Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
TANYA GOEL, Carbon x,y II, 2017, coal, aluminium, concrete, mica and oil on canvas
TANYA GOEL, Carbon x,y II, 2017, coal, aluminium, concrete, mica and oil on canvas, 213 x 275 cm / 84 x 108 in


Tanya Goel's architectural paintings index and map an archive of material collected from deconstructed houses, which were built in a modernist style prevalent in Delhi from the 1950's to 70's. After having lived in cities such as Chicago and New York, Goel returned to live in New Delhi, the city where she grew up - a city with an organic accrual of architecture and a unique "logic". She witnessed fundamental shifts in the use of industrial materials (steel and glass replacing iron and brick). Goel seeks to hold on tangibly to a rapidly disappearing period of modernity, and create a material record of a vanishing period. For these works, she makes her own pigments from a diverse range of materials including charcoal, aluminium, concrete, glass, soil, mica, graphite and foil, many sourced from those sites of architectural demolition. Goel has over the past three years experimented with drawing and painting on the surface of segments of extracted stone and concrete, developing an ongoing body of 'frescoes'. Her 'builder's drawings' on the other hand are residual of a process. They record permutation and convergence of ultramarine blue pigment, set against a finely drawn grid on the wall. 

Goel's newest works reference both weaving and the screen, mathematics and memory. "Like I'm weaving" Goel says, "I establish an algorithm, using different pigments as language, and repeat the code over and over until the algorithm starts to fall apart, and the pattern is unreadable". 

Born 1985 in New Delhi
MFA (Painting/Printmaking), Yale University School of Art, New Haven
PBS (Painting/Drawing), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago
BFA (Painting/Drawing), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda

Lives and works in New Delhi 

Solo Exhibitions

2018   'This, the Sublime and its Double', Nature Morte, New Delhi
2015   'LEVEL', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2011   '2" Left from Here', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018   'within | without', curated by Saira Ansari and Indigo + Madder, Asia House, London
2018   The 12th Gwangju Biennale 'Imagined Borders', curated by Clara Kim, Gwangju, South Korea
2018   'Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada', curated by Catherine Crowston and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada, Canada
2018   'Wasteland', curated by Birgid Uccia, Tarq, Mumbai
2018   'Aspirational Architectures', curated by Justine Ludwig, Fridman Gallery, New York
2018   21st Biennale of Sydney, 'SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement', curated by Mami Kataoka, Sydney
2018   'India Art Fair', New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2016   'DWELLING', 10th Anniversary Show, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2016   'Abstract Chronicles', curated by Girish Shahane, Gallery OED, Kochi
2014   'Experiments with Truth and Time', Museum of Conflict, curated by Prayas Abhinav, Ahmedabad
2013   'Un Popola Senza Memoria E Un Popola Senza Futuro', Casa Masaccio ArteContemporanea, curated by Sumesh Sharma and Serena Trinchero, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
2013   India Art Fair, New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2012   'Salaam Bombay: Beauty and Chaos within the Urban Environment', Art Asia Miami, and Twelve Gates Arts, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Philadelphia
2012   ART HK12, Hong Kong International Art Fair, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Hong Kong
2012   'City as Studio 2', SARAI, New Delhi
2011   'Cabarnet Initiatives', Northside Open Studios, Brooklyn, New York
2011   Group Show, Gallery White Flag, curated by Arthur Brum, New York
2010   'City as Studio', SARAI, New Delhi
2009   'Ten Ton Lid', Greene Gallery, New Haven
2009   'Sam's Space', Yale School of Art, New Haven


2012   City as Studio Fellowship, SARAI, New Delhi
2010   Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award for Painting and Drawing, Yale School of Art, New Haven


2012   Space 118, Mumbai
2011   SARAI, New Delhi
2011   Vermont Studio Centre, USA



Tanya Goel – LEVEL

December 17, 2015 - February 18, 2016

2" left from here

August 10, 2011 - September 17, 2011


Fracturing the Urban Grid

by Tracey Clement, ArtGuide 

Caught in the Mesh

by Meera Menezes, Art India 

Tanya Goel

by Hamida Parkar, Platform Magazine 

Spring Awakening

by Lucy Rees, Galerie Magazine 


by Poonam Goel, India Perspective 

The alchemy of Art

by Avantika Bhuyan, Mint Lounge 

GQ, Art Talk by Kishore Singh

by Shikha Sethi, GQ India 


by Editors, Arts Illustrated 

Out of the blue
Indian artist Tanya Goel reveals the concept behind an intricate new painting ahead of India Art Fair