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, IL
Meridians Sector, Art Basel Miami Beach, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL
Materiality, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
Manish Nai: Recent Works, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

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

Manish Nai: Capturing Time, 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, IL


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

The Future is not Fixed, online exhibition, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India
The Written Word, online exhibition, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL
The Idea of the Acrobat, Bikaner House, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

Alterations Activation Abstraction, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
Deeper Within Its Silence, Devil Art Foundation, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad, India

Connecting Threads: Textiled in Contemporary Practice, Bhau Daji Lad Musuem, Mumbai, India
Dhaka Art Summit, Para Site, Hong Kong
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, PL

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

Abstract Chronicles, curated by Girish Shahane, Gallery OED, Kochi, India
Gallerists as Interventionists: Collaboration as Strategy, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India

2015Prudential Eye Award Exhibition, Art Science Museum, Singapore

Ethereal, curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Midnight’s Grandchildren, curated by Girish Shahane, Studio X, Mumbai, India

2013 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, India
examples to follow!, curated by Adrienne Goehler, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India

Abstract Articulations, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India
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
5th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
India Art Summit, New Delhi, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Relative Visa, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
PANORAMA: INDIA, ARCO_Madrid, Madrid, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Gallery Weekend presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrueckeat the Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
Second Edition of Art Summit, New Delhi, Presented by Apparao Gallerie

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

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

Beppu Asia Contemporary Art Exhibition, Beppu Museum, Japan

Monsoon Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India