Shachi Kale Art
Born and brought up in Mumbai, India, Shachi Kale trained as a graphic designer. She began her career in advertising and then ran her own successful design studio. In 2001, she moved with her husband to Arizona.
The move inspired Shachi to express herself through art as a way to grapple with the feelings of change and loss and regrowth. Shachi has recently had three very successful solo shows and has also shown her work in group shows around the valley.
Her art was recently selected for the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards and she was a finalist in the Mayor‘s Arts Awards in the visual arts category in 2019. She has worked as a designer with community colleges in AZ and 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.
She and her husband live in Arizona with their two young boys and dog, Buzz. 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 gouache, acrylics, oils, fiber arts, printmaking, and digital art.
Shachi Kale is a visual storyteller, graphic designer, and children’s book illustrator. Her art is an exploration of her internal dialogue and an attempt at understanding herself and the many roles she plays. In this lockdown, she has focused her gaze on the quiet moments she has experienced in the company of her loyal companion, her studio dog Buzz. She has tried to capture the slow simple pace of days, the moments of beauty and comfort that were once ignored and now so valuable.
Shachi uses gouache, watercolors, acrylics, embroidery, and digital arts. She is fascinated by folk art from around the world, the artists’ use of flat colors, simple perspective, and storytelling. She is also drawn to Indian miniature art and the patterns and decorative elements used in them. The vibrant and rich colors of her palette are a legacy of her Indian heritage, and the narrative elements are an influence from her work as a children’s book illustrator.