In Conversation With: Valay Shende

Valay Shende, famed for his recent public installation Dabbawala, discusses his Buffalo series and the philosophy behind his art during Saffronart’s visit at the sculptor’s studio.

“I try to portray social issues in my artwork.”

Valay Shende’s art is a documentation of his contemporary time. The son of a scrap merchant in Nagpur, Shende understands the phenomenon of migration intimately, with his own shift to Mumbai in 2000 and from the experiences of his father who had moved to Nagpur from a small village. Shende’s 2010 work, Transit, a life-size sculptural installation of a truck with 32 labourers in it that references this universal story of migration. This piece was made entirely out of tiny metal discs, which became his choice of medium in many other works.

Transit Truck

Transit, 2010


A 13-foot tall public art installation of Dabbawala at Haji Ali, South Mumbai 

Shende’s mission to recognise the common man’s struggles has also extended to the series titled Dabbawala. Dedicated to Mumbai’s dabbawalas—the city’s ubiquitous network of tiffin and lunch delivery men, the sculptures in these series are made of wristwatch dials (“to show their punctuality”). The most prominent in this series is a 13-foot tall public installation, made of stainless steel discs, which was recently unveiled at Haji Ali in Mumbai.

Saffronart’s Summer Online Auction on 6-7 June 2017 offers a life-size metal disc buffalo, from Shende’s Buffalo series.



Valay Shende’s buffalo sculpture goes on auction at Saffronart’s Summer Online Auction on 6-7 June 2017

About the Author

Posted by

Add a Response

Your name, email address, and comment are required. We will not publish your email.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

The following HTML tags can be used in the comment field: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

%d bloggers like this: