Born 1965 in Bangalore, India.

Lives and works in Bangalore. 


1992 Diploma in Fine Arts, Ken School of Art, Bangalore
1986 Bachelor of Arts, Bangalore University

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2014 Nine Seventeen: Prabhavathi Meppayil, American Academy, Rome

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Superposition. Art of Equilibrium and Engagement, 21st Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2017 Islands, Constellations & Galapagos, Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama
2016 Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi
Accrochage, Punta della Dogana–François Pinault Foundation, Venice
2013 The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale
2012 Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past, The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
2011 Biennale Jogja XI – Equator # 1 | Shadow Lines: Indonesia Meets India, Yogyakarta
2009 Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art, National Museum of Contemprary Art, Seoul

Born to a family of goldsmiths, Meppayil transposes in her works the techniques and materials associated with this ancestral savoir-faire into a contemporary plastic language that belongs to the modernist canon, whether by embedding copper wires—and more rarely remnants of gold or silver—in layers of white gesso, or by marking its surface with tools traditionally used by goldsmiths. She works on the technical dimension of the artistic practice, focusing on materials and instruments.