Born 1978, Kolkata, India

Sharmistha Ray is an artist, curator, writer, speaker and TED Fellow with roots in Mumbai and New York. Ray’s debut solo exhibition of abstract paintings, hidden geographies (2012), at GalerieMirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai, comprised of large, densely painted oils on canvas. Her work postulates canonical ideals of beauty and the sublime by distilling her memories, photographs, observations and experiences of landscapes, both urban and natural. Ray’s paintings are sites for multiple negotiations to probe the poetics of identity politics in continually shifting social and cultural parameters. Nomadically living between Mumbai and New York for close to a decade, the artist embeds a haptic sense of movement in her paintings that mirrors her physical journeys in real time and space.


2001-2005 Master of Sciences in Art History/Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Pratt Institute, New York
1997-2000 Bachelor of Arts, Williams College, Massachusetts

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Reflections & Transformations, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA
2012 Hidden Geographies, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrucke, Mumbai, India
2004 Crossroads, Steuben East Gallery, New York, USA
1998 Solo exhibition, W.L.S. Spencer Gallery, Williamstown, USA

Group Exhibitions

2013 Resist, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, India
Touched by Bhupen, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrucke, Mumbai, India
Out/Off, Chameleon Art Projects, Mumbai
2012 New Paintings, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrucke, Mumbai, India
Can You See Me?, Space Engendered, New Delhi
2007 In-si-der, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India (curated by Brinda Kumar & Sonal Singh)
2006 Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York, USA
2004 Territories, Juried Exhibition, Gallery Artsindia, New York, USA
2004 2004 CAC Juried Exhibition, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, USA; Jurors: Jenny Holzer & Mike Glier
2004 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, New York, USA
2004 Explorations/Innovations, Kingsborough Community College, New York
2004 2004 Annual Pratt MFA Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York
2004 Grand Group Show, Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery, New York, USA
2004 Drawing Show, Parsons Institute, New York, USA
2004 MFAs Colliding, New York University, New York, USA
2003 Graduate Students: Recent Works, Steuben Gallery, New York, USA
2002 Extreme Existence, Schafler Gallery, New York, USA
2002 9/11: Artists Respond, Schafler Gallery, New York, USA
2002 Mind the Gap: Art from Both Sides of the Atlantic, Steuben Gallery, NY
2000 B.A. Thesis Exhibition, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2000 Berkshire Artisans Association Juried Show, Lichtenstein Art Center, Pittsfield

Awards, Distinctions, and Memberships

2010 Critics’ Choice, TimeOut Mumbai, for curated exhib. “A Place of Their Own,”
2009 TED Fellowship, TEDIndia, Mysore, India, November
Delegate, Leaders in Business Conference, Mumbai, India, October
India Art Summit, Selection Committee Member, Trade Fair (New Delhi)
HK09, Selection Committee Member, Trade Fair (Hong Kong)
2005 Pratt Circle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, USA
Certificate of Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graduate Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, USA
Certificate of Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graduate Art History, Pratt Institute, USA
2004 Joan Mitchell M.F.A. Grant. $10,000 awarded to ten artists in the United States in a rigorous selection process,
2000 Selected as one of five Class 1960 Scholars in Art for outstanding potential in the arts, Williams College, USA,
Faculty Search Committee to hire new faculty member for tenure-track position, Williams College, USA
Granted Berkshire Artisans Association Fellowship awarded to outstanding artists living in the Berkshire region, Pitt.
1999-2000 Museum Associate, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
1997-2000 Dean’s List Academic Award, four-time recipient, Williams College, USA