Manish Rao Jwade

Artist Manish Rao Jwade

Joined Craft Tatva: June 2021

Manish Kumar Rao’s suite of meticulous paintings promises its viewers a phantasmagorical journey through imaginary lands populated by strange architectural forms, metallic beings and dreamlike situations. The artist here is a raconteur, spinning fables that reach into his own subconscious to create a palimpsest effect. Rao cunningly hides objects within objects and tales within tales in his colourful works. His stories divined from diverse sources such as childhood narrations of kingly valour to contemporary social crisis clamour for attention from within the claustrophobic space of the drawings. Although Rao confesses admiration for artists Bosch, one can also trace influences of surrealists such as Escher and Dali and that of indigenous metal crafts and sculptures of India, keeping the artists and his works rooted within a modernist disposition. An alumnus of College of Art Delhi, Rao is a recipient of several awards and has numerous exhibitions and art projects to his credit. Born in 1972, Manish Rao Jwade, lives and works from Delhi, India.

Focus Areas: Surrealism

Artworks by Manish Rao Jwade

About Manish Rao Jwade

Educational Qualification:

2002 M.F.A (Painting) College of Art, New Delhi, (Delhi University)
1994 B.F.A (Painting) College of Art, New Delhi, (Delhi University)
1995 Diploma in Art Appreciation (National Museum, New Delhi)
Diploma in Art and Culture, (National Museum, New Delhi)

Camps and workshops:

● Portraits of Former Vice President, Sh. Krishan Kant Sharma, Sh. Bhairon Singh. Shekhawat for Rajya Sabha, Sh. Som Nath Chatterjee for Lok Sabha, Parliament House, New Delhi.
● EURO ART TOUR – Visit Art Galleries and Museums of London and Paris.
● Designed Murals for D.M.R.C (Delhi Metro), a project undertaken by the College of Art.
● Drawing selected by the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi for their collection.
● The artist-in-residence program at Dehgam Residency International Creative Art Centre, Gujrat.
● ‘Abhivyakti Art Festival’ Lucknow, 2018. ‘Rang Prasang and Art Context’.
● Artwork selected and printed on the cover page of Grimoire Fanzine – An International Art Magzine, Tunisia 2020
● ‘Spirit of Freedom’, online camp by India International Travel Art Group – 2020
● “Akshaya Kala Yatra” by Hina Bhatt Art Ventures, online Workshop – 2021
● ‘Chandigarh City-Seen & the Unseen’ – Painting Workshop by Chandigarh Tourism & Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi – 2021


2021 Award for excellence Art Work by International Art Community, India
2010 Facilitated by Meira Kumar, Speaker Lok Sabha for the contribution of portraits at Parliament House.
2003 Awarded by Camlin India for 2nd Northern Region Art Exhibition.
2001 First Prize in MFA Previous Year College of Art, New Delhi.
1991-94 Certificate of Merit by College of Art, New Delhi in the academic field.


1994 Hans Plaza Scholarship for Graphics (Screen Printing)
1993 Merit scholarship, College of Art, New Delhi.

Solo Shows:

2018 “Metanoia” One man show at Gallery Art’est, An Art Abode, Gurugram, India.
2006 “The Unsung” at Krishna’s Collection Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2004 “Epics” at Krishna’s Collection Art Gallery, New Delhi.

Two Men Show:

2009 “Voyage” at India Habitat Centre, Open Palm

Group Shows:

2021 ‘Group 21 Delhi’ – Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
2020 ‘Curat10n – Human/ Nature Virtual Exhibition, London, UK
2020 ‘Elixir’ – International Art Exhibition in Kafar Souseh, Damascus, Syria
2020 ‘Diversity of Line and Space’, International Drawing Exchange Programme
2020 ‘The Bridge’, International Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition, by National Academy of Art, Culture, and Heritage, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2020 ‘For the Kisans’, online National Exhibition by White Rose
2020 Group21 at CLKA, Chandigarh.
2020 Indo- Russian Friendship celebration at IGNCA, Delhi
2019 Busan International Art Fair – South Korea
2019 92nd AIFACS Annual Art Exhibition – New Delhi
2019 “12th Global Film Festival” – at Marwah Studios, Noida
2019 “AKATVA” – Festival of Art at Pandara Road, Delhi
2019 Jaipur Art Summit at Bombay Art Society, Bandra, Mumbai
2019 Artistgram – 2019 at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Center
2019 Soulmate – 2019 at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Center
2019 ‘Nook Asia’ at Marina Bay, Singapore
2019 ‘Art Gate Group Show’ at Art Gate Gallery, Churchgate, Mumbai
2019 ‘Kalabimb’ at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2018 ‘Rang Di Yaariyaan’ at Amdavad ni Gufa, Gujrat
2018 ‘Art Asia’ at Kintex, South Korea, (Jaipur Art Summit)
2018 “DOST LUK” at Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Centre, Thimphu, Bhutan
2014 ‘Spring Splash’ Group show at Ravindra Bhawan, New Delhi.
2010 Group show at Triveni Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2008 Romance with Umbrella at Alliance Francaise.
2007 60th Milestone at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2006 “Dimensions” at HDFC Bank Gurgoan.
2005 “Eternal Recurrence: Return” at Hotel Shangri La.
2005 “Black & White” at India Habitat Centre, Open Palm.
2005 “Journey within & beyond” an Ex-student forum of College of Art.
2005 “Hiroshima: Never Again” by Art Felt at Aparna Gallery, New Delhi.
2004 “Insaturation” an exhibition at Habitat Gallery.
2004 “Navsaar”, a group show at India Habitat Open Palm.

Work in Collection:

● College of Art
● National Gallery of Modern Art
● Parliament House
● Camlin Art Foundation
● ICAC Ahemdabad



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