Rohaan Unvala

Contact Information

Studio & Gallery

Philadelphia, PA

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Artist's Biography

I love Movement and Gesture - using them in the dance of creating, and aiming to depict them fully in my abstract paintings. Discovering ways to depict movement in a still medium like painting on canvas is endlessly exciting to me. I view my creative process as a performance - choreographing my movements, so that the result may speak differently to each individual, but it remains a story my Body tells; unique to me and my experience. I am interested in movement and texture, liberating himself in his improvised, impulse-driven creative process.

Painting speaks to me as a performer so much because it is as old as us, as humanity. It is evidence that at some point in the history of the Universe, a living being took up space, and created energy to paint - this is a sold as cave paintings, as old as human creativity; to be a painter and thus connected to the oldest artistic traditions and desires we know, is something that brings me a lot of joy in my work.

Artist's Statement

Rohaan Unvala is a painter, mixed-media artist, performer, deviser, and filmmaker, born and raised in the hustle and bustle of Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. He currently lives and creates all-original artwork in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently a graduate student in the MFA Devised Performance Program at The Pig Iron Theatre Company / The University of the Arts. Though a performer and theatre deviser at heart, he has a love for creating abstract, fantastical, textured paintings on canvas. Art, to him, poses the most important questions about our Universe and also helps us answer them.

Selected Exhibitions

Skies the Limit, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Online exhibition, Lux_Design_Art Gallery

We Happy Few online exhibition, MyArtIsReal Gallery
Curator: Jacob Johnson

CityScapes, Light Space & Time Online Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Online exhibition, Arte_com_

ColourBoom, Boomer Gallery, London, United Kingdom


2019 - Present
The University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Devised Performance

Denison University, Granville, OH
BA, Communication, Theatre