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Reshma Valliappan aka Val Resh | Vajri Studios

Reshma Valliappan combines her experience as a mental health activist with the healing power of art. Reality and the hallucinatory fuses together in the world of Malaysian born Indian visual storyteller artist Reshma Valliappan.


Her graphical to grotesque, abstract to impressionistic styles depict the constant existential variables of the human condition that cannot be defined or constraint to one style, medium or representation.

Reshma Valliappan is recognized as a mental health advocate. She shortened her name to Val Resh in the beginning of her career to protect her identity with schizophrenia. She lives between the land of what is termed to be madness and psychosis without medications while having shared her insights of the shamanic, spiritual and esoteric with many others.


When creating, she is guided by the voices she hears and the visions that surface during the process. Her art is never planned while the creative process is experienced as a portal between two or more dimensions which can be seen and felt in her work. Her goal is to evoke a sense of different sensory experiences where colours can be heard, movements can be felt and that reality be a shared hallucination. 

Resh was born in Malaysia in 1980 and lives in India where she works as a mental health activist and educator. She is a self-taught artist.

Her spiritually initiated name is Vajri which means firmness of spirit and spiritual power. 



  • 2021 - 2022: Teaching Assistant, Consultant for organizations working with disability and mental health.


  • 2018 - 2020: Interventionist, MATOSHRI ENGLISH MEDIUM HIGH SCHOOL, Pune, India.

  • 2015 - 2020: Educator, K.C.THACKERAY VIDYA NIKETAN, Pune, India.

  • 2011 - 2022: Co-Founder Director, THE RED DOOR INDIA


  • 2014 - Masters in Science, Religion and Philosophy, JNANA DEEPA VIDYAPEETH, Pune, India.

  • 2008 - Masters in Clinical Psychology, SNDT UNIVERSITY, Pune, India.

  • 2003 - Bachelors in Philosophy, Psychology, Economics, FERGUSSON COLLEGE, Pune, India.


  • 2022 Group Exhibition, "JAGRATI", All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, Delhi, India. 

  • 2022 Group Exhibition, "ADAPTATIONS", Monalisa Kalagram, Pune. India.

  • 2022 Solo Exhibition, "BLACK, WHITE & the UNSEEN 2.0", India Habitat Centre, Delhi.

  • 2021 Solo exhibition, "BLACK WHITE & the UNSEEN", India International Center, Delhi.

  • 2020 Group exhibition, "Patterns", LIGHT SPACE & TIME, Online Art Gallery. 

  • 2019 Group exhibition, MONALISA KALAGRAM, Pune, India.

  • 2019 Group exhibition, RE:CON by CREA, Nepal. 

  • 2016 Solo exhibition, GYAAN ADAB, Pune, India.

  • 2010 Group exhibition, PYRAMID LAWNS, Pune, India.



  • 2014 ASHOKA FELLOW, using creativity as a changemaking tool for mental health​, Bangalore, India.

  • 2014 INK FELLOW, using creativity for mental health, Bangalore, India.


  • 2019 Red, SRHM Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, (cover feature), Open Issue, 2019. England.

  • 2017 Misty, Arrow for Change, (cover feature), 2017. Malaysia.

  • 2015 Raven a self-portrait, SCRIPTS by LABIA BEES SAAL BAAD, (page 89), Number 15, December 2015, India.

  • 2015 The Stranger Within, Lexicon Magazine, (cover feature), Edition #13, 2015. India.


  • Pune Mirror: Healing through their art

  • Life and More: French Impressionism on show at IIC

  • Better India: Meet the Inspiring Woman who made Art her way to live with Schizophrenia

  • Pune 365: The Importance of being Reshma Valliappan

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