Valay Shende (India, 1980) is a video artist and sculptor. His work focuses on the troubles plaguing contemporary urban society and its members. He received his Diploma in Art Teaching in Nagpur, and perfected his training at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbari, from which he graduated with a BFA in sculpture in 2004. He later completed an artist residency at the Open Air Program, Point Ephemere, Paris in 2006.
Inspired by his surroundings, Shende uses his body of work to capture the challenges and dichotomies that characterize India today, particularly the striking divide between modern and industrial views on one hand, and traditional religious ones on the other. His recent sculptures, unique in both their process and scale, are intricately built out of minute metal discs, pocket watches, copper-plated fiberglass and other non-traditional materials. Valay feels an artist owes a responsibility to society and firmly believes an ideal world can be re-created.
Shende’s work has been exhibited widely in India and internationally. His solo exhibitions include: Valay Shende: Indian Encounters (Galerie Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, 2009) and Recent Works by Valay Shende (Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 2009).
Amongst his honours are the 2004 K.K. Hebbar Foundation Award; First Prize at the India Sabka Festival, Mumbai, in 2002 and the 2002 Best Sculpture Award from the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.