Simrin Mehra Agarwal lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2002 and with a master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2004 from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India with a specialisation in Painting. Thereafter, she studied Sculpture at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK. Simrin is the recipient of the Manarat Al Saadiyat Art Studio Residency (2021), Abu Dhabi, UAE; Cultural Foundation Art Residency (2020), Abu Dhabi, UAE; French Government Scholarship and Residency (2007-8), Paris, France; National Winner Nokia Arts Award Asia Pacific (2000), Seoul, South Korea; Sailoz Award for Excellence (2002), College of Art, New Delhi, India; and was awarded the Gold Medalist for Fine Arts 2003 from Delhi University, India.
Agarwal’s solo exhibitions include: Hierarchy-Il Museo Mentale Di Simrin Mehra Agarwal, Laboratorio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (2010), represented by (AMACI) Association of Italian Museums of Contemporary Art and Start Milan Artweek; Simrin Mehra Agarwal-Recent Works at Studio Medico Boscovich, Milan, Italy (2012); The Hidden Courtyard, 1×1 Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2013); Hortus Arcanus, Art Space, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2021); Hortus Arcanus, 1×1 Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE as part of Alserkal Art Week (2021); Fossilized, Art Space, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2021).
Agarwal’s group shows and projects include: In the Studio, Guggenheim Museum Project, Abu Dhabi (2021); Interconnection, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2021); Murals of History, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2021); I for Inscription, Luxe Museum, Singapore (2013); Songs of Joy, Songs of Sorrow, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India (2010); Surface Depth, H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2010); New Asian Promises, Palais Bruener, Vienna, Austria (2009); Anomalies, Rossi & Rossi, London, UK (2009); Inner Vision, The Guild, New York, USA (2008); World One Minutes, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2008) and One Minute Foundation, Amsterdam, NL (2008); The Sun Rises in the East, Galerie Christian Hosp, Berlin, Germany (2008-9); Trends and Trivia, Hong Kong Visual Arts Center, Hong Kong, China (2008); Spy, Museum Gallery, Mumbai, India (2007); 48th National Exhibition of Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (2006); Nokia Arts Award Asia Pacific 2000, Insa Art Center, Seoul, South Korea (2001), travelling exhibition across 14 Asia Pacific countries, (2001-02). She has participated in collateral exhibitions of the Kochi Muziris Biennial, Kochi, India including Re-Picturing the Feminine (2012-13), Contemporary Contingencies (2014-15) and Gentle War (2018-19), in a two-person show, Gallery Oed; Art Bahrain Across Borders (ARTBAB) in a two-person show, Manama, Bahrain (2018); Art Melbourne Asia Pacific Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia (2012) and India Art Fair, New Delhi, India (2009-15); Streets have no name, Salaam Balaak Trust, travelling exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi, India; Indigo Blue Art, Singapore; Durban Art Gallery, Durban, the Design and Craft Center, Johannesburg, South Africa (2010); Community Arts Projects and Bihar Diwas, British Council, Kolkata, India (2011-13); Khirkee ki Khoj and Khirkee Mural, Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi, India (2005-7). In 2021, Agarwal has exhibited in Art Space, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Simrin is a recipient of the Cultural Foundation Art Residency 2020.Read More Read Less