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Nilesh Vede

“Nilesh Vede has an incredible ability to translate his thoughts on[to] paper or canvas.”

~ Salman Khan, Bollywood actor

Born in 1981, this young contemporary artist who has a Diploma in Applied Art (Elementary) from the L.S. Raheja School is rapidly making his mark on the local and national art scene with his bold and striking figurative artworks.

His latest solo exhibition “Selfie” at the Jehangir Art Gallery was widely appreciated by art critics and collectors for its impactful impressions which remained etched in the memories of viewers long after the event.

'Selfie' an inspiring word. I have a different point of view on what a 'Selfie' could be. It can be an artistic way of self-reflection, observation of your own thoughts and actions."  -Nilesh Vede.

Inspired by Vipassana meditation, Vede, describes his work as a documentation of his own personal journeys within himself.  His large canvases with finely modeled textured faces staring straight into the viewers’ eyes, or downcast in deep thought, hold one’s attention and don’t let it go. And as one looks back at those eyes, one is drawn in into the finer nuances of digging within, almost like rediscovering secrets about oneself. Vede’s Selfie series explores the perennial obsession we have with the image we present to the outside world for approval, acceptance, and self esteem. A mask that we not only allow to take over our waking moments, but carry along with us into our sleep, to churn its way through our dreams.

Nilesh Vede’s work has found a place in the collections of Dr. A.P.J. Kalam and various Bollywood celebrities including Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan to name a few. He has also participated in several solo and group shows throughout his 11 year career and is definitely an artist to watch out for.