Lakshana Art Gallery, Hyderabad.
   • 2000 ‘Anadi’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
   • 2000 ‘Anadi’, Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore.
   • 1999 Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai.
   • 1999 Western Cultural Zone, Udaipur.
   • 1999 Group Show for Raza, Gallery Art Indus, New Delhi.
   • 1999 ‘Art from Land of Heart’, Gallery Art Indus, New Delhi.
   • 1999 ‘Red’, Art Today Gallery, New Delhi.
   • 1999 Alliance Francaise, Bhopal.
   Joint Exhibitions
  • 2009 With Julia Ziegelmaier at Galerie Muller & Plate, Munich
   • 2009 'Shanti: A Scream for Peace', with S H Raza at Bugno Art Gallery, Venice

   • 2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi
   • 2011 'Resonance', Art Musings, Mumbai
   • 2009 'Entity', Annual Exhibition, M.E.C Art Gallery, New Delhi
   •2008 Shanghai Art Fair, China presented by Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
   • 2008 '18th Anniversary Show', Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
   • 2002 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
   • 1997-98 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), Annual Show, New Delhi
   • 1997-98 South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Nagpur
   • 1997-98 Raza Exhibition, Bhopal
   • 1997-98 Kangawa International Print Biennale, Japan
   • 1998,99 National Exhibition, New Delhi
   • 1998,99 Kala Mela, New Delhi
   Honours and Awards
   • 2003 Raza Foundation Award
   • 2002 1st Bharat Bhavan Annual Exhibition Certificate Award, Bhopal
   • 2000 Junior Research Fellowship
   • 1997 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), Award