Kahini Arte-Merchant was born in New Delhi, India on May 12,1960. She studied in India and England and graduated from the Sir J.J. School of Art in 1979.
She held her first solo show of paintings in 1988 at the Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Mumbai. The entire proceeds of this show went to the Helen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind.
Her solo shows were:
Evening; Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Mumbai, 1988
Passages; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1991
The Fractured Dream; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1994
An Invented Memory & Altered Images; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1998
Metamorphosis; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2001
Transience; Jehangir Art Gallry, Mumbai, 2004
Her current series of paintings (acrylics on canvas) in the series R.E.M., will be on view between 18-30 January, 2010 at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, after a long gap of five years.
She has participated in over 80 group shows in India and abroad, and has travelled extensively for artists workshops.
Her work has been auctioned by Christies, Bowrings and Larasati.
Her work is included in corporate and private collections in various cities in India, London, New York, Tanzania, Lagos, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.