Roohi’s sensitivity and creativity has found expression through her art and she has been drawing and painting since childhood. The little girl serendipitously discovered a box of paints at her home in Delhi when she was all of six and as soon as she applied her first brush strokes on the walls of their driveway, she was hooked. 

She spent a considerable amount of time in the art room and also chose to study Art as one of her main subjects at the New Delhi-based Vasant Valley School. Graduating in Sociology from the University of Nottingham, her final year dissertation explored the dynamics of sexuality of the Indian woman as portrayed in contemporary Indian media. Incorporating western theory, she examined notions of idealized womanhood in the context of Indian traditional, cultural and societal boundaries, which started to reflect in her drawings and paintings. 

Graduation was followed by a creative painting course at Central Saint Martins. Further workshops, art camps and courses, in India, Europe and the USA gave her invaluable insight into the traditionalist view of drawing and painting (Portraiture at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Care of Paintings & Illustrative Manuscripts at the National Museum in New Delhi, Traditionalist Drawing at the Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi) along with more contemporary and modern approaches (Fine Art Foundation at UCL Slade School of Fine Art in London, Advanced Drawing & Painting Course at the Parsons School of Art & Design in New York etc.).

As an artist who is constantly evolving, Roohi enjoys working with acrylics on canvas, besides oils, and some experiments in watercolours. Glass work and collages also feature in her compositions, and she often deploys mixed media techniques in her creations. Moreover, she sketches with both pencil and charcoal on paper. 

Roohi is a certified graphic designer having completed an Adobe certification course in Illustrator, Indesign and Photoshop and apart from developing her own exhibition catalogues, invitations, and digital portfolios, she has designed logos, brochures, catalogues, websites, and much more for other organisations.

She has had four successful solo shows in New Delhi, one amongst which was at the prestigious Lalit Kala Akademy and has curated shows for international artists as well as participated in a number of group shows. And, she has been commissioned for curating specialized personal projects along with some commercial projects in India, the U.K. and the Philippines. 

Experiments with both fine art and graphics enable the versatile Roohi to expand her horizons and incorporate myriad facets of design into her multi-dimensional body of work. Working towards changing her vision into reality, she believes that she has miles to go before she sleeps…


PAST EXHIBITIONS:

November 2013: Synergy – a group show curated by Roohi of 100 works by 10 artists from Australia, Holland, Portugal, United Kingdom and India at the Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

March 2013:  Bloom – a solo show of paintings at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

November 2012: THINK2012 - Art for Freedom - The Challenge of Liberty – a group show curated by Tehelka in association with Sotheby’s, Grand Hyatt, Goa

November 2011: Mindscapes – a solo show curated by Ron Brinkers at the Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

March 2010: Solo Show of paintings at the Avalon Courtyard, M.G.Road, New Delhi

July 2008: Canvas India curated by E-Paintings in aid of The William Ross Murray Scholarship at the International Students House, London

March 2006: Art Ensemble by the Doon School Old Boy’s Society

April 2005: Group show for the United Nations Women’s Association (UNWA) at the India Habitat Centre for the benefit of underprivileged children.

November 2002: Promoting Art, a show combining aspiring and established artists curated by E-Paintings.


RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES:

September 2014 – January 2015: Graphic Design Adobe Certification Course (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop) at Shillington College, London

May 2013 – August 2013: Advanced Drawing & Painting Course at the Parsons School of Art & Design, New York

June 2012: Art Camp and exhibition, organized and hosted by the Indian High Commission, Bhutan

July 2011 – September 2011: Portrait Painting Course at the Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy

November 2010 – February 2011: Care of Paintings & Illustrative Manuscripts at the National Museum, New Delhi, India

4th July 2010 – 10th September 2010: Fine Art foundation at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London

January 2009 – February 2009: Creative Painting Course at Central Saint Martins, London

November 2007- July 2009: Fine Art (Painting) at Triveni Kala Sangam under Dr. Rameshwar Broota, New Delhi

January 2007: Undertook a voluntary project of curating an exhibition of community art and crafts of underprivileged children with the Youth Action (Student Community Action – University of Nottingham)

September 2004 – July 2007:  BA (Hons) at the University of Nottingham, England

1991 – 2004: Vasant Valley School, New Delhi