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At a time when the need for definition and categorization is so strongly felt, « My Mentor is a Wolf » by Kerala born artist Shine Shivan questions the social constructs and highlights the endless spectrum of gender differences, perceptions of beauty, personal inter-relationships and desires.

From indian mythologies to contemporary realities, through new works and performances stemming from both on-going series merged together:  «Glimpse of Thirst» -sculptural works created out of clothes, shells, bones, hairs, skulls, thread – and the never-ending drawing performance – «Language of  deceased»,  the solo-show « My Mentor is a Wolf »  is a tribute to life itself.

Shine Shivan, « l’enfant terrible » of the indian art scene, tackles preconceived ideas with curiosity and welcomes the spectator to join him as a muse, an idea, an interruption or a mentor on his 2 weeks on-going performance.

While the mentor can be commonly defined as « a wise guide », the wolf representing not only nature but Shine’s other mentors, could be a cunning animal, once unforgiving and violent, once a protector, once the mother of Romulus and Remus, once Amarak, once the crowd.

As Charles Baudelaire wrote in « The painter of modern life » 1964:

« The crowd is his element, as the air is that of birds and water of fishes. His passion and his profession are to become one flesh with the crowd. For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world—impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.(…) Thus the lover of universal life enters into the crowd as though it were an immense reservoir of electrical energy. Or we might liken him to a mirror as vast as the crowd itself; or to a kaleidoscope gifted with consciousness, responding to each one of its movements and reproducing the multiplicity of life and the flickering grace of all the elements of life. »






Shine Shivan was born in 1981 in Kerala, India. He has a Masters in Visual Arts from Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Agra, India, and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the College of Arts, Delhi. He has previously shown at Khoj Studios, Delhi, India and was the recipient of a Lalit Kala Academy Scholarship in 2008. Shine debuted with a solo show, Sperm Weaver, at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India in 2009. His video work was shown at Move on Asia 2010, Tate Modern, London, UK following the success of Move on Asia 2010, at Gallery Loop, Seoul, Korea. In November 2010 his work was part of an exhibition at MOCA Taipei, in Taipei, Taiwan. Shine Shivan was one of the artists shortlisted for the SKODA Prize Twenty 2010. In 2011, Shivan’s had a second solo Suck Spit at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. He showed at the India Art Summit 2011, Crossroads: India Escalate at Prague Biennale 5 and (M)other India, Galerie du Jour – Agnès B, Paris, France. In 2012, Shivan participated in group exhibitions at the India Art Fair, New Delhi and the VIP Art Fair (online) as well as How Am I? at the Kastrupgårdsamlingen museum in Copenhagen and The Secret Life of Plants curated by Maya Kovskaya at Exhibit 320 in Delhi. Glimpse of Thirst, Shivan’s third solo show at Gallery Maskara opened in January 2013 at Gallery Maskara followed by a solo presentation at Art Brussels in April of the same year. In October 2013 Shivan participated in Young International Artist Art Fair (YIA Art Fair), Paris, France. In 2014 Shivan was a part of group exhibition at the India Art Fair, New Delhi in January, In March 2014 Shivan participated in an exhibition Drawing Now, Paris, France. In October he was a part of Young International Artist Art Fair (YIA Art Fair), Paris, France and Kaleidoscopic India Maison Guerlain, Paris, France in October-­‐November. Shine Shivan in November also had his fourth solo show Language of Deceased at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. The artist lives and works in Faridabad, India.



 Selected solo-shows:


My mentor is a wolf , Gallery Felix Frachon, Brussels, Belgium


Language of Deceased | Open Studio, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India


Young International Artists Art Fair, Galerie Herve Perdriole, Paris, France

Art Brussels booth 31, Contemporary Art Fair,Gallery Maskara,  Brussels, Belgium

Glimpse of Thirst, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India


Suck Spit, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India


Sperm Weaver, Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India

The Used Performance, Pratabh Garh Village, Haryana, India


Selected group shows:



YIA Art Fair, Paris, France

Kaleidoscopic India Maison Guerlain, Paris, France

Art Brussels, Belgium

Drawing Now, Paris, France

India Art Fair, New Delhi, India


India Art Fair, New Delhi, India


How Am I? Kastrupgårdsamlingen Museum, Copenhagen, DK

The Secret Life of Plants, Exhibit 320, New Delhi

Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Mumbai, India

VIP Art Fair, Online

India Art Fair, New Delhi, India


India Art Fair, New Delhi, India

(M)other India, Galerie du Jour Agnès B., Paris, France

Crossroads: India Escalate, Prague Biennale 5, Prague, Czech Republic Group Show

India Art Summit, New Delhi, India



Finding India: Art for the New Century, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan

Artissima 17 International Fair of Contemporary Art in Torino, Torino, Italy

Move on Asia 2010, Tate Modern, London, UK Move on Asia 2010, Gallery Loop, Seoul, Korea


Peers 2009, Khoj studios, Delhi, India


50th National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy Chandigarh, India

On One Sunday morning … collaborative performance with Manish Chaudhary, Khoj studios, Delhi, India


49th National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Bhopal, India

Camlin Art Foundation show, Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi, India

All India Fine Arts and Craft Society show, Delhi, India

ICRC and Red Cross Society show, India Habitat Center, Delhi, India

Ravi Jain Annual Fellowship show, Dhoomimal Art Galleries, Delhi, India

Group Show, Gallery Art Junction, Delhi, India



 Lalit Kala Academy Scholarship


all India Camlin Art foundations Euro Art tour


 all India Fine Arts and Craft Society


Ravi Jain annual Fellowship (Dhoomimal Art Gallery)


Culture and Education Society National level award