Valay Shende is a sculptor and video artist from India, born in 1980.

He received his Diploma in Art Education in Nagpur in 2000 before graduating with a BFA in sculpture in 2004 from the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. His life-size sculptural installations focus on the troubles plaguing contemporary urban society and its members and question the maladies affecting especially his home country of India.

Concerned with the common-man’s tribulations of everyday life, Valay’s keen observations reveal themselves through skilfully rendered objects, profiles and symbols. Superbly crafted and intensely articulate, Valay’s sculptures reveal an artistic, social and moral vision wrought with physical and metaphysical presence. 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. The combination of video art and sculptural installations in his practice is also unique, adding and entirely new dimension to classical ideas of sculpture.

Valay has won several awards and his work has been exhibited widely in India and internationally, with solo shows in Gurgaon, New Brunswick, Chicago and London.


Valay Shende, Dabbawala (with single tiffin box)
Valay Shende, Watch Man, 2014-2015
Valay Shende, Auto Ricksaw (with base), 2015
Valay Shende, Bull head
Valay Shende, Lady Standing
Valay Shende, Man with Golden Briefcase, 2012
Valay Shende, Scooter, 2011 - 2012