Shambhavi’s practice is inspired by her journeys around the globe, in particular to Amsterdam and South Africa. Her paintings, sculptures and installations are characterised by themes of self-exploration, survival and livelihood.
At STPI, Shambhavi translated her concepts inspired by the frugal lives of farmers from her native land Bihar, India, into powerful, minimalist works using paper. By using new methods and icons, her works expresses the transient realities of life in a fickle era of materialistic excess. This body of work transformed her practice through a new palette of vibrant, ecstatic colours and forms not previously visible in her works.
Shambhavi was born in Patna, Bihar in 1966. She received a BFA from the College of Fine Arts and Crafts, Patna, in 1986 and an MFA in the College of Arts, New Delhi, in 1992. Her works have been exhibited worldwide in a number of solo exhibitions including Lullaby at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi (2008); A Bird and 2000 Echoes at Talwar Gallery, New York (2007); , and Passage from India at the Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town (1998).