Sunaina is a contemporary artist of Indian origin, who currently lives and works in Singapore. Born and educated in India, she moved to Tokyo in the late 90’s and has spent the last two decades in various parts of North and South Asia. The cultural and societal influences reflect in her style of work, which is an amalgamation of the various art forms she has studied, formally and informally over the last 20 odd years. Having completed her formal education as a textile designer specializing in print, she chose to pursue an immersive education in Nihonga, when living in Japan andspent 5 years working under Ohta-sensei of the Kyoshin-Do school, studying Sumie-e and Nihonga – the traditional Japanese art forms of painting.
Her work is, in essence, a confluence of her experiences and observations in diverse situations and contrasting cultures. Quite naturally her imagery revolves around the societal impact of economic, political and religious issues prevalent today, and represents her interpretation of social change in a rapidly shrinking world changing at an incredibly fast pace. Being an expatriate Indian with very deeply rooted sensibilities her views on the volatility that is India on the world stage today is very evident in her work.
Sunaina’s has exhibited in Japan, India, Singapore and Europe. Apart from being in the permanent collections of the ESSEL Museum, Vienna and Mumbai Airports Authority, India, her works are in various private collections globally. Her solo exhibition of the themed series “The Rising Sun” was sponsored by The Japan Foundation as the art representation for the 50 year celebration of Indo-Japan cultural ties. She is also one of a select handful of non-Japanese artists who have been invited to exhibit their work in Japan.
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