Manju Shandler
Medium: Mixed Media and Sculpture

Studio Location:
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Studio # 840 President St



Artist Bio:
Manju Shandler is a visual artist and theatre designer.

Manju Shandler has had solo shows at Brown University's Sarah Doyle Gallery for Feminist Art, The Hammond Museum, The Honfleur Gallery, The Governor's Island Art Fair, The Bergdorf Goodman Store Windows and group shows at The Untitled Space, Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery Ho, The ISE Cultural Foundation and throughout the US, Amsterdam, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. She regularly shows in her community of Brooklyn, NY.

Manju Shandler was selected as a NYFA Artist/Entrepreneur and received the University of Rhode Island's Sea Grant for Visual Artists, The Art Asset Award from The ISE Cultural Foundation, and was selected for The Art Sprinter Award.

In 2017 The National September 11th Memorial & Museum exhibited 850 paintings from Manju Shandler's 3,000 piece painting installation, GESTURE, in Rendering The Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11.

Manju Shandler's Puppet/Costume Design has been featured at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, PS 122, The LABA Theatre and at Radio City Music Hall. She has received an Emmy Nomination, Innovative Theatre Award, a Jim Henson Foundation Grant and was an Emerging Artist at the Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference. She is one of the original sculptors of masks and puppetry for The Lion King on Broadway.

She has a B.A. in Performing Visual Art from Bennington College (1995).

Artist Statement:
I am a visual storyteller who communicates through narrative imagery imbued with elastic meaning. I am creating a visual mythology that explores the process of humankind corrupting the natural world in pursuit of progress. My narrative mixed media paintings, tapestries, and sculptures are a meditation on current events presented as a psychological landscape that build upon established storylines in pursuit of ordering madness in dense and complicated times.

My artwork reflects on the past while it probes the future. The blueprint of how I create work can be broken down like this: I isolate a contemporary phenomenon, find a myth or story with relevance and illustrate their intersection using an arsenal of imagery and techniques assembled through research and intuition.

All images and text copyright Manju Shandler