Oza Vasvi Mayankkumar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • History and Practices of Art Education
  • Representation of Childhood in Printed Material
  • Regional Periodical Studies
  • Archival Translations
  • Textbook Illustrations
  • Gujarati Print Culture
  • Creative Drawing
  • Zine-making
  • Graphic Narratives
  • Painting


She has pursued graduation and post-graduation (2007) in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda, Gujarat. She has completed her PhD (20102016) from Department of Film Studies and Visual Culture, EFL University, Hyderabad. Her PhD thesis is titled Imaging Childhood: Locating the Emergence of Modern Gujarati Child in the Print Culture of Early Twentieth Century Colonial Gujarat’. She has explored and examined the pictorial reproductions that formed a major part of printed texts for children in mainly Gujarati periodicals and textbooks from early 20th century to analyse questions of pictorial representations of/​for the modern Gujarati child. Her exploration found that the representations of/​for the modern Gujarati child in instructive and materials of leisure held echoes of sociopolitical movements of the time, such as nationalism, revivalism and national education. 

Vasvi has previously worked as an Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore. She has taught painting at College of Fine Arts, Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. She has worked as the field researcher and compiler of Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art writings from South Asia at Asia Art Archive, HongKong. She has also provided her services as translator and consultant for the Jyoti Bhatt Photography Collection at Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bangalore.

Vasvi enjoys travelling, birdwatching and collecting old Russian picture books.