Umesh Shah is a painter from Sarlahi Nepal. Growing up in the Sarlahi southern part/ countryside of Nepal, Umesh Shah observed his grandmother making traditional Mithila art on the walls during family functions and festivities. These early moments of watching village women paint their stylized figures and motifs with natural pigments and clay would become a source of inspiration for Umesh. Mithila art and it’s motifs ultimately became the signature style that viewers and collectors today have come to recognize as Umesh Shah.
The main influence in Umesh’s artwork stems from Mithila and Ancient Egyptian Art. He traces these art forms from his childhood and ancestors. The uses of forms and lines are inspired to express his own ideas. Using a combination of the art forms of his ancestors and the modern art in which he has been trained. He is depicting everyday life in the 21th century.
Umesh Shah has done six solo exhibitions in Nepal and India and participated in three national exhibitions and many group exhibitions and workshops in Nepal, India, Japan, Taiwan and Russia. He has participated in 1st Print Biennale India 2018. His works are in major public and private collections in Nepal, India, China, Taiwan, Europe, South America and USA.