Shashikala Tiwari

Shashikala Tiwari’s works deal about Hindu and Buddhist mythologies, women’s issues and the images of nature. Tiwari seems to have suffered from terrorism, tragic events and social disharmony in contemporary Nepali society, and her works depict her quest for peaceful and harmonious society. She exploits religious allegories and the images of nature to achieve this goal.

Shashikala Tiwari’s works deal about Hindu and Buddhist mythologies, women’s issues and the images of nature. Tiwari seems to have suffered from terrorism, tragic events and social disharmony in contemporary Nepali society, and her works depict her quest for peaceful and harmonious society. She exploits religious allegories and the images of nature to achieve this goal.

Her works carry spiritual undercurrents within them drawing her inspiration from the Hindu-Buddhist myths and allegories. Some of her paintings explore the life of the Buddha. Shashikala is also constantly seeking her inspiration from nature: the mountains and streams, trees, leaves and flowers, birds. Some of her paintings depict the images of cow and the map of Nepal. She expresses her nationalistic feeling and political comments through such images.

Some of her paintings depict the troubled, tortured and exploited female figures in the patriarchal society through the use of mythical characters, and suggest their possible rebellion against the oppressors. The combination of cool colours creates movement, rhythm and music. She develops a “distinct lyrical style” in her works with the “synthesis of literature and art”. Not only the lines and images but also the colours in her compositions are symbolic, and convey certain message. “The predominance of blue and green in her paintings is an important feature of her style. In most of her well-known canvases blue is used to mark a positive experience. Negative concepts associated with blue such as the blue mood, the dejected mind, and the world of misery, however, sometimes stand at odds with her use of colour. She nevertheless, manages to use blue as an effective symbols of nature and even of optimistic moods.

Denying to remain in commodified and non-existing situation, some women figures open the veil partially and attempt to gaze the dark and dominant patriarchal world in front of them. The dark abstract shapes and colours in front of them symbolically represent the violent, cruel and inhuman patriarchal society. From within the partially opened veil, they show their face suggesting that they also exist and want their place in the society. Their gaze suggests that they are not only the commodity to be exploited by males but also the agents who have the right to see the world and to decide things for themselves. Their not yet fully recognizable semi-abstract faces suggest that they have not been able to carve her place in the society yet, though they have begun their journey for the quest of their identity.

In some works, the distorted female figures throw away their veil, disclose their face fully and look upward. Their assertive figures suggest their potential power within them. They have not been able to carve their space in the society yet. However, they are hopeful and determined to face the challenge and free themselves from the shackles of patriarchy. They are on the process to inscribe the identity of their being.

The dripping of blood from women’s body represents the violence imposed upon her. The falling down of woman figures suggests Nepali women’s degenerated living condition and oppressed social status. The images of broken tree are coherent to the images of wounded female figure. Representing the gruesome situation of Nepali women, the artist questions the authority of patriarchal society.

Born 1950, Kathmandu

Father’s Name: Tej Raj Tiwari

Mother’s Name: Premi Devi Tiwari



Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), M.S. University.

Boroda, India 1973

Bachelor of Arts (Tribhuwan University), Nepal 1973

Diploma in French Language (T.U.) Nepal 1975



Member Nepal Association of Fine Arts

Member Young Artist Group (YAG), Nepal

National Art Commissioner Asian Art Exhibition, Dhaka, 1981

Member, NAFA Advisory Committee 1981-1994

Artist International Conference, Japan 1992



National Art Exhibition, Nepal 1970-1989, 1996,1997-1998, 1999, 2000, 2002–2003

Indian Triennale, Delhi 1977, 1987

Asian Art Exhibition, Fukuoka, Japan 1980, 1985, 1990

Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka 1981,1983,1987,1993,2003

Contemporary-Nepalese Painting, London 1985

Contemporary-Nepalese Painting, Seoul 1986

Malerei Aus Nepal, W. Germany 1988-1993

Siddhartha Art Gallery, 1987, 1988, 1989-1999-2003

Contemporary Women Artist (USIS), Kathmandu 1990

Girl Child in Nepal, 1990

Artist Camp-Goethe Institute, (Kathmandu, 1991)

Bajaj Art Gallery, Bombay 1991

Earth Day Goethe Institute (Kathmandu 1992)

Mandala Artist Camp (Dhulikhel) Goethe Institute 1992

Art Transcends Boundaries, Delhi 1992)

