Manish Nai

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b. 1980 Gujarat, India Lives and works in Mumbai

Born 1980 in Gujarat, India, Manish Nai attained a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the L.S. Raheja School of Art in Mumbai. He has held solo exhibitions at Kavi Gupta ElizabethSt.; Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris; Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Mortiz; Galerie Mirchan-dani + Steinruecke, Mumbai; Galerie KarstenGreve, Cologne; and Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, among others. In 2014, Nai was selected for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.


Using material that was both modest and quintessentially Indian, like jute and newspaper, Nai’s pieces were and are studies in tedious complexities that, once completed, are presented as a tightly organized unit. The media that Nai uses are usually cheap and ubiquitous, alluding to both hierarchies of artistic media and Indian social structures.

Solo Exhibitions


Manish Nai, A History Of Gestures, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, USA


Meridians Sector, Art Basel Miami beach, Kavi Gupta

Paper City and Ghost Modernity, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai



Het Noordbrabants Museum, Netherlands



Expo Chicago, Curated by Florence Derieux, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, USA


Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France


Matter as Medium, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015Manish Nai, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, USA


Manish Nai, Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2013Sculpting in Time, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke at Art Basel, Hong Kong

COMPACT, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, Germany

Extramural, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, Catalogue essay by Girish Shahane

Manish Nai – New Works, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany, Curated by Julia Ritterskamp


Minimal Structures, Apparao Galleries, Delhi and Chennai


Threading A Coded Path, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

The Museum Gallery, Curated by Pinakin Patel

Group Exhibitions


ALTERATIONS ACTIVATION ABSTRACTION, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, New York, Chelsea



Turn of the Tide, KHOJ International Artists’ Association, New Delhi, India


Trees of Life — Knowledge in Material, NTU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore, Gillman Barracks, Singapore



A beast, a god and a line, curated by Cosmic Costinas, Museum of  Modern Art in Warsaw, Dhaka Art Summit, Para Site, Hong Kong


The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace curated by Peter Nagy, Nahargrah Fort, Jaipur, India


Asymmetrical Objects, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, DR. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India


DWELLING – 10th Anniversary Show (Part II), curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

Gallerists as Interventionists: Collaboration as Strategy, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India



Abstract Chronicles, curated by Girish Shahane, Gallery OED, Kochi, India

2015Prudential Eye Award Exhibition, Art Science Museum, Singapore

Ethereal, curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA


Midnight’s Grandchildren, curated by Girish Shahane, Studio X, Mumbai, India


The Material Point: Reconsidering the Medium in the (Post)modern Moment’, curated by Kathleen Wyma, Gallery OED, Kochi, India

2012 The Indian Parallax or the Doubling of Happiness, curated by Shaheen Merali, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, India


9th Shanghai Biennale – Mumbai Pavilion, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt and Susan Hapgood, Shanghai, China


news, with Eberhard Havekost, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India


Art HK12, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke


The Skoda Prize Show, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

examples to follow!, curated by Adrienne Goehler, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India

Abstract Articulations, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

Home Spun, curated by Girish Shahane, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India


India Inclusive: Contemporary Art from India, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

PANORAMA: INDIA, ARCO_Madrid, Madrid, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke


Relative Visa, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

Gallery Weekend presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrueckeat the Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

1st Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

Present-Future, curated by Dr. Saryu Doshi, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India