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Pankaj Nigam was born in Hamirpur, a small district in the state of UP. His father, an art teacher, was the person who introduced him to the world of art. Pankaj Nigam’s art is a fusion of art and poetry, emotion and expression, and freedom and conformity. One look at his art and you feel like you are being taken through a journey of your own soul. His art is full of expression—thoughts, emotions, and feelings—that cannot be expressed comfortably in a world full of conventional beliefs. His art is about his observations about people—their innermost fears and desires. Most of his paintings reveal introspection of some kind. Behind those strokes, lines, and colors are real people who are going through some sort of transformation—epitomizing a chimera—people who are bound but want to be free, people who are scared but bravely facing the odds, or people who are weak but endeavor to be strong. 
 
Pankaj Nigam lives and breathes his art. He kick-started his career by showcasing a unique experiment that combined his art with the work of fiery poet, Harivansh Rai Bachan’s Madhushala. In 1993, B.B.C broadcasted its review of Pankaj Nigam’s fusion art Madhushala. Since 1993, his art has made its way to at least 36 exhibitions at various art galleries in India and abroad. Today, his paintings adorn the walls of the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, Ajay Bhawan, Lalit Kala Academy, and J.C. Art Center, Malaysia. But this journey is not over. These days, Pankaj Nigam’s paintings are more about one’s innerquest, about the search of one’s own Buddha; one’s journey from within. A stateof inner bliss where nothing exists but the quest… the quest to see the beauty of existence…the quest to touch the rhythm of the inner soul…the quest to feel the eternal light within the ocean of conscience.

PANKAJ NIGAM

Born: 1969
Education:
BFA, College of Arts & Crafts, Lucknow, India
MFA, College of Art, Delhi, India
SMP, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, India

Based in:
Faridabad, Haryana, INDIA.

One-Man and Group Shows:

1992:
·An exhibition of paintings based on Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s “Madhushala”
·A review of Pankaj’s work featured on B.B.C.

1993:
·A group exhibition against communalism organized by Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust in Lucknow
·“Swapna Marta Nahin”, an exhibition of paintings and poetry organized by Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), Lucknow
·An exhibition of paintings organized by Allahabad Museum, Allahabad
·An exhibition of paintings based on contemporary Hindi Poetry at College of Arts & Crafts, Lucknow
·An exhibition of paintings organized by IPTA in B.H.U., Varanasi
·An exhibition of paintings organized by “Kalam Natya Manch” in Lucknow
·Created painting based on the theme of music being played in a live show organized by the U.P. Sangeet Natak Academy

1994:
·A group-show organized by Gallery Green Wood, Delhi
·6th All India Art Exhibition organized by Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow
·An exhibition of paintings at the All India Fine Arts& Crafts Society (AIFACS), Delhi

1995:
·An exhibition of paintings in Patna, Bihar during All India Theatre Festival organized by IPTA
·Annual Art exhibition at Delhi College of Fine Arts

1996:
·An exhibition of paintings in Saharanpur, U.P. during state theatre festival organized by IPTA
·Annual Art exhibition at Delhi College of Fine Arts

1997:
·An exhibition of paintings organized by gallery Jharokha, New Delhi

1998:
·“Summer Show”, a group exhibition organized by Gallery Jharokha, New Delhi

1999:
·“Udaan”, a group exhibition organized by NIIT Ltd, New Delhi.

2003
·An exhibition of paintings at Academy of Fine Arts& Literature, New Delhi

2004
·An exhibition of paintings at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

2005
·An exhibition of paintings at NIIT Ltd, New Delhi
·An exhibition of paintings organised by Art Ache Foundation at Russian centre of Science & Culture, New Delhi
·A group show at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata (W.B.)
·“Lines and Colours of Rajdhani” A group show organised by Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata (W.B.)
·IPTA- 12TH National Conference and Cultural Festival- A group show at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow

2006
·A group exhibition at Lokayat Art Gallery, New Delhi
· A group exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (W.B.)

2007
·A group exhibition at Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
·“Annual Show” a group exhibition organized by Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata (W.B.)

2008
·“Quadra Knights”-A group exhibition at Nehru Centre, Mumbai 

2009
·“The Family”-A group exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow

2010
·“AHUM”-A group exhibition at Nehru Centre, Mumbai

2011
·“AHUM”-A group exhibition at Epicentre Art Gallery, Gurgaon, Delhi NCR
·A group exhibition at PBC Art Gallery, Delhi 
·A group exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2012
·A group exhibition at Art n’ Decor Art Gallery, C.R. Park, Delhi
·An exhibition of paintings at 16th State Theatre Festival at Orai, U.P.

2014
·A group exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
·A group exhibition at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
·A group exhibition at Shridharni Art Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
·Alla Prima, an International Art Fair, New Delhi, India
·Art Walk, a solo show at Hotel Crowne Plaza Today, Gurgaon

2015
·A group exhibition at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
·A group exhibition at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2016
.An exhibition of Paintings at Hotel Arya Niwas,  Jaipur
.An exhibition of Paintings at  Hotel Pullman, New Delhi
.Tulika- A symposium on Art; An exhibition of paintings at Oxford Bookstore, New Delhi
.Colorama- An exhibition of paintings at hotel Vivanta- by Taj, Dwarka, New Delhi

2017
.An exhibition of Paintings at  Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
.‘AZURE’- An exhibition of paintings at Ceramic Center Gallery, 5th Floor, The Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W, 35th Street, Chicago IL

2018
·An exhibition of Paintings at First International Art Fair organized by Lalit Kala Academy at Indira Gandhi Center for the Arts, New Delhi

Collection: Paintings adorn the walls of The President House, New Delhi, Ajay Bhawan-Head office of the Communist Party of India, New Delhi, U.P. State Lalit Kala Academy, U.P. state Sangeet Natak Academy, JC Art Centre, Malaysia, NIIT Ltd. Delhi. Czech
Embassy-Delhi and also in private collections in Malaysia, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Russia and USA.

Awards:
·“National Youth Award” presented by the then governor of U.P., His Highness Shri Moti Lal Vora in 1995