Born 1973, Ootacamund, India.
Avantika Bawa is an artist, curator, and academic. She has an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of
Baroda, India (1995). She was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008), Vermont Studio Center, VT (2009), Milepost 5, Portland, OR (2010) and Jentel Artist Residency Program, WY (2010).
Note worthy exhibits include; solos at Suyama Space, Seattle, WA; The Columbus Museum, Columbus GA; Saltworks Gallery and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Lalit Kala Academy and Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India; Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India; Disjecta and Portland State University, Portland, OR. She was part of the South by East Biennial in Boca Raton, FL; and juried group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, GA, The Drawing Center and Smack Mellon, NY and SAVAC, Canada. Her works has been reviewed in international publications such as the New York Times, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art India, Art Asia Pacific, The Oregonian, and The Times of India amongst others.
Bawas curatorial work began with a hotel room show during the Art in Chicago fair (1998) and has
grown through her studio and gallery, aquaspace - a laboratory for new and multi media art. In April
2004 she was part of a team that launched Drain - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture
She is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.