A contemporary Indian artist, Manish Nai is best known for his composite and multiform work summons a set of references and affinities from both Arte Povera and procedural art. In his practice, the artist uses discarded materials, cardboard, papers and fabrics, setting up the protocols and systems of artistic creation in themselves to define the final art object.
Born 1980 in Gujarat, India, Nai attained a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the L.S. Raheja School of Art in Mumbai. He has held solo exhibitions at Kavi Gupta ElizabethSt.; Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris; Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Mortiz; Galerie Mirchan-dani + Steinruecke, Mumbai; Galerie KarstenGreve, Cologne; and Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, among others. In 2014, Nai was selected for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
Coming from a family of textile merchants, Nai began exploring the opportunities offered by jute, a plant fibre widely used in India, turning it into the raw material of monolithic sculptural ensembles with striking and perfectly straight edges. Contiguous to a wooden structure, Nai’s compressed sculptures fall within the frontier of two and three dimensional planes. After refining his work in jute and canvas for nearly a decade, the artist began experimenting with illusionistic murals, photography, and sculpture.
Featured image: Manish Nai - Untitled, 2018. Used clothes and wood. Set of 100, each 8 × 3 × 3 in. 20.3 × 7.6 × 7.6 cm. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery