Skip to content



Born 1958, India

Post Graduate in Bio-Sciences, Birla Institute of Science & Technology, Pilani
Diploma in Business Management

S. Harsha Vardhana is a self taught artist who abandoned his highly successful career as a Bio-Scientist in 1993, to pursue his latent passion for painting and artistic practice. His father, the late master abstractionist Jagdish Swaminathan, established the artists 'Group 1890' in 1963 and came to inspire an entire future generation of artists. It seems it was only a matter of time before Vardhana would develop a gravitational pull toward the artistic environment to which he was born.

Vardhana works primarily on paper and canvas, creating textured geometrical forms pared down with rudimentary colours. His abstract symbols of inverted triangular structures are constructed with responsive fields of colour which lacerate into each other. A formal balance is articulated with an almost delicate, personally impulsive effect. Vardhana has once described the process as immersing himself in the sensory experience of painting, which begins with the 'ritual cleansing of the mind'.

Lives and works in New Delhi, India

Select Solo Exhibitions

2007 Lines Maketh the Web, Aicon Gallery, New York
1999 Sangati, Art Inc., New Delhi
1997 Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

Select Group Exhibitions

2006 Confluence, Aicon Gallery, New York
2005 First Biennale of Contemporary Art, Romania
2004 Indian artists for France, New Delhi
Young Contemporary Artists, New Delhi
2003 2D / 3D, Hong Kong, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong
2000 The Millennium Masks, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Dehli
1999 Art with a Heart, the Oberoi, New Dehli
1998 Veiled Spaces, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Multi-Media, organised by CIMA, Calcutta
Group show organized by Arushi Arts, New Delhi
1997 Post Modern Indian Art, California, USA
International Artists Camp on the occassion of Trienanale at Garhi, New Delhi

1996 Bharat Bhavan Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal
Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai
The Pastel, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi


1999 Artist workshops organised by Seher, Mauritius, Goa and Khajuraho
Artist Workshop at ITC Classic Golf Resort organised by Puri.
1998 Artist Camp at Snow View Resorts, Almora
Artist Camp at Ram Ganga resort, Corbett National Park