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Art is the highest form of self-expression. It is able to transform all of our movements, thoughts and ideas, into movements and culture. Through art we bring forward our thoughts, emotions and also participate in bringing to light social and cultural awareness. Through dialogue, we are able to share our art and learn not only why we are different but empathize with what makes us the same.

South Asia has always been at the center of art culture. Throughout our history, from textiles to paintings, calligraphy and jewelry, India’s rich history and people’s have cultivated one of the largest palates of culture in the world. A vast landscape of art, style and culture that is distinctly unique from the last, India is home to many masters. Today more than ever, we feel these masters and their art culture, belong in the global discourse.

Like India, Canada has rich and diverse art history. A canvas which originally housed Indigenous Canadian art and culture, grew through it’s history to redefine what it is Canadian art. Today, Canada boast’s one of the most diverse cultural canvases in the world. Creating a space for us all continuously expand that cultural canvas, etching our styles and identity into it along the way.

NAMsh – Splash Art Gallery a digital art gallery, whose focus is to promote and elevate the discourse and understanding of South Asian art and culture in the global art space, by collaborating directly with senior artists, and galleries who share our vision and goals.

La Aartemisia Studio and Gallery is hosting a digital exhibition Titled,
The exhibition’s focus is to create a cross-cultural dialogue by introducing each community to the unique and rich art styles that the artists and their work exemplify.
From 22nd April to 7th May 2022.
The show is Curated by Sanjukta Arun from India and Nain Amyn from Canada.

Faisal Mateen

Faisal Mateen is the founder of Art for Cause “I Design Dreams” and “Surma Bhopali fictional character”….He is a native of India and has been active in the field of “Art and Designing” since 30 years. He is an artist and a creative designer by his profession…He is 51 and had got his PG degree in Fine art (Drawing & Painting). He has also worked as an fine Art lecturare in the famous Oak Grove School (among the top 10 boarding schools of India) in Mussoourie.. He lived in Madina & Jeddah (KSA) & Dubai (UAE) in various AD agencies and worked as a Creative/senior designer. He worked in India in various Publishing companies as a senior graphic artist (Designed many course books and childrens’ books). He has over 30 group and solo art exhibitions in India & abroad (Including 2 exhibitions held in famous Jehangir Art Gallery Mumbai) to his credit. During Pendamic Art for cause organised 18 international online exhibition, got many international award.

G. Subramanian

It is believed that with loss that a new life begins. As a young artist in the city, G. Subramanian was carving a niche for himself as a decorative painter, when his only daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Her passing away shattered all possibilities and his life came to a standstill. He went on a spiritual journey in search of answers, yet his life seemed distant and blurry. His reverie was broken when he won a gold medal in an art competition, which led him to take weekend art classes for children. He visited the Sistine Chapel in Italy, and while facing Michelangelo’s master piece, he found his path and a whole new meaning to his life.

Maitreyi Nandi

Maitreyi is a freelance artist who has been painting for more than 25 years. She was born and brought up in Kolkata. She studied BVA from Rabindra Bharati University, Jorasanko. She lives and works in Gurgaon.Art for her is the manifestation of society’s reality, diversity and culture. The dexterity and diligence shown by her in the field of art has been praised by numerous established organisations worldwide.

She has participated in prestigious national and international exhibitions and received recognitions, including Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, Make in India awards, Karma Veer Chakra award (bronze, silver & gold) instituted by international confederation of NGOs and United Nations along with Rex Global Fellowships.

Nawal Kishore

His education in B.F.A. in 2000 & M.F.A. in 2004 in painting from Lucknow College of Arts & Crafts, Lucknow, (U.P.) & Art Appreciation course from State Museum, Lucknow (1999). He worked on the Research Grant of Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi in Garhi art studio, New Delhi 2001-02. He has done 25 solo shows in India and abroad.
His works have been exhibited in a number of group shows at State Lalit Kala Academi, Lucknow, Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi, Gurgaon (Haryana), Noida, Allahabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Mumbai, Singapore, Dubai, America (U.S.A.) & in PRESIDENT HOUSE-NEW DELHI. His paintings were also a part of Auction at Art Bangalore (2012) org. by Christel House, Bangalore (AP) in 2012.

Nayanaa Kanodia

Nayanaa Kanodia was born in 1950, and she grew up in Delhi, from an upper middle-class Indian family. A class torn between modern pretensions and revivalist hangover, it was tough for Nayanaa Kanodia to prove not only for others, but also to herself that she wanted to become an artist…a painter. Nayanaa recalls that during her younger years she was constantly painting even when everyone was thinking that she was going to become an economist as she was enrolled as a student of economics at Delhi University. She won the National Scholarship of the Government of India in Economics (Honours). She says that it was always on her mind to work extra hard with her painting as she was not attending art school like other artists. Lack of formal training enabled her to bring patterns of strong individuation in her work. This also helped her to avoid academic obsession for the hierarchy of high and low art and helped her to present the dynamics of social reality in the concrete frames of virtuality.

Prakash Ghadge

Born in 1955, Maharashtra. He is an Alumnus of the prestigious Sir JJ School of Arts. He has participated in more than 41, group shows, 12 Art camps and has 13 solo shows to his credit, worldwide. His artworks are in proud possession of many private and corporate Art lovers.

Prakash Ghadge has been working in the medium of pen and ink on canvas for over forty years, wherein he has majorly depicted landscapes or conceptual works inspired from nature. He creates monumental works in a medium which very painstakingly develops, to depict the power of lines and dots. Consistently building on the tones, he evokes the presence of light in each and every work, bringing a lot of positive energy.

Dr Sam Dutta

Dr Sam Dutta MS, DNB, FRCSEd, FRCS Gen Surg. Sam started painting at a very early age and took to oil painting as a teenager. With very little formal art education, Sam’s early efforts were hugely supported by friends and family. He remembers vividly as a young boy he went with his father to College Street, Kolkata to buy some books on art and to Esplanade to the renowned art shop G C Laha to buy his first box of oil paints, some oil painting paper, four brushes and a wooden palette he still retains. With the best grades in ISC (year 12) and a guaranteed entry to Kolkata Medical College, Sam made his choice. Years later the oil painting of his Alma mater is still one of his best works.

Art remained a passion while a career in medicine was the destiny. Do doctors get time to paint, or should they? Are they not supposed to work so hard that they have no time for themselves or family? It was difficult to put the dream and profession together and Sam gave up painting at 19 and devoted his time to medical science and qualified as a surgeon.

Sanjukta Barik

Sanjukta is a Mumbai based Well known Eminent Artist,  a painter, a dreamer, who cannot but yearns to create something new every moment of her life! She is an MBA  in Sales and Marketing with a Diploma in International Business. She took to her true inner calling for Art, after a short promising stint in the Corporate sector. Blessed with a keen sense of aesthetic dexterity in various skills and absolute command over the medium she uses, she has been able to carve a niche for herself in the present Contemporary Art scenario.

Subhash Shorey

Subhash Shorey was bornin 1965;Chandigarh,India has been working for 30 years in the field of painting, drawing and printmaking. He is a prolific artist and Art teacher in Government School Chandigarh. He did BFA a Five-year degree course in painting, M.A. in History of Art, B.Ed. and two-year training in printmaking. He is the recipient of the National Scholarship in 1998, Department of Culture, MHRD, Govt. of India. Now, Subhash Shorey is collected in countries worldwide and his work graces the homes of people pan India. His unique path to success was about stepping into the inner self. It was about staying true to his desire to express emotions through art.

Vipta Kapadia

Vipta Kapadia is a Well known Eminent Artist based in Mumbai. Abstraction is her fortay. She creates magic with her deft hands on her Canvases.
Here Vipta speaks to us through her beautiful abstracts that leave the viewers in awe.

Bhavna Bhatnagar

Bhavna Bhatnagar was born in New Delhi, India. After arriving in Toronto in 1989 she volunteered at Ontario’s London Art Gallery. Originally focused on oil-painting and decorative arts, Bhavna pursued numerous other mediums after beginning her artistic career in Canada. Taking classes in French paper tole art at Fanshawe college, she then mastered and taught art at a community centre in London, Ontario.

​ After moving to Toronto in 1993 Bhavna attended George Brown College where she graduated with a professional diploma in ceramics. As Bhavna became increasingly involved in the art community through the Potter’s Guild, of which she joined in 2012, she began to participate in juried events and exhibitions while also coordinating successful Diwali art shows to present her unique art works, winning multiple awards from different art organizations. She was also invited to the Vibrant Ceramics Summit in India as VIP delegate from Canada, thus increasing her interest in the integration of ceramics and technology.

