Multimedia artist and sculptor Valay Shende was born in 1980 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
In 1999 he earned a diploma in Art Teaching and then he went on to train at the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Mumbai, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpturing in 2004. Valay later completed an artist residency at the Open 'Air' Program, Point Éphémère in Paris in 2006.
As a multimedia artist, Valay works with the mediums of sculpture, photography, video and installation. His works aim to create a "language that communicates beyond borders to act as a contribution of knowledge and references of our histories and present times to future generations".
His work focuses on the troubles plaguing contemporary urban society and its members. He released a series of sculptures in his unique, distinctive style, depicting what he defines as a universal symbol of love: the teddy bear.
Valay's teddy bear creations are part of a larger artistic project that he has developed in recent years, using his studio to build impressive, large-scale sculptures made of metal discs or other re-appropriated materials. Rough physical matter is manipulated in his work to create plastic, flawless shapes that are elevated to a highly expressive form of art. His sculptures suggest a sense of lightness and formal elegance that conceal the simplicity and hardness of the elements they are built with. Deep emotions and, at times, social issues are communicated to those who approach Valay’s artworks in an immediate, perceptual way through presence: a quality able to transform objects into something that is truly alive.
His work has been exhibited in Mumbai at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, at theTate Modern, at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and then back across the globe to Opera Gallery, Paris. In 2011, Shende installed a large-scale truck installation, entitled TRANSIT, at the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (Lyon Museum of contemporary Art) in France.
His latest exhibition, Migrating Histories of Molecular Identities, shows artwork that represent situations through "the deconstruction of matter in the form of molecular discs of metal and portraits". Valay's work has also been featured in The Daily Telegraph.