Mahavir Wadhwana (b. 1993, Surendranagar, Gujarat, India) has completed his BVA and MVA in Painting from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara in 2019 and 2021 respectively.
Mahavir’s solo shows include Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai (2020). His group shows include The Cuartives Kanan, Karma Foundation, Samara Art Gallery, Ahmedabad (2019); Abir Art Foundation, Ahmedabad (2018). He has received the 65th State Award by Gujarat Lalit Kala Academy and Scholarships, Ahmedabad (2015); Jayram Patel Scholarship Award from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara (2018) and ‘Late Milind Madhukar Bhade Gold Medal’ for MVA in Painting, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara (2021). He has been an active participant in various workshops and residency programs including Arts4All-Sonalika Residency Programs organized by Sanskriti Museums Anandgram, New Delhi (2019). He was one of the participating artists at the Annual Residency Programs organized by Space Studio, Vadodara (2021).
Mahavir’s works appreciate and celebrate the intricacies of struggling-class life and serendipitous insights into the social paradigm. Most of his works are developed out of empathetic observations as he dives deep into generic characters, animate/inanimate objects, and sensory experiences which are expressed and reflected within his paintings. With the subtle use of colours, delicate lines, overall sense of composition and the self-contained subject matter of symbolic realities; he points out the sociological, political, and psychological instances of undaunted human responses. Organic & repetitive patterns, subdued colours, ambiguous contours and the amalgamation of painting, embossing and collaging techniques define his work. Experimenting with the pigments, fabrics, materials and painting surfaces he continues to widen the range of mediums used for his paintings.
Mahavir lives and works in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.