BIOGRAPHY

Seiko Kamosawa was born in Tokyo and grew up in Yokohama, a port city of Japan. While growing up there, she was exposed to various international cultures. She especially engaged with Indian culture by pursuing her undergraduate degree in South Asian studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies majoring Hindi and South Asian Studies. During the stay for a year in Delhi, she visited museums and galleries and started developing an interest in contemporary Indian art.

Following her passions, she then went to study Indian art history at SOAS at the University of London and also studied drawing and painting at Royal Drawing School. Later, she decided to return to India to join Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda as an Indian Council scholar, pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. It was at this university that she also earned master’s degree in painting in May 2019. She had her first solo exhibition at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi in June 2019 to present the culmination of my six-year practice and research in India. 

Since August 2019, Seiko has been living and working in the USA. After she studied at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for a year, she got awarded fully funded scholarship for her MFA at University of Delaware. She also has been working as a drawing instructor for undergraduate classes in the same university. 




Seiko's interview was broadcasted in Rajya Sabha TV on my solo show at the Japan Foundation, New Delhi, June 2019. It starts from 17:20 to 22:41 of the video.

Though the interview was conducted by Hindi, the announcer explained some description in English in between the interview. 

This video shows the summary of Piramal Art Residency in Mumbai I participated in August 2016. My interviews start at 3:20 and at 8:04 in the video.

CV

EDUCATION


2020-2023   University of Delaware, Newark, US (MFA, Fine Arts)

2019-2020   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, US ( MFA, Fine Arts)

2017-2019   MS University Of Baroda, Vadodara, IN ( MFA, Fine Arts, Painting)

2013-2017   MS University Of Baroda, Vadodara, IN ( BFA, Fine Arts, Painting)

2010-2011   Royal Drawing School, London, UK (Public courses, Drawing)

2010-2011   School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK (BA, History of Art, Exchange Study Program)

2008-2009   Central Institute of Hindi, Delhi, IN (Diploma, Hindi)

2006-2012   Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, JP (BA, South and West Asian Studies, Hindi)


SOLO EXHIBITION


2019 Jun-Jul  “Floating Realm -The Spring and Mystical Twins-“, Japan Foundation, New Delhi, IN


GROUP EXHIBITION


2020 Mar   "Intimate Explorations", Clark Hill, Philadelphia, US

2019 Oct   "Circle of Care", Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, US

2019 Oct   Girard Ave Street Fest and Trolley Shop, Philadelphia, US

2019 Apr   Final Display of Baroda, Vadodara, IN

2018 Jun   Opening Ceremony (Performance), Environmental Artist Residency, Chittorgarh, IN

2018 Mar   Full On -Video Art Presentation- (Video Performance), Vadodara, IN

2018 Feb   Annual Exhibition of “Drawing and Sketches Competition 2018”, Artists’ Centre, Mumbai, IN

2017 Sep   Open Day of Body Workshop (Performance), Vadodara, IN

2017 May   Final Display of Baroda, Vadodara, IN

2017 Mar   “All India Women Artists’ Art Exhibition 2017”, Art Scapes, Chandigarh, IN

2017 Mar   “Zarra”, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, Vadodara, IN

2017 Feb   Nasreen Mohamedi Display, of Baroda, Vadodara, IN

2016 Oct   “First Take 2016”, Abir, Ahmedabad, IN

2016 Aug   "Fragments”, Beatles Cafe, Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai, IN

2016 Jan   Nasreen Mohamedi Display, of Baroda, Vadodara, IN


ARTIST IN RESIDENCE


2021 Aug  319 AIR, Pink Noise Project Gallery, Philadelphia, US

2018 Jun   Environmental Artist Residency, Chittorgarh, IN

2018 Mar   International Women Environmental Art Camp, Chittorgarh, IN

2018 Mar   “6th Sowing Seeds 2018”International Rural Artists’ residency, Kaman Art Foundation, Jaisalmer, IN

2016 Aug   Piramal Art Residency, Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai, IN


INTERNSHIP AND WORKSHOP


2018 Aug  Chau Mask Making by Sutradar Family, Chorida, IN

2018 Jun   Pahari Miniature Painting by Vijay Sharma, Chamba, IN

2018 Feb   Video Workshop by Gigi Scaria, Vadodara, IN

2017 Sep   Body Workshop (Performance) by Nikhil Chopra, Madhavi Gore, Jana Pepluh, Vadodara, IN

2016 Mar   Mithu Sen Studio, New Delhi, IN


AWARD AND SCHOLARSHIP


2021 Jul    CAS Competitive Graduate Student Research Travel Grant, University of Delaware, Newark, US

2020 Apr   Fully Funded Tuition Scholarship, University of Delaware, Newark, US

2019 Feb   Artistic Excellence Scholarship and Alumni Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,  

                  Philadelphia, US

2018 Feb   “Drawing and Sketches Competition 2018”, Artists’ Centre, Mumbai, IN (Selected)

2017 Mar   “All India Women Artists’ Art Exhibition 2017”, Art Scapes, (Selected)

2016 Oct    “First Take 2016”, Abir, Ahmedabad, IN, (Selected)

2016 Aug    Piramal Art Residency, Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai, IN (Selected)

2013-2017  General Cultural Scholarship, ICCR, IN

2010-2011   Exchange Study program (SOAS and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), JP

2008-2009   General Cultural Scholarship, ICCR, IN


TEACHING AND WORKING EXPERIENCE


2020 Jan-May   Teaching Assistantship for Scott Noel, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, US

2019 Sep-Onward   Gallery Assistantship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, US

2019 Jul   Drawing Workshop, EKMATTARA Children Home, Dhaka, BGD

2016 Aug- 2017 Apr Tutoring for Hindi language, Baroda, IN

2013 Oct – 2014 Jan Tutoring for Hindi language, Baroda, IN

2012 Jan- 2013 Jun   Technical Assistantship and Interpreter (Hindi-Japanese-English), NHK World Radio Hindi Section, Tokyo, JP

2005 Apr-2006 Feb   English teacher, Y-Juku (tuition school for high school students), Yokohama, JP


PUBLIC COLLECTION


Piramal Museum, Mumbai, IN