Viraj Mithani is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. His artworks often incorporate personal experiences while dealing with dichotomies of abstraction and representation, the epic and the mundane, the organic and the technological.
He is a co-leader of the Carpe Art group, which focuses on supporting contemporary Indian art through a series of strategies that enhance public engagement and accessibility. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mithani founded Carpe Art Supports, which provided financial support and promotion to local artists struggling during the lockdown.
Mithani graduated with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also holds a diploma degree in Studio Art and Visual Communications from Chelsea Camberwell Wimbledon College of Art and Design (CCW) of the University of Arts London. Currently, he is pursuing an MA degree in Painting and Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Mithani’s artistic practice moves between painting, printmaking, and sculpture. When producing works, he uses traditional materials like canvas or paper, as well as unconventional materials like vinyl and felt. His prints and paintings consist of different marks and blocks of color, splatters, and loose grids that use varying line weights and washes. Mithani retains his traditional artistic background while being in tune with new changes and developments that impact his practice.
As an artist, Mithani strives to create paintings and prints ‘that attempt to encompass the historical and autobiographical history of art within a single frame’. His artworks revolve around several distinct cultures and traditions, drawing influences from Indian miniature and Warli paintings, Chinese Opera, Japanese woodcuts, and Western art movements, among others.
His selected solo exhibitions include: Eastern Affair, Ravi Vazirani Design Studio, Mumbai; Politics of Color, The Quorum, Gurgaon; Decalcomania Fractal: An ode to Naren, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai; and Paper to Plastic, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago. He also participated in numerous group exhibitions such as: Making Space, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; Boomerang, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; Site Art Space in Vadodara, Illinois State Museum, Lockport; International Print Triennial Krakow held in Sweden: Dalarnas Museum, Falun and Meken Smedjebacked; Hammond Museum, New York; Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, New York; Flushing Town Hall, New York; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago and Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago.
Mithani was selected for artist residences at the Spudnik Press Co-operative, Chicago, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, and Space 118, Mumbai. His past teaching experiences include the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai; School School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Fulton Street Collective, Chicago and the Chicago Public Library, Chicago. In 2022, he was selected by Forbes India for their annual “30 under 30” list.
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