Avantika Bawa | Artist & Professor

Avantika balances her visual art practice with the critical eye and duties of an arts educator. Her exploratory drawings are minimal and architectural, but her influence as a curator and professor is large.

Your manifesto / rules to live by / motto:

Never give in!
Live free or die!
Keep it fresh, but spicy!

How would describe your work if you left out all the boring parts?

There are no boring parts.
Boring is, and can be, beautiful.
Subtle, yet obvious and in your face.
Bold, yet simple.
Straight Forward.

Pen, pencil or stylus?


Be honest: how often do you clean your desk?

A lot! With each new drawing/collage!


Cretacolor MonOlith Tin Box Set

Wonderful things come in small boxes. In this case? Straight up graphite pencils!

Cretacolor gives us what we want: all graphite, no filler. This kit provides everything you need to get sketching, and a few things you didn't know you needed but soon will. Sharpen and use these like normal sketching pencils, and get the bonus of being able to use the broad side to shade and color too. 7mm thick like a standard pencil, with a protective laquer coating to keep your hands tidy. Included are seven pencils spanning the standard range of medium to soft (HB through 9B). You also get a quality sharpener with nice grippable sides, a good sized moldable eraser, a pencil holder for when your pencils get stubby, and a pencil cap to protect the tips