Growing up between the UK and India, art has always been an integral part of Michelle Y. Poonawalla’s life. With a graduate degree in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the American College, London, Poonawalla’s practice 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 Poonawalla’s artistic style 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 . For her most recent large-scale, multi-media work titled Introspection , Poonawalla incorporated sound with digital mapping and motion sensor technology to create an immersive, experiential installation. Alongside her art practice Poonawalla also illustrated and published a well-received children’s book The Adventures of Harvey Mouse Sleepover with her daughter in 2017.
The artist’s key exhibitions include Khushi - India On Canvas in conjunction with Sotheby's, New Delhi, 2017; India Art Story , Kolkata, 2017; Elephant Parade India, Jaipur, Delhi & Mumbai, 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; a project at the Parma Art Fair, Italy with Gallery Marco Antonio Patrizio, 2018; Born Free at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2018 and Introspection , a collateral project at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018.