Kiran Soni Gupta is an artist, prolific writer, avid photographer and an accomplished administrator. She is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service presently posted as Principal Secretary Art and Culture in Rajasthan. She was selected for the prestigious Mason Fellowship in 2005 for a Master’s in Public Administration by Harvard University. She also was awarded a scholarship for a Master’s in Public Policy at the Maxwell School, Syracuse in 2004
Kiran has worked in different assignments in Government of India, Government of Kerala and Rajasthan. She has been District Collector of two districts and Divisional Commissioner of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Ajmer. The National Productivity Council NPC and NABARD have recognized her with National awards for her developmental initiatives.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Kiran has kept up her interest in painting as an artist for more than two decades. It has been a rich journey of exploring her surroundings, environment, people and their culture during her varied administrative positions. Her works can be accessed on website www.kiransoniarts.com.
Kiran's artwork" Three Generations" has been selected for the exhibit at the most famous Carrousel de Louvre Paris France in Dec 2013 and also " Poojatime" was exhibited at Le Louvre Museum in Paris in Dec 2012. Recently Kiran has been honored with National Award in Nov 2013. In July 2013, Kiran has been recognized for her achievements in the International Vaish Sammelan. She has been honored with the " Unnat Bharat Sewa Shri Award 2013 " Rajasthan Gaurav 2013" and "Nari Prathibha Samman" in 2012," Kala Samridhi Award in 2010, " Artist of the Year 2009", “Special Achiever Award 2009" and “Kala Shiromani Award" in 2008. One of her paintings on the ‘Famine’ depicting its impact on women and children won the National Award in 2003. Another painting ‘Matters of Heart' was commended in the All India Fine Arts Exhibition in 2004. The Times of India has brought out a series of books on her artworks.
The artist has held more nearly three dozen solo art shows in major cities in India and in foreign countries including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, Tehran, Kandy, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Her latest exhibit was" Desert Hues" at ITC Sonar Kolkata and “Desert Symphony" at the Nehru Centre Mumbai 2013. Her exhibits at the Nehru Centre, London in 2010 were inaugurated by Dr. Swaraj Paul and in 2011 at the National Museum, New Delhi by Dr. Karan Singh.
Many institutions have been inviting Kiran to teach ethnic Indian Art including the East-West Centre, Hawaii and Centre for Adult Education, Harvard. She was awarded the Mallnitz Art residency 2013, Valparaiso Fellowship, Spain 2010 and Centrum Residency, US in 2009,. Her artworks auctions in Cambridge for charity for children’s education have helped her in her vision for leveraging art for social causes. Kiran recent achievement has been to conceptualize, curate and organize Jaipur's First International Art Festival in March 2013 with 130 artists from all over the world which was a great success. She is now working on the 2nd edition of the Festival.
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