Achala Wali (b. Benares, India)

Lives and works in Trumansburg, NY

Born in Benares, India, Achala came to the United States at the age of five with her parents. With them she lived in many different places around the United States. A graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, Achala continued developing her work, living in Paris and New York City, eventually moving to Cleveland, OH in 1989 and establishing a formal studio there in 2007. She formed strong partnerships with area artists and the community, exhibiting extensively in the Cleveland area. In 2019 she moved back to New York state, establishing residence in Trumansburg, NY. In 2021, she was selected as one of six regional artists for a new exhibition series, the “Central New York Artist Initiative” at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York which will premiere in June 2022.


2022 “Surface Densities” The Everson Museum of Art, Central New York Artist Initiative, Syracuse, NY

2019​​​ Solo exhibition. Zuma Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2017​​​ “Newcelle + 1” Group Exhibition, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH

2016​​​ “Circle Village Artists Festival” Invitational Centennial Celebration, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2016 “​Staff Art Show” Cleveland Museum of Art (annual since 2012), Cleveland, OH

2015​​​ “5 by 5” Frames Unlimited Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015​ “Regional Exhibition Works on Paper” Morgan Art of Papermaking, Cleveland, OH

2015​ “Syncope” Works by Achala Wali and Rachel Beamer, Heights Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015 “The Big Show” Invitational, Zygote Press at Convivium Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015​ “Monster Drawing Rally” Invitational, SPACEs Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2014 “​Stone Canoe Journal” Featured work in annual issue of juried literary/arts journal of artists with connections to Central New York, Syracuse, NY

2014 “​​The Big Show” Juried Regional, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

2013​​​ “Obsessive Intricacies” Group Show, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

2013​​​ Group show, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2012​ “Paperwork’s regional” New works on paper, Heights Arts, Cleveland, OH

2012​ “Second Annual Arts Quarter Exhibition” Juried Regional, Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH

2012​ “Asian and Asia-inspired art works” Co-organized as part of Asian Festival at Asia Towne Plaza, Cleveland, OH

2012​ “76th Annual National Invitational Show” The Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH

2011 “New works” Pam McKee and Achala Wali, Mezzanine Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2010​​​ “Collections as Evidence of Now” Group exhibition Zygote Press, Cleveland, OH