Photo by Ashish Chandra. Courtesy TARQ


Sameer Kulavoor (b.1983) is a visual artist living and working in Mumbai, India. His work lies at the intersection of art, graphic design & contemporary illustration and has taken the form of paintings, murals, books, zines, prints and objects. He is interested in why things look the way they do; constantly exploring and understanding the impact that time, culture, politics and socio-economic conditions have on our visible and invisible surroundings. In this age of visual overload, his work involves filtering, dissecting, documenting and defamiliarising commonly seen subjects through the act of drawing, painting and design.  

Some of the zines he has produced include Sidewalks & Coffeeshops (2009), Zeroxwallah Zine (2011), The Ghoda Cycle Project (poster-book, 2012), Blued (book/zine, 2013) and Oh Flip (flipbooks, 2013). He exhibited The Ghoda Cycle Project at WDC Helsinki in 2012 and in Mumbai in 2013 while also collaborating with Paul Smith on a series of Ghoda Cycle Tee-shirt designs which were released worldwide. He presented select sketchbook drawings from between 2012 and 2016 as large serigraphs at Artisans’, Kalaghoda, in a show titled ‘Please Have A Seat’ (2016). He has been working on a number of large scale public art projects and paintings which are on view in Auckland (New Zealand), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai. ‘A Man of the Crowd’ (2018) was Kulavoor’s first solo presentation at TARQ. Two of his new works were showcased at the TARQ booth group show at India Art Fair in 2019. Most recently, his drawings and paintings were part of ‘The Shifting City’ – Mumbai pavilion of ‘Making Heimat – Arrival City’ at the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan curated by Kaiwan Mehta. 

Kulavoor was the founder of Bombay Duck Designs which is presently directed by graphic artist + urdu/arabic typography specialist, Zeenat Kulavoor. Along with artist/designer Lokesh Karekar (Locopopo), Kulavoor also founded and curated six issues of 100%ZINE (currently on hiatus) – a visual arts magazine that discovers and showcases a wide range of visual art talent from India and abroad.

He is represented in India by TARQ Mumbai.





In conversation with Art Radar Journal (2018)

BOOOOOOOM Editors Pick (2018)

Design Fabric features ‘A man of the crowd’ (2018)

‘A man of the crowd’ featured in The Hindu  feature 1 & feature 2 (2018)

‘A man of the crowd’ featured in Colour Quotient (2018)

Architectural Digest features ‘A man of the crowd’ (2018)

Hindustan Times  features ‘A man of the crowd’ (2018)

Design Fabric (Interview about the Godrej mural 2017)

Verve Magazine  (Interview in Design special issue 2017)

GQ India – 50 most influential men. (2016)

Elle Decor 15 young Indian artists to follow right now (2016) features ‘Please have a seat’ (2016)

Mid-Day  features ‘Please have a seat’ (2016)

The Hindu features ‘Please have a seat’ (2016)

Hindustan Times  (Interview – 2016)

Kyoorius Design Magazine – Feature 1 (2013) – Feature 2 (2016)

GQ India – 50 most influential men. (2015)

NIKE BleedBlue campaign hoardings (2015)

PaperPlanes (Interview – 2015)

Kulture Shop blog (Interview – 2015)

Masala Chai – South Asian art & design blog (Studio feature – 2015)

Wallpaper city guides – Mumbai (Work mentions – 2015)

Kyoorius Black Elephant (2014)

Bacardi Untameables video feature (2014)

Radio New Zealand (Interview/feature – 2014)

Forbes India – 30 under 30 (2013)

Its Nice ThatFeature 1  (2012) – Feature 2 (2013)

NH7 (Interview/feature 2013)

Grazia Indias cool list (2013)

Mid-Day (Feature/interview Paul Smith collab – 2012)

With Teal Triggs on Zine Weekly (Interview 2010)




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