Vaidehi Kinkhabwala

Vaidehi Kinkhabwala is a multi-disciplinary artist who grew up in India, and now lives and works in New York City. She received her MFA in Studio Art from Montclair State University in 2010. Bicultural experiences, gender disparity and struggle ensuing from the transition to America have fundamentally shaped her recent work.


When I first came to New York City, it wasn't love at first sight. The first time I ever put my foot on this island, I suffered a debilitating, shortness of breath. A few weeks later, I was diagnosed with a heart condition and soon had to get open heart surgery.

Although this incident impacted me profoundly, I came back from the surgery with a newfound understanding for life and also NYC in various ways. It felt like it was the right of passage. New York had to make me tough, and it had made me #nytough. Thats when the actual love affair began. 

I fell in love with the insecurities of inconsistent life, the irregularities of what should be streamlined motions, and the various imperfections of a quintessential New Yorker. Behind the rudeness of people is the undying spirit, behind the inconsistent transit is the assurance of its centennial existence, and behind its buzzing, forever crowded streets, museums, galleries and restaurants is the promise of an avante garde pursuit. It is this struggle and constant hunger for conquering everything that is thrown at you and failing to give up, picking up the pieces, and starting over with an undying spirit that makes this place so magical.

So I write to you New York, please come back, with all your imperfections and throw them at me because I am now forever yours....

I miss you!

(These paintings were made while in quarantine in New York City.)

-Vaidehi Kinkhabwala