Avantika Bawa splits her time between her hometown of New Delhi, India, and her current home of Portland, Oregon. Bawa’s art practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, often with strong architectural elements. Her drawings are often characterized by minimalist forms and subtle interactions between the work and installation space. Bawa has a BFA in painting from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bawa is one of the co-founders of Drain a journal that explores contemporary art primarily through imagery, interviews, and creative writing. She is represented by Gallery Maskara in Mumbai, and Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, and has attended multiple residencies including the McDowell Colony, Djerassi, Kochi Biennial Foundation, and Skowhegan among others. Bawa is a fellowship recipient for the Oregon Arts Commission. In addition to her active art practice she is also a curator and an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University at the Vancouver, WA campus.