Teja Gavankar (b.1986, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) received her BFA from L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, 2006 and MVA in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, 2014. She also holds a certificate in Indian Aesthetics from Kalina University, Mumbai.
In 2017, Gavankar had her first international solo-exhibition at Optica Center for Contemporary Art in Montreal and also showed at Serendipity Art Festival, Goa (2016). Teja received the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Supporting International (India-Quebec) Residency at The Darling Foundry in Montreal, Canada in 2014; She has also attended several residencies like What About Art (Mumbai, 2016), Space Studio (Vadodara, 2019), Khoj Peers program (2014), and Activating Space (2015) at Khoj International Artist Association in Delhi, India; Verticale Artist Center, Laval, Canada (2015) and Space118 contemporaries residency, Mumbai (2020). She collaborated with Case Design on a project which was a part of Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.
Teja’s artistic practice is firmly rooted in drawing and site-specific sculpture, with a proclivity towards spaces, objects, and materials in her immediate surroundings, which serve as compelling mediums to translate her life experiences. Her artworks seek to inspire subconscious connections in physical spaces, by subverting mundane spaces with subtle distortions and alterations that add unexpected dimensions. Teja chronicles the lessons and implications of subtle changes in her everyday life in an organic and minimalistic language.
Teja lives and works in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.