Payal Agrawal, a young emerging artist, is founder of Suraj Decoratiu Art Gallery in Jalna, Maharashtra. She was first to introduced encaustic wax paintings in her region. She is currently pursuing Diploma in Painting from International Fine Art Academy with Bachelor of Commerce by Savitribai Phule, Pune University. She earned Interior Designing one-year professional Diploma Program by INIFD and Certificated in Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art by Museum of Modern Art University, NY; The Modern and The Postmodern (PART 1&2) by Wesleyan University, US; Sexing the Canvas: Art and Gender by University of Melbourne, Australia; Graphic Design Specialization by California Institute of the Arts, US. Her work has been featured in India’s most widely read newspapers.
INSIRATION

Maharashtra, my birth land with the diversity of religious beliefs and cultures, the landscapes and the light, the color, the seasons, the sunshine and the intense energy, has influenced my work greatly. Especially my family, the relationships I have with them.

I start with just an idea. An idea generated while working on architectural models (college projects) or sitting with my favourite family member(internal emotional rumblings and ideas), or a title of a poem or song, or a quote, or just something someone said. Our home, with the gatherings and celebrations is a constant source of inspiration. I also get inspired by simply splashing paint and colors onto a white canvas and from there images arise and fill my head, the splashing of color mostly transform into figures

I am inspired by everything around me.

AWARD AND RECOGNITION/EVENTS

Elementary Drawing Grade Examination-2004 by Government of Maharashtra
State Level Handwriting & Drawing Contest-2004
Intermediate Drawing Grade Examination-2007 by Government of Maharashtra
Best Camper Girl-2008 in Social Service Camp 10th to 18th Inter-School.
Jury’s Favorite & Best Painting-2015 in Annual Interior Exhibition.
Artwork Recognized in list of 1000 worldwide in #Artspaceartistsearch by ARTSpace NEWYORK.
Interior Exhibition Pictures Featured in INIFD Decan, Pune.
Art Featured in Blog – Abstracts – Artist Portfolio Magazine. (https://artistportfoliomagazine.blog/2016/12/09/payal-agrawal-abstracts-artist-portfolio-magazine)
Member of Aura Art. (http://www.auraart.in/#/artist/detail/583776e9334d8be44af372f7)
EXHIBITIONS

Nanded Display: August 2014.
Interior Exhibition: 31st January 2016 Annual Exhibition, Novotel Hotel, Pune.
Fine Art Show: 21st & 22nd May 2016 Pritamlal dua Art Gallery, Indore .
Solo Exhibition: “CLOSE TO THE NATURE” :22nd October 2016 Roopam Hall, Jalna.
(was inaugurated by Arjun ji Khotkar (State Minister) and graced by the presence of Bhaskarrao Danve (Maji Upnagar Adhyaksha), Bhaskar Ambedkar (Maji Nagaradhyaksh), Anirudha Khotkar (Zilla Parishad President), A J Borade (Education and Health Chairperson), Panditrao Bhutekar, Santhoshrao Mohta and many friends, family)

CONCEPT

“CLOSE TO THE NATURE” is a series of Artwork Inspired by symbiotic relationship with nature must be protected. I feel and compelled to express through my Art to the world the Beauty of Mother Earth and its conflict with pollution which weakens her at an alarming rate by human being.

PUBLICATIONS

Work Featured in INIFD Decan Pune Magazine 2015

PRESS

 22nd May 2016 Naidunia Indore. Page22. Article about Painting.
 21st October 2016, Dainik Anand Nagri Jalna Nagri. Page1.
 21st October 2016, Parshwabhoomi Jalna Newspaper. Page1.
 22nd October 2016, Hello Jalna Lokmat Times. Page1.
 23rd October 2016, Parshwabhoomi Jalna Newspaper. Page 4 and cont. article on Page2.
 24th October 2016, Apna Aurangabad Lokmat Times. Page5.