Dhwani Parekh

Dhwani Parekh


Dhwani Parekh (b. 1990) is a free-thinking, hard-working oil painter with a special passion for realism and a hint of contemporary style. Nature is her greatest muse. Her previous works have included natural phenomenon ranging from waterfalls and lily-ponds to lotuses and various landscapes. This paved her way to still lifes, portraits, and most recently figurative paintings. She also accepts portrait commissions. Specializing in oils, acrylics, and pencil; Dhwani primarily paints in a representational and realistic style. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Dhwani showed an inclination toward art at an early age. Doodling and learning to write the alphabet went hand in hand. Dhwani's parents supported and fueled this artistic passion which eventually led her to earn a degree in fine art painting, and pursue a career in art.

Growing up in an urban setting, national parks were her favorite holiday pastime spots where she sketched and painted her early works.  Dhwani is always learning from other artists, and among her most influential teachers are John Singer Sargent, Jeremy Lipking, Richard Schmidt, and Rembrandt. She began painting at the age of 14 and started pursuing it professionally by the time she was 17. She spent 5 years studying classical painting at the L.S. Raheja School of Art in Mumbai between 2006 and 2010. At the age of 18, she began participating in solo gallery exhibitions in several galleries in India, and has won many awards and accolades. She has commissioned works all over India and abroad.

Dhwani is a well-known artist in Mumbai and is now exploring the US art world. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015. Her latest accomplishment was being chosen and promoted in the 2017 Edition of the 21-Under-31 featured artists in  Southwest Art magazine. She was also featured in the Informed Collector's Special "Noteworthy Artists" 2017 article. She is very active in the local art community, and was awarded the first prize at the 2015 Sunnyvale Art Club monthly competition. In the Spring of 2017, she exhibited at the Bella Muse Art Gallery in Utah for their Spring Floral Show. Dhwani finds her art faculties to be ever-evolving with time, and remains a steadfast student of fine art painting. Dhwani is a member of the Oil Painters of America, FASO Boldbrush, Bombay Art Society, and the Art Society of India.

“I feel paintings are a visual language, that give an opportunity to converse with the audience. They are an interpretative means of conveying and provoking feelings, coaxing viewers to think. As an artist, I constantly look for new subjects in all that I perceive. My observations, from trivial household items to elaborate schemes in Nature, spark new ideas in me. The subject matter of each painting determines the brushwork and color handling. My process of painting begins by roughly sketching my observations and ideas. I paint a lot of color sketches after trying out different compositions and arrangements. Once I have a clear image of how the finished painting would look, only then I embark on my final work. I feel like I have to be in the zone in order to produce what I imagine. For me, the act of painting is getting to know myself. I love the way my paintings transition from an idea to a piece of art, making me more spiritually matured in the process. This makes me very connected to my paintings.”  

~ Dhwani Parekh


EDUCATION:  Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drg. & Ptg.) L.S.Raheja School of Art, Mumbai 2006-2010



• Featured in Informed Collector Newsletter on Boldbrush Curators’ Picks-17 Noteworthy Artists (Issue#3) 2017

• First Prize, Sunnyvale Art Club, Sunnyvale, CA 2015

• Artist Ajay Deshpande, Artist Dinkar Jadhav, Artist Mahadev Mankar Award, V.V.Oak Art Exhibition, Pune 2014

• ‘Kala Yatri’ Best Painting, Annual Art Exhibition L.S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai 2011

• ‘Commended’ Award for Still life, Annual Art Exhibition L.S Raheja School of Art, Mumbai 2010

• ‘Best Still Life of the Year’, Annual Art Exhibition L.S.Raheja School of Art, Mumbai 2007

• ‘Best Object Painting’ Award Maharashtra Seva Sangh, Airoli, Navi Mumbai 2007



• Floral show in Bella Muse Gallery, Ogden, Utah 2017

• 27th V. V. Oak Art Exhibition, Pune 2014

• ‘Friends of Pradashak’, Pradarshak Art Gallery, Mumbai 2013

• Lokayata Art Gallery, Delhi 2012

• Monsoon Show-Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai 2011

• ‘Chatak’-Monsoon Show, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai 2011

• 11th Annual Members Art Exhibition, Artists’ Centre, Mumbai 2010

• Monsoon Show-Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010

• Monsoon Show-(Vidyarthi Vishesh)-Pradarshak Art Gallery, Mumbai 2010

• ‘Celebrations’ Thane Kala Bhavan Art Gallery, Mumbai 2009

• ‘Chatak’- Monsoon Show, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai 2009

• ‘Kite’-Kapol International Trade Entrepreneurs, Mumbai 2008

• State Art Exhibition 2008, 2006



• Featured in the 'Emerging Artists' editorial: American Art Collector magazine, April 2018

• 21-Under-31 Artists to Collect in Southwesrt Art Magazine, September 2017

• Appreciated in the renowned Gujarati Magazine 'Chitralekha,' January edition: 'Kite' Exhibition 2009




• Interviewed on E-TV Marathi channel, Mumbai (Regarding : Chatak-Monsoon Show) 2009


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