Tanya Goel's architectural paintings index and map an archive of material collected from deconstructed houses, which were built in a modernist style prevalent in Delhi from the 1950s to 70s. The artist makes her own pigments from a diverse range of materials including charcoal, aluminium, concrete, glass, soil, mica, graphite and foil, many sourced from those sites of architectural demolition. Goel’s paintings are deeply invested in the process of their creation, and are informed by her interest in the relationship between light, colour and material. She has, over the past three years, experimented with drawing and painting on the surface of segments of extracted stone and concrete, developing an ongoing body of ‘frescoes'.
Tanya Goel holds a BFA (Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda), PBS (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and MFA (Yale University School of Art, New Haven). Alongside numerous group shows, she has held solo exhibitions at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai and Nature Morte in New Delhi. From March to June 2018, her frescoes, wall drawings and paintings were shown at the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Goel's works are in the public collections of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, UBS, Mumbai, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA. She lives and works in New Delhi.