Usha Shukla Meet

Usha Shukla

Pleasanton, CA

About Usha Shukla

Pleasanton, CA

Usha Shukla was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. From early childhood, she was fascinated by the outdoors. The vibrant colors of the Indian countryside left a strong impression on her. After a graduate degree in English Literature, she went on to get a diploma in Fashion Design. In 1996 when she moved to San Francisco, California, with her family, she found everything different except her interaction with nature. In 2005, after a visit to the Louvre Museum in Paris, she realized her true passion for art. She enrolled in the local community college and started her formal art education. She completed her graduate program at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, focusing on painting.

Combining her love of nature and passion for art, she paints large abstract paintings in vibrant colors. She has a unique process of mark-making. Instead of conventional tools like brushes and palette knives, she moves the paint on wood panels using an air blower.

Her work is collected by several local art collectors. She won the 2016-17 Clyde & Co Art Award for Emerging Artists, San Francisco. She has participated in several juried group and solo shows on the West Coast and has won awards. She has a public art mural in the city of Livermore, California. Her six paintings are installed in the East County Hall of Justice, Dublin, CA, commissioned by the Alameda County Arts Commission. Five of her works are in the permanent collection at the Sutter Hospital in San Francisco and one in Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston. She recently exhibited her work at Spectrum, Miami during the Miami Art Basel Week. She received the 2020 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and now serves as an Art Commissioner on the Alameda County Arts Commission.

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Other works by Usha Shukla

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • Tri-City Voice Newspaper;
    October 16, 2018
  • Clyde and Co. Art Award 2016-17;
  • Blog Post;
    Septemmber 2014
  • Gabriell, Gina. “Shukla.” Art Matters, Dublin Art Collective, Dublin, CA, vol. Spring 2021, p. 2
    March, 2021
  • Ciardelli, Dolores Fox. “County Honoring Pleasanton's Shukla for Impacting the Arts Community.” News | |, Embarcadero Media, Palo Alto, California, 15 Oct. 2020,
    October 15, 2020
  • “Shukla to Receive County Arts Leadership Award.” The Independent, The Independent, 2250 First Street Livermore, CA, 8 Oct. 2020,
    October 8, 2020


  • Academy of Art University, MFA (Painting)
    79 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA ,2018 
  • Institute of Fashion Design, Diploma
    Jaipur, India,1988 

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