Deepa Hekre is a teacher turned artist. She specializes in figurative art, and she showcases women in all their glory through her work. She gives credit to her time in Nashik, which spurred the development of the figurative style in her paintings. Deepa graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the L.S. Raheja School of Art in 1999 and pursued further studies in art at Sindhudurg Kalamahavidyalaya in Kankavli. Post her studies she conducted private lessons, and she began doing shows only recently (2016).
She believes her canvas to be a woven cloth and her drawings to be shown as if painted on the woven fabric. She uses vivid colors and uses acrylic on canvas applied with rollers as her paintbrushes. In every one of her artworks, the woman is in the foreground be it the ‘Women I,’ ‘Flowers’ or ‘Enlightenment’ series. In a recent article in Times of India, she says Use of Natural colors including red, blue, yellow, white and black is the main feature of my paintings.”
Deepa is an emerging artist who has started out strong. Her artworks have been generating a lot of reviews and coverage. Deepa lives and works from Nashik, Maharashtra.