I’m the third child and only girl of my parents, born in Mumbai, India. I completed my Bachelor in Arts & Sciences from Boston University, Massachusetts, majoring in International Relations and Economics with a minor in Art History.
Inspired to work with the United Nations, I received the opportunity to do an internship at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston. During my time in college, I began to explore my own artistic talents in my free time, to personally inspiring success. On returning to Mumbai after my studies I decided to switch my attention to the art, business, and my own artistic creations, which led me to complete my Masters in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Promptly on my return I commenced working as a Market Analyst for The ArtsTrust, Mumbai.
In my free time I love to create, to organise my thoughts and be able to portray them through my works in the most unique and individualistic form possible. Continuously working on my own personal artistic signature, I hope to achieve that soon.
The selling of my first painting has been another great achievement and motivational moment for me.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you are working on
Currently I work and help with projects at the Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, TheArtsTrust and the auctions held by Astaguru.com. Besides the arts, I have a passion for animals and help promote organisations that help stray dogs in the city.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
I am very grateful to God that I have not experienced any significant challenges or road blocks to my endeavours. There are always small instances that hinder your way and I still have a long way to achieve my personal notion of ‘success’.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
I would not call it an achievement but my greatest ‘decision’ was to switch over from International Relations to Art – the business as well as the artistic perspectives. The selling of my first painting has been another great achievement and motivational moment for me.
My family has always inspired, supported and pushed me to greater heights.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I would be completing my IAS (Indian Administrative Services) exams to secure a position in the diplomatic services of the country, or I would be a full-time artist.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration has been my grandfather and his grave importance of education. “No knowledge ever goes to waste”, is what he used to say. Though an engineer and businessman, he always taught us to pursue whatever our heart pleased. Being poor, with no money for books, he used to borrow his room-mates’ books to study under the street lamps at night. His stories of inspiration are endless. He was an avid reader, a quality that I am grateful to have learnt from him, which is also the biggest inspiration for my own artworks. Every piece I read opens up a trail of other research topics, increasing my curiosity and urge to learn more. My family has always inspired, supported and pushed me to greater heights.
What does the future hold for you?
I would like to think I take life as it comes, but I intend to open my own art venture in the near future along with ventures to help local and emerging artists. I want people to understand the importance of art not just for its economic value, but for its aesthetic, cultural and social value. I would also be enthralled to see my works sell at Sotheby’s or Christie’s.
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Photos below show examples of Vedika’s artworks currently for sale.