Shachi Kale, Visual Artist and Book Illustrator

Born and brought up in Mumbai, India, Shachi Kale trained as a graphic designer in a leading institute in Mumbai. She started her career in advertising and then ran her own successful design studio. After marriage in 2000, she moved with her husband to Arizona.  

The move was both easy and difficult, and Shachi started to express herself through art as a way to grapple with the feelings of change and loss, and regrowth. She also works as a freelance graphic designer and has won awards for her designs and art over the years. She also pursued her passion for children‘s book illustration and has illustrated over 20 children's books, 16 of which have been published in both India and the United States.

Since 2018, Shachi has had three very successful solo shows. She has shown her work in group shows around the valley and has won awards for her art created while a student at Mesa Community College, where she continues to take classes for her personal growth and her desire to explore various mediums. In 2019 she was a finalist for the Dr. Eugene Grigsby Visual Artist Award, Mayor’s Arts Awards, and in 2018 her artwork was selected as the artist for Governor’s Arts Award.  

She is a mother of two young boys and a dog. She continues to explore themes of growth, family life, and change as well as exploring the desert environment she lives in. Her medium of choice is watercolor, but she also enjoys working with gouache, acrylics, oil, and embroidery along with digital art. | @shachidreams | Visual Artist and Book Illustrator

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