Kamal Pandya straddles folk tradition and modernity to create intricate tapestries of urban sprawls; houses knitted together closes in a dense cluster. In some instances the cluster indicates the silhouette of yet another form, as we see in his mixed media work, where a butterfly signifies freedom and creativity. The works evoke a regular Indian city, rife with its aspirations and the slight claustrophobia born from the constant jostling for space, land and a dream to live on.
There is a space between what is imagined and what is real and according to Kamal, his works resided in that twilight space. A space where past the present overlap where history gives way to modernity; in fact it may be viewed as an attempt to capture that moment before the past becomes the past.
Kamal understands that the edifice is the perfect metaphor to capture this moment, where a peeling old wall told stories of the past and a bright new window looked into the future. To him a building is a transitional site where traces of memory linger and newer narratives of modern architecture begin.
Kamal Pandya graduated with an MFA in Painting in 2009 at MS University, Vadodara. He received the Nasreen Mohammedi Scholarship for 2004-2005 as well as the Nasreen Mohammedi Annual Display Award in 2007. He was invited to participate in the annual group show of The Baroda March in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 with Rukshaan Art in Mumbai. Pandya also participated in group shows at the AIFACS Gallery, Delhi with the 46th, 47th, and 48th State Art Exhibition in Ahmedabad, in 2006, 2007, 2008 respectively. He has also exhibited works at the Birla Academy in Kolkata as well as the Museum Gallery in Mumbai, 2008. Pandya displayed with ‘The Big Show’ curated by Abhishek Poddar at the IFA in 2011. He has participated in several group shows in India and Canada.