About

​​​New Delhi based, Indian sculptor Valay Gada’s work reflects concerns linked to the impact of urbanization and climate change which are causing an erosion of the natural world. The surface seduction of his larger than life botanical works belies a looming threat.  The artist holds that green spaces are shrinking in the absence of urban planning. As water is drained from the earth to feed private swimming pools, a lost Arcadian landscape is mirrored in the sylvan names of high rise blocks. Despite the nomenclature of urban unplanned sprawl the only true colour, outside of artificially sprinkled golf courses, is the ash grey of concrete. Urban drift and population explosion has led to the property boom, a modern gold rush of shopping malls and high rise living that isolates and disintegrates the social fabric of traditional India. Gada’s inspiration also stems from the desire to preserve and adapt India's craft traditions in harmony with nature. 

Valay is also an award winning product designer- ​www.cobaltdesigns.in


Education:
National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi India 
2004-2008 B.Des in Fashion lifestyle & Accessories Design. 

Wilson College, Mumbai India
2000-2003 B.A- Wilson College in English Literature 

Solo Show
2014
‘Anthills of the Urban Savannah’, The Loft at Lowerparel, Mumbai, India.

Group Shows/ Fairs

2016
'Future tense', India Design2016, New Delhi, India

2015
'The I Within', Art Centrix Space, New Delhi, India
'Where is Queer? When is Queer? What is Queer?', Goethe Institut, New Delhi, India
'Breaking Bounderies', Good Homes for Art 2015, Mumbai, India
'Illumination: the art of light', Apparao Galleries, New Delhi, India
Matheran Green Festival, India
Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt, Germany

2014
Start Art Fair, The Loft at Lowerparel, Saatchi Gallery, London
'Ritual & Reason', Apparao Galleries, Chennai, India
India Art Fair, The Loft at Lowerparel, New Delhi, India

2013
‘Vikroli Skins’, Godrej India Culture Lab, Mumbai, India
Exhibit A , The Loft at Lowerparel, Mumbai, India
India Art Fair-'Red in E minor',The Loft at Lowerparel, Mumbai, India
20 Under 35- Design x Design, Gallerie Roland Romain, New Delhi

Publications & Awards:
Elle Decor International Design Award (EDIDA) Young Talent 2014
Indian Contemporary Art Journal (Article), India, Vol.12, 2014
Times of India (Article), India, 26th April, 2014
India Today (Article), India, 11th Feb 2013

Professional Engagements
2011-2012 Creative Director Ode Designs pvt ltd 
2008-2011 Product Designer Viya Home