India Art Festival(IAF), a contemporary art fair founded in 2011 is a biggest Indian Art Fair Network, hosting art fairs at New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. IAF is India’s flagship Art Fair brand, a new model for dialogue and collaborations between art galleries, art dealers, art buyers, artists, interior designer, architects and art connoisseurs who come together every year under roof. India Art Festival an art fair, provides the opportunity to emerging, independent artists along with mid-level and major art galleries. The India Art Festival, a unique contemporary art fair in India brings together artists and art galleries, making it a biggest talent hunt in Indian art where emerging artists with potential get discovered and enjoy the attention along with the established artists and they get inducted in to gallery system.
IAF also features curated ‘Conversations – Art Talks’, a two-days educative seminar – a series of panel discussions offering expert perspectives on the subjects ranging from the contemporary art, art market, art collection, exhibitions, to art galleries and infrastructure. The speakers invited at IAF Conversations include artists, gallerists, museum directors, critics, historians, institution-builders, cultural organizers, editors, and publishers.
India Art Festival, the only contemporary art fair in India hosting three annual editions at Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru positions itself today as a successfully tested module of art fair with a focus on both – art galleries and independent artists.
India Art Festival group ‘in-house’ art publication ‘Indian Contemporary Art Journal’ published since 2007 started inducting unrepresented and marginalized radical visual voices from every nook and corner of the country in the mainstream Indian art marketplace. IAF Artists’ Pavilion is a sort of talent hunt contest to discover hidden gems in visual arts from rural and urban parts of India. This also facilitates to offer numerous art choices to Indian art buyers. Acknowledged for its simple and unbiased presentation of visual art, IAF has been changing the way audience view, buy and sell art.
Every year IAF hosts over 700+ artists and 50 art galleries from across India and Asian sub-continent, showcasing stimulating original artworks, prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, lithographs, installations and more – all under one roof at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi, Nehru Centre, Mumbai and now CKP Art Complex, Bengaluru.
Since its first edition in 2011, IAF successfully initiated the process of democratizing Indian art market at two levels – first by mingling rural artists with the metro-bred highly articulate urban artists and second by creating simple but refreshing ambience for very ‘art viewing, buying and selling’ process outside the confines of unapproachable art spaces.
At IAF we are passionate about helping promote art galleries, art dealers, online art galleries and independent artists. Apart from four days India art festival editions at Mumbai, New Delhi, & Bengaluru, India Art Festival with all participating art galleries and artists’ exhibitors in 500 booths along with their artworks is available online at www.eindiaartfestival.com for year around viewing, buying and selling; www.eindiaartfestival.com (eIAF) is online art fair which creates a powerful synergy of IAF and eIAF and its media campaign throughout the year, thereby expanding the art patronage to new heights.
During covid pandemic, our commitment as a cultural organiser compelled us to find the alternative way to ‘showcase’ art and reach to arts audiences in the safe environment of their homes and offices. The virtual edition of India Art Festival at www.indiaartfest.in creates incredible experience of viewing art in 3D booth with immersive experience, features to chat with participating art galleries and artists, and online buying.
Founder and Managing Director, India Art Festival Editor, Indian Contemporary Art Journal | President, The Bombay Art Society
Minakshi, herself an artist, poet-writer and documentary
Dr Saryu Doshi
Dr Saryu Doshi, art historian, research scholar, editor and curator started her career as a visiting professor at University of Michigan, USA (Jan to April 1976).
Convenor, IAF Conversations
Late Prafulla Dahanukar
Chairperson, India Art Festival
(2011 – 2014 till she passed away in March 2014)
Prafulla Dahanukar (1934-2014) was born in 1934; she studied fine art at Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai