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About Sanjay Sundram

Born in New Delhi, India

Lives and works in Ottawa, Canada

Sanjay Sundram studied architecture at university. He works with traditional media such as watercolours and oils, but frequently creates Augmented reality works and installations too.


"I have always lived in big cities and have watched them grow. As a student of
architecture, I was compelled to understand their structure and observe the changing landscape. But I kept drawing them instead.
I find my inspiration in urban spaces. Large simians appear on skyscrapers built on the ruins of their forest. Cars spout golden flowers instead of smoke. Wings want to fly.
I settled in Ottawa in 2013, coming from Delhi. It has been vigorous adventure
since then. As I try and understand a different set of structures, and encounter new spaces, it seems to reflect in my work. I find that ideas of flight and that of change, feature more often in the paintings. "

Sanjay has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the US, UK, Canada, Italy and India. His work navigates environmental themes, and has been collected by the City of Ottawa, the Indian High Commission in Canada, the United Nations Development Fund, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation, and the Fortis Foundation among others. His work in Art and Design has also been featured in publications such as Art in America, Platform and at the AVANCA Int’l Festival of film and multimedia. Awards include the SIIA Codie award USA, the British Education and Training technology (BETT) award, and WOLCE- UK awards.



B.Arch, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

M.Des, Indian Institute of Technology (Industrial Design Centre, IIT-Bombay)


2023  Upcoming solo show, The Artist as a Meat-eating Coal Factory, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2022  Art Cubes, Murals for the Town of Arnprior, Ontario

​2022  Kaleidoscope, Kanata Art gallery, Ottawa

2022  Art Lending of Ottawa, RAC, Ottawa

2021  Parkdale ArtWall, Outdoor mural, Wellington West, Ottawa

2021  'Tis the Season, Kanata Art gallery, Ottawa

2021  New Life, Kanata Art gallery, Ottawa

2021  Glebe Art Cube, Mural at TD Lansdowne Place, Ottawa

2020  Art&Co- Art auction by InsurAid, London, UK

2020  Scenic Route, Virtual show- Kanata Art gallery, Ottawa

2020  Secret Places, Kanata Civic Art gallery, Ottawa

2019  Unveiling of commissioned work by the Indian High Commission to Canada, Kailash Mittal Theatre, Carleton University, Ottawa

2019  No Borders, Nectar Gallery, Ottawa

2018  Silent Cities, Solo show at the Trinity Gallery Ottawa

2018  Nature Embedded, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

2018  Aroha, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

2017  The Fertile Crescent, Solo show at the Trinity Gallery, Ottawa

2017 Longevity- 2017 additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa

2017 South Asian Festival, Jean Pigott Place- City Hall, Ottawa

2016 Flight, Solo show at the Atrium gallery, Ottawa

2016 South Asian Festival, Jean Pigott Place- City Hall, Ottawa

2015 Aruba’s Story, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust UK/ Kenya

2014 Art in the Park, Ottawa

2013 Sarai Reader 09, Devi Art foundation, Gurgaon

2013 Artist-in-Residence at Devi Art foundation, Gurgaon

2012 Contemporary Artists Collective, Conceptual, Brescia, ITALY

2012 United Art Fair, New Delhi

2012 Conservation on Canvas, at Taj Palace and Religare Arts, WWF/ Religare Arts, New Delhi

2012 India Art Fair 2012, Religare Arts, New Delhi

2011 Artist-in-residence at Religare Arts, New Delhi

2011 Nanhi Chhaan, Gandhi Smriti, Religare Arts, New Delhi

2010 Games Artist Play, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2010 Mind the Gap, Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi

2010 Invisible Cities, AICON gallery, New York, USA

2009 India Art Summit, Religare Arts.i

2009 The Why Not Place, Religare Arts.i, New Delhi

2009 Connaught Place – The Why Not Place, Artist-in-residence, Religare Arts.i, New Delhi

2009 Everything Under the Sun… almost, Two person show, Religare Arts.i, New Delhi

2002 Borderless Terrains, Apparao Galleries, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2001 Converging Diversions: expressions beyond architecture, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre

2001 Exhibition of watercolours, Jharokha Art Gallery, New Delhi

2000 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, AIFAACS Gallery, New Delhi

2000 Exhibition of animal drawings and watercolours, Gallery Art Plus, New Delhi

2000 Questioning Man’s creation myths, Industrial Design Centre, Mumbai

Commissioned Works:

  • Moral Progress | Painting commission by the Indian High Commission to Canada

  • Elephant watercolours | Commissioned by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, UK/ Kenya

  • Series of 12 paintings in oils and watercolours | Commissioned by United Nations Development Programme

  • 'Aruba's story' watercolours | Commissioned by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, UK/ Kenya

  • 'If You're Happy in a Dream, Does it Count'- Fiber glass sculptures, 30 ft. Glass Etching | Commissioned by: Magic Software

  • Exhibition Murals | Commissioned by: Agrotech Fair, Chandigarh

  • Watercolours for WWF’s Virtual wildlife- education and outreach program for children | Commissioned by World Wildlife Fund International

Awards and Grants:

  • Creation and Production Award for professional artists, City of Ottawa.

  • Acquisition of work by the Indian High Commission, Ottawa.

  • Acquisition of work for the City of Ottawa’s Art collection.    

  • Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Grant 2018-19

  • Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition  Grant 2017-18   

  • SIIA’s Codie Award, Best Instructional solution for Special Need Students, USA

  • British Education and Training Technology, BETT Awards, UK

  • The World of Learning conference and exhibition (WOLCE) awards, UK

  • Chip-Arena Multimedia Award, Best educational product

  • PC World – Editor’s Choice Award

  • Selection for AVANCA, International Festival of Film and Multimedia, Portugal