I am an illustrator, cartoonist and reportage artist working between New York City and Mumbai. I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Illustration as Visual Essay at School of Visual Arts, New York. My work attempts to process and document human relationships, instances of emotional connection between strangers, and the magic in everyday life.


I am also very interested in the conversations people have over food. I am interested in why people form specific associations with food during childhood. And how their relationships with food play out in their lives. My work explores how in cultures with a history of migration and colonial trauma, food is used as a tool of communication, and how sharing a meal or food resources fosters intimacy, connection and a sense of community between strangers. My work explores these questions through drawings on location, gouache paintings and illustrating the interviews I conduct, through the format of comics zines and graphic novels.


I enjoy making patterns, sketching at live drawing events, organizing workshops and giving artist talks. Get in touch if you'd like make something cool together! 


Follow me on Instagram : @TheJackfruitSlayer




Space Gallery, Portland

Zanbeel Art Gallery: Mapping Out A Field

School of Visual Arts Book Show  

Frick Fine Arts Library (Zine Collection)

Rendez-vous Carnet Du Voyage

(Travel Illustration Festival in France)

Comic Arts Brooklyn

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

MoCCA Arts Festival

Pittsburgh Zine Fest

Printed Matter NY

NY Independent Art Book Fair

Women That Rock

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

SVA Gramercy Gallery

Panels To The People

Carousel : Quarantined

12th Street Journal

Push Pull

OCD Chocolate

Smush Gallery

Greenpoint Gallery

Parsons Gala

Secrets Risograph show (Hamburg, NYC)

Optikal Asylum (Mumbai)

Kulture Shop Mumbai

Domino Books



Parsons School of Design

B.F.A in Illustration 2019,

Dean’s List, GPA: 3.95


School of Visual Arts

M.F.A in Illustration 2021,

Merit Scholarship Awardee 2019, 2020


SVA Alumni Scholarship Award 2021

SVA Merit Scholarship 2020, 2019

Departmental Honors at Parsons Graduation

Nominated for Will Eisner Scholarship

Parsons Learning Portfolio Contest

Parsons Sketchbook Contest

All India Rank: 31/50000 in the 2014 NIFT

(National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Examination) 

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New York City, NY

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