Contemporary Art Exhibition, SAARC Cultural

Festival, India 1992

Nepal Introduction, Calcutta 1993

Art Transcends Boundaries, Bombay 1993

Art Transcends Boundaries, Goa 1993

Art Transcends Boundaries, Calcutta 1994

Winter Flowers, Kathmandu 1995

Four Artists Exhibition, Korea 1995

Lalit Festival Kathmandu 1995

Contemporary Painting Organised By Alliance Francaise 1995

Contemporary Nepalese Art, Germany 1995

Contemporary Nepali Women Artist Show-Sushma Koirala Memorial Fund-1995 Kathmandu

International Art Exhibition, Kathmandu, Nepal 1997

Exhibition of Painting, Kathmandu Art Gallery, 1997

Exposigao International de Arte, Banco do Brasil. 1998

All Nepal-Art Exhibition, Kathmandu 1999

Contemporary Art Show-China 2000

The Heart Show, Kathmandu 1999-2001

Organised by @sian Artist and Agoramax in Rambouillet (France), in the King of Roma Place in Rambouillet 1999-2000

Workshop organized by NAFA at Dhulikhel, 2001

Mithila Yatra Workshop-2002, Janakpur

Reinterpreting Numafung, Gallery Nine, Kathmandu, 2004

Gallery Nine inaugural exhibition, Kathmandu, 2003

Gift of Sight-Art workshop/Exhibition organized by Eye Donation Information Centre-Tilganga, Kathmandu, 2004

Himalayan Express, Painting Exhibition Habitat Centre-Delhi, 2003

Art Walk, Delhi, 2003

Art Walk, Mumbai, 2004

Contemporary Art Exhibition Celebrating King Gyanendra’s Birthday, NAFA, 2004

Contemporary Art Exhibition Nepal Kalakar Samaj, Celebrating King Gyanendra’s Birthday, NAFA, 2005

Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Film Festival (Kathmandu) 2005

Woman Art Exhibition March 8th International Women’s Day 2009

September Collection Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu 1987 to 2008

Woman Art Exhibition NAFA Kathmandu 2010



NAFA Art Gallery, Kathmandu 1973 Inaugurated by HM Queen Mother Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah

“Echo of Love”- October Art Gallery, Kathmandu 1982

“Harvest Leaves”- October Art Gallery, Kathmandu 1984

“Foot Marks of Peace”- NAFA Art Gallery, Kathmandu

Inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah 1984

“Intimacy”-October Art Gallery, Kathmandu 1987

“My Earth And Sky”- Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu 1992

“When Seasons Change”- Nepal Art Council Gallery, Kathmandu 1996 Inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah

Two Artists Painting Exhibition, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India, 1997

My Earth: Our Earth Germany 1989

Sunnya Manka Stabdha Aankhaharoo – A Tribute to their late Majesties, NAFA Art Gallery, Kathmandu-2002



Best Artist of the year NAFA Nepal-1981, 1984

Best Prize-Rastriya Sirjanatmak Pariwar, Nepal-1984

3rd Prize-Poem Competition (National Level) Royal Nepal Academy, Kathmandu 1978

2nd Prize-Poem Competition (National Level) Royal Nepal Academy, Kathmandu 1992

Best Artist (Country Wise) International Art Exhibition, Kathmandu 1997

Green Honour 2060- Save the Environment Foundation, Nepal

Prabal Gorkha Dashinbahu 4th 2060

Shree Paanch Birendra Gaddiarohan Rajat Mahotsab Padak

Shree Paanch Birendra Aishwarya Padak


Dirgha Sewa Padak (HMG)

Rashtriya Vyaktitwa Samman 2060

Shree Panch Indra Rajya Laxmi Pragnya Puraskar, Royal Nepal Academy 2059

Bishalnagar Library Samman, 2062

Rastriya Prativa Puraskhar 2063

Puran Kumari Kala Tatha Sanskriti Puraskar 2067



Fukuwoka Asian Art Museum Japan

Private Collections in Nepal & all over the world

Narayanhiti Royal Palace, Kathmandu

October Art Gallery, London

Birendra Art Gallery, Kathmandu

Samjhana Art Gallery, Kualalampur

October Art Gallery, Kathmandu

V.I.P. Room New Terminal Building (Tribhuwan International Airport), Kathmandu

Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

Birendra International Convention Center, Kathmandu

Russian Cultural Centre, Kathmandu

Nepal Rastra Bank, Kathmandu

Himalayan Bank, Kathmandu

Bank of Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal Telecommunication Building, Pokhara, Nepal

Art Works

Meera Series 1
Meera Series 2
Meera Series 3
Meera Series 4
Meera Series 5
Meera Series 6
Meera Series 7
Meera Series 8
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