Breann Ritchie

Breann Ritchie was born in Grimsby, Ontario on October 4th, 1988. In 2007, Breann was accepted to the Art and Art History specialist program at the University of Toronto, joint with Sheridan Institute. In November of 2011, Breann graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Visual Arts (specializing in Sculpture and Drawing) from Sheridan Institute.

Breann has shown work at various galleries in Toronto including UTAC and in Mississauga including Blackwood Gallery. At the MARTY Awards in Mississauga, Breann received Honorary Mention in the category of Emerging Visual Arts. She has also received two awards from the Chancellor’s office at the University of Toronto allowing her to show her work in their office for a year at a time.


Emilie is a French Canadian artist, she comes from the beautiful town of Quebec City. As far back as she can remember, she loves arts and colors. Her mother who is an artist too give it her his first brushes. She’s too a professional make-up artist for 15 years and she haves also a graphist formation. Emilie have a real attraction to abstract painting but she does figurative too. You can feel his passion through each painting she paints.


In-Ah is a graduate in 2D and 3D animation from the Gobelins, l’école de l’image in Paris, France. She has worked in the film industry at companies such as Sony Imageworks, Framestore, MPC and Double Negative. Her film credits include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Tale of Despereaux, Where the Wild Things Are, Iron Man 2, Paul, The Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Goosebumps. She was nominated for a VES Award for her work as Lead Animator on China Doll in Oz, the Great and Powerful.
As a German Korean hybrid, In-Ah has a passion for travel and languages and gives animation workshops in Europe every year. During the pandemic she returned to her love to paint, draw, and print.

Meena Chopra

Meena Chopra is a Canada based visual artist, digital artist & poet She has been practising her poetry and visual art for over three decades. She has exhibited her art in many countries and has had over 90 solo and group shows. Her paintings are with art institutions, Corporations, Government Bodies, Embassies, Hotels and in Private Collections in India, Canada, Australia, England, Switzerland, Dubai and Kuwait (Princesses Aisha al Sabah of the royal family of Kuwait). As a poet she has authored three poetry books and co-edited one.
A painter, sculptor, designer, producer, curator and a poet, Meena has been a recipient of many awards for her contribution to arts and literature. To name a few, she received first prize by Visual Arts in Canada in 2017.


Miro was born, raised and educated in Slovenia. In 1970 he arrived in Canada, that same year moved to New York, then three years later ended up in Toronto. His art is characterized by its unique and whimsical subjects. There is often an element of poetry or prose, inspired by the central image.
Throughout younger days he earned a living with legs, as a professional soccer player. Later on he made a living with hands, as an artist. Imagine the possibilities if he worked with his head (one of Miro’s sayings)?
Miro began full time professional art in the mid 70s. His most recent work was in mixed media.

Ola Chi

Ola Chi is an international artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her works are inspired by the mysteries of human experiences. Ola creates multidimensional canvases, incorporating various texture materials, gold leaf and Augmented reality to invite viewers for deeper exploration. She works in both abstract and figurative style, with imaginative portraiture being her favourite.

She explains: “Painting is a sacred ritual to me, I want to explore the unknown within and bring transparency to the raw, authentic emotion. I had traveled the world, lived in 8 different countries, but the most fascinating trips for me were the journeys into a human soul”

Vibha Malhotra

Magical colours, their interaction, created beauty brings joy. Passionate about arts, sewing, crocheting, knitting, ceramics, writing, poetry. Self-taught, with workshops Sheridan and VAM. Expressionism, pen-air, portraiture and flowers.
Exhibited in several galleries, Various Juried and other shows at VAM, Baux Brampton, Neilson Park, Joshua Creek, Assembly Hall, TD Mosaic, Art in Park, Artusiasm, TWAC Art world, Mississauga Central Library, CFS.
Member of CFS, AOTC, ArtTrendz, Bindaas Artists, Run Artist Hub. Mississauga Art Council and Art Gallery of Mississauga. The executive committee of Colour and Form Society, Facilitator at Canadian Writer Collective. Realtor by profession, with the heart and spirit of an Artist.