Gunjan C. Kumar


Gunjan Kumar is born and raised in Punjab, India. She is a textile graduate and has keen interest in age-old methods, archeology, pre-historic and tribal arts. She has traveled extensively exploring her interest in these areas. These experiences form the undertone of her artistic practice. Self taught in arts, she uses ground earth and minerals like shell oysters, clay, calcium carbonate, turmeric etc. as her core mediums, applied on Japanese paper, using a self-developed technique inspired by traditional methods. She is a fellow at the Edward Albee Foundation ( 2016 – 2017), New York. In 2017, her works have been showcased at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago Art Department and Donnelley Foundation, Chicago. She is currently working on a solo show at the Victorian Art Gallery, Bourbonnais, Illinois due this September. She lives and works in Chicago



2017  comma, Solo Show, Sep 2017, Victorian House Art Gallery, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, USA

2017  What Lies Beneath , Two Person Show, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL, USA

2017  SEDIMENTED, Four Person Show, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL, USA

2015   Unfolding Matter, Three Person Show, Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, USA

Select Group Exhibitions 

2017  UNEARTH curated by Kanika Anand, Gallery Exhibit 320, New Delhi, India

2017  I Have Vivid Memories of Lightning curated by Kate Pollasch at the Donnelley Foundation in collaboration with Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL, USA

2016   Expanding Borders: 2nd Biennial ONU Regional Art Exhibition,Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL, USA

2016   Tall Grass Association Annual Gallery Artist Exhibition, Juried Show, Park Forest, IL USA

2016   Nine – A Window to Contemporary India – Show of select works by Nine Indian Artists, Hubbard Street Lofts, Chicago, IL, USA

2016   Home is where I am, ARNA, Skane, Sweden

2016   One Inspired Evening Benefit Auction for Inspiration Corporation Juried by Stan Klein, Deborah Maris Lader, and Steven E. Gross, Chicago, USA

2015   Far Flung –  Contemporary Art of the Mid West, Juried Show, Arts on Elston Gallery, Chicago, USA

Residency Awarded 

2016- 2017   The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Long Island, New York

Honors & Awards

2014 Tip Coleman Scholarship for Nihonga – A workshop that emphasized on age old Japanese painting techniques using natural and mineral pigments.

2003 Awarded the Most Creative Design Collection, Confluence ’03, NIFT (India). The design collection was made out of organic and eco friendly fibers – cotton, jute, linen etc. dyed in vegetable dyes. It is now a part of the Resource Center of National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi

Select Permanent Collections 

Edward Albee Foundation, New York

Charles Katzenmeyer, Vice President, Field Museum, Chicago ( private)

BML Munjal University, New Delhi


New Art Examiner, May2017   No. 5, May/June 2017

Columbia Chronicle, March 2017

UIMA, February 2017

Praeterita, October 2015


2001-03 Post Graduate Diploma in Textiles, National Institute of Fashion Technology ( NIFT), New Delhi, India
1999 -01 Bachelors in Economics ( Hons.), MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, India

Independent Study

2014 Workshop – Nihonga – Then and Now, Litchfield, Connecticut
2014 Research based study in mineral and natural pigments under artist Judith Kruger
2013 Study in Natural Dyes under Master craftsmen, Bhuj ,India
2012 Study in traditional Tie Dye and Shibori  under Master craftsmen, Jaipur, India
2011 Research based study in Madhubani Paintings (a form of traditional folk art) to study use of natural substances and marriage of mythology, tradition and abstraction in an art form, Jitwarpur, Madhubani District Bihar, India.
2010 Study in natural dyes and Batiks, Vijayawada,India

Gunjan Kumar 2017