Manish Nai

Indian, b. 1980

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Although he began his journey as a painter, Manish Nai is widely regarded as a sculptor today; he is associated with a memorable sequence of works shaped as cubes, circles and stelae, and wrought in various materials including jute or burlap, newspapers, cardboard, sponge, aluminium and concrete. The architectonic forms that Manish Nai creates out of crumpled, compressed newspaper, appear to have weathered eons. These sculptures bring together two extremes of historical time: the daily tabloid, consumed and thrown away as quickly as its contents are absorbed, and at the other end, those barriers that have stood for millennia. The productive counterpoint between conceptual import and material embodiment continue to inform his art.

Born in 1980 in Gujarat, Nai studied Drawing and Painting at the L.S. Raheja School of Art in Mumbai. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. He has participated in the 2nd edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala (2014) and The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Rajasthan (2017-18). Solo exhibitions of his works have been shown at Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne (2019), Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2018), Het Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, The Netherlands (2018), Fondation Fernet Branca, St. Louis, France (2017) and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago (2015). He lives and works in Mumbai.

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