Growing up between the UK and India, art has always been an integral part of life for Michelle Poonawalla. With a graduate degree in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the American College, London, the art practice of Michelle Poonawalla has developed over time. Michelle Poonawalla art formalised when she had her first show in 2016 at the Gateway School, Mumbai and has since, continued to exhibit her work in solo and group shows in India and internationally.
Whilst the art practice of Michelle Poonawalla has varied, experimenting with techniques and technology has remained a constant in her approach. She marries a classic paint-on-canvas style with experiments in mixed-media and digital mapping technology, to create dynamic, three dimensional works that have a distinct, contemporary sensibility. Michelle Poonawalla incorporated sound with digital mapping and motion sensor technology to create an immersive, experiential installation for her most recent large-scale, multi-media work titled Introspection. Alongside the painting and art practice of Michelle Poonawalla, she also illustrated and published a well-received children’s book The Adventures of Harvey Mouse Sleepover with her daughter in 2017.
Internationally acclaimed art exhibitions of Michelle Poonawalla include Khushi - India On Canvas in conjunction with Sotheby's, New Delhi, 2017; India Art Story, Kolkata, 2017; Elephant Parade India, Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai and London 2017 and 2018; What If You Fly, a solo exhibition at Vis A Vis Gallery, New Delhi and Spazio Gallery, Pune, 2018; Moving into the Future - Harvest 2018, a group exhibition at Stainless Gallery, New Delhi, 2018; Born Free at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2018 and Introspection, a collateral project at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018. Introspection was selected to be exhibited as a guest project at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai during the Dubai Art Week in March 2019 and the START Art Fair, London in September 2019.