It gives us immense pleasure to welcome Prof. Arun Mascarenhas to the IIT Bombay family. He is a valuable addition to the Department of Industrial Design Center.
Arun Mascarenhas has been in academics since 2009. His principal areas of expertise are Fine Arts, Art History, and Aesthetics, having specialization in Contemporary Sculpture and Drawing. His teaching interests include Visual Communication, Creative Education Fundamentals. His research and practice is in the area of Art and Design for Public Spaces, Handmade and Sustainable practices, Cluster study and Documentation.
An exemplary student, he pursued his Post Graduation in Sculpture (Master of Fine Arts) from the College of Art, New Delhi, University of Delhi, and Graduation in Sculpture (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from Chamarajendra Govt. College of Visual Arts, formerly CAVA, Mysuru, affiliated to the University of Mysore with the Gold Medal. He has qualified the National Eligibility Test for Lectureship in Visual Arts from UGC. He started his professional career as a Handmade Toy Designer at Iseo Chemdis Pvt. Ltd, Gurugram, Haryana, India. Simultaneously he worked as a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Sculpture, College of Art, New Delhi, before taking to practicing teaching full time. He has served in different capacities at Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Nation Institute of Fashion Technology Kannur, IIT Hyderabad, before joining IIT Bombay in 2018. Currently, he is designated as an Assistant Professor in Design at IDC School of Design.
Arun has been part of several public and private projects funded by State and Central Governments. He worked for internationally renowned artists and projects and has commissioned many Art, Design Projects as an Independent Practitioner. He organized a national seminar on craft intervention (NSCI-2018) at NIFT Kannur Campus in 2018. He conducted workshops for artisans, coordinated several events and workshops for students of Art and Design.
Additionally, being an Independent contemporary artist, his works were displayed in many groups shows all over India and in collections of public and private organizations. He has participated and presented his Design projects / Research Paper at National and International Conferences. He likes to develop the Interdisciplinary studio for Handmade Character Design IIT Bombay as this area is not much explored in mainstream design practice, which has tremendous scope in Advertainment industry, Mobility Ornaments, Memento design, Puppet making and special effects design etc.
His emphasis would be on traditional methods of engaging physically with materials and processes.According to him, the new generation is already suffering from virtual life and gadgets, which affects their ability to create in the absence of supporting technology. He is not against any technology, but he believes that the cognitive ability to think beyond the obvious and create new ideas and things requires certain experience of real life.