Veena Advani (b 1954)
Veena Advani creates intricately layered, abstract paintings that explore the themes of relationship, identity and the natural world. Her signature hand-embroidered canvases are the evolution of a remarkable 40-year career with New York's most esteemed fashion houses.
Veena's bespoke hand embroideries became the industry gold standard, prized by iconic international labels such as Geoffrey Beene, Badgley Mischka, Mary McFadden, Donna Karan, Anne Klein and Isaac Mizrahi. Her couture work has appeared on runway shows worldwide and on red carpets from Cannes to Venice to the fabled Academy Awards.
Having achieved every career milestone in New York, Veena felt the pull of home, family and painting, the art form that ignited her creative journey. She returned to Mumbai where she experimented with embroidery as a textural component to works that are at once elemental and transporting. Her beaded landscape works have been sold to private collectors throughout India and the United States.
"It gives me such pleasure to extend my decades-long collaboration with these gifted artisans, who have translated my vision to couture embroideries and now to intricately enhanced canvases. These works weave together my passion for classical art and artisan technique, breathing new life into raw metallic beading materials and embroidery work. Together we are telling timeless stories through needle and thread, bead and brush," Veena explains
Veena studied textile design at Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai before launching her wildly successful design business in New York. Her eye for color, material and composition found further outlet in interior design, with a portfolio of published projects to her credit. Veena's paintings are available for shipping worldwide.