About Me

ARTIST'S BIO

Shilpi (born in 1995) is a Kenyan- Indian artist who lives and works between Nairobi and London. She received a BFA from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India. Her work has been exhibited in Kenya at the National Museum, Circle Art Gallery, Gravit Art Gallery, Alliance Francaise de Nairobi, Kioko Art Gallery, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Talisman and abroad in India and Takeo, Japan and has been featured in The Kenya Art Diaries 2020. She is multi-disciplinary and has worked in art direction for film, creating sets and props, her works have also been central to community project campaigns in Kenya like “Lesso Lessons” that went on to win awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival for Creativity (Gold Lion), D&AD (Yellow Pencil), the London International Awards, London WARC, Loeries, One Show and Clios . Her Practice stems from the need to untangle. She is interested by the continuous and fragile idea of the self. How identity is collected and accumulated, what is innate, what is consciously added or unconsciously added by way of conditioning and how this affects her responses, understanding, contradictions and confusions. 

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EDUCATION

2013-2017 

Bachelors of Fine Art, Sir JJ School of Fine Art, Mumbai, India

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2023         

(upcoming) "Winter Show" Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, London

"Art Fusion Exhibition" Group Show, Ardhi Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

“Behind This Face 2” Group Exhibition, GravitArt Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya   

“Anti-fragile” Group Show, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya''

"Her Story", Alliance Francaise de Nairobi, Kenya

2020 - 2023

"Ongoing Display", Kioko Mwitiki Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

2020

"Livity Arts Online Exhibition", Nairobi, Kenya

“CHA”, Arts Itoya Gallery, Takeo ,Japan, (SOLO)

2019

"Kenya Arts Diary 2020", Nairobi National Museum, Kenya

"Kenya Arts Diary 2020", The King Post, Nairobi, Kenya

"Kenya Arts Diary 2020 Launch", Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Nairobi, Kenya

“SOLO “, The Talisman, Nairobi, Kenya (SOLO)

“Miscellaneous”, Kioko Mwitiki Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

"Geographies of Consumption: Game Over Company" Mohile ParikhCenter, Mumbai, India

RESIDENCIES

2020 - Arts Itoya Residency, Takeo, Japan

SELECTED AWARDS

2022 - FOR LESSO LESSONS - AS LEAD ARTIST

Cannes Lions Gold - Design/Special Editions & Bespoke Items (First forEast, West & Central Africa) Cannes, France

WARC Gold - Cultural Impact (First for Africa) London, United Kingdom

D&AD Yellow Pencil - Graphic Design/ Applied Print Graphics (First forEast, West, North & Central Africa) London, United Kingdom

Loeries Grand Prix - Out of home ambient, Loeries Gold - Out of home ambient, Loeries Gold - Out of home Craft, Art Direction, Loeries Silver - Media Innovation. Cape Town, South Africa

London International Awards (LIAS) Bronze- Health & Wellness, United Kingdom

One Show Silver - Art and Design/ Illustration, One Show Merit - Out of home series, One Show Merit - Art direction/ Health & Wellness. New York, United States

Clio Health Gold - Image Creation, Clio Health Silver - Guerrilla, New York, United States

2019

African Cristal Awards Gold - Best in craft. For Kreo Artwork

African Cristal Awards Silver - Print category, African Cristal Awards Silver - Press craft category. For Penscapes Craft

Mobile Art School in Kenya (MASK) Prize, Visual Art under 25 y/o Commendation

APA Loeries Gold - Best in craft. For Kreo Artwork, Cape Town, SouthAfrica

2013 - Edexcel High Achiever Award - Top in East Africa, GCE A Level Fine Art