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Shoili Kanungo

I like telling stories through images and/or words. Surreal imagery and dreams are important to me and I like to see what they can reveal. The myth of Eve and the serpent has always fascinated me, and I keep looking for new ways to interpret this story. When I draw, I like using a lot of details. I think of the page as a nonlinear storyboard, with no guidelines for where to go and—hopefully—lots to discover. When I paint, I am a little obsessed with swirling lines. I do love lines. I like using pen and ink, gouache, and watercolor.


Everyone wants to leave Eden | 2010 | Pen and ink


Trust me quickly | 2010 | Pen and ink


They break free and give me a earache | 2014 | Pen and ink


Cinema Paradiso | 2014 | Pen and ink


Reluctant Eve | 2014 | Pen and ink + digital


While waiting for the bus | 2014 | Pen and ink + digital


Gregor Samsa’s dream | 2014 | Gouache


Give us a break | 2014 | Gouache


Free like Kali | 2014 | Ink and watercolor

Shoili Kanungo lives and works in New Delhi as an illustrator and graphic designer. Shoili spent a year in Tokyo learning language, calligraphy, and pottery; she also lived in Sydney for seven years, where she gained a masters degree in design and worked as a graphic designer. Shoili likes to write short stories and walk through cities.

All images: © 2014 Shoili Kanungo

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. nina rao #

    wonderful and congrats for the wonderful imagination.

    July 5, 2014
  2. Stunning, Therapeutic, Intense, Layered. I was drawn to them completely. Great work Cheeni.

    July 6, 2014
  3. Ashwin #

    Reluctanteve is my favorite, love the blend of red shades with the intricate drawing,

    July 6, 2014
  4. Smita #

    “Free like Kali” is a masterpiece. Enormous talent and subtle but vivid imagination.

    July 26, 2014
  5. Rhea #

    They look awesome!!

    May 18, 2015
  6. These are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing, love the Eden/Eve explorations! I blog on this website too and its so nice to come across your work

    May 16, 2018

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