Indian-born artist Janavi M Folmsbee settled her roots in the beautifully diverse city of Houston, Texas, in 2012. She has moved between countries and cities to find her own space in this world and to hunt for the universal and global connection amongst us. After crossing continents, this hunt has propelled her to continue her search in an element that physically connects us all – water. She is strongly influenced by marine life, drawing abundant inspiration from her experiences with scuba diving expeditions and with the ocean itself. Folmsbee is overloaded with ideas, she and brings them to life by working in multiple series at the same time.

In her work, Folmsbee creates ethereal, intricate shapes, which she calls characters, that are meant to invite the public into something very private. Her paintings intend to take the viewer into the work’s moment of origin. Folmsbee captures various forms of the marine world through linear progression, color, and a visual take on abstract and representational painting. These characters she conceptually conceives of live in their own world and space, but somehow also exist in ours. Typically, a collection of four or five of her works are installed together to tell a story, transforming the space into her version of ‘Davy Jones’ Locker,’ an unreal world for the viewer to be injected into.

This year, Folmsbee has become actively more involved in the marine community by working with conservation organizations such as the Galveston Bay Foundation and Plastic Tides, with the hope of creating awareness about the struggles faced by the marine world. The works allow the viewer to better understand the hardships of our oceans and the majestic creatures it holds. She has faith that with art, awareness, and beauty we as humans are capable of doing much more for our oceans and our environment. 


Janavi M Folmsbee wants to live in a world where we can close our eyes and imagine a painting into creation. Born in Mumbai, India, in 2005 Janavi moved to the U.S. to study at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts. As an artist, she has shown her work in India, Beijing and Europe. Her work has been featured in international fairs like Kunst Rai and Art Rotterdam and in articles in print media such as Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia edition), The Times of India, Verve INDIA & Houston Modern Luxury.

When Janavi is not in her studio creating new work or off on a scuba diving adventure in an exciting location like the Maldives or Turks and Caicos, you can find her visiting The Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection  in Houston or writing in a new café that she may have stumbled upon.

Janavi currently lives and works in Houston. This year she has begun to work with various conservation organizations such as the Galveston Bay Foundation and continues to grow her relationships with several others to help with Marine Conservation through Art. You can find out more about her work by visiting Janavi and emailing questions to jmf@janavimfolmsbee.com.



B.F.A.  In Painting & Drawing : The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (S.A.I.C) Chicago IL.  U.S.A.  July 2008.


OxBow, Michigan: Summer 2008.

L’AIR ARTS, Paris, France: Fall 2018.


2019 Femme “A Celebration of women” HCCgallery, Houston. U.S.A.

2019 India art festival, Mumbai, India.

2018 MANGER ‘To eat’ , Memoire-a-venir gallerie, Paris, France.

2018 Artists for Artists, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

2018 Index dubai Art fair: Exhibited with art mudra gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.

2018    ARTBOX Poject New York 1.0, Manhattan, NYC. U.S.A.

2017    “French Texan Dialogues” Yvonamor Palix Art gallery, Houston, U.S.A.

2017    Harvey Relief Exhibit at Samara Art Gallery, Houston, U.S.A.    

2017    “French Texas Dialogues” Yvonamor palix fine art, Houston, U.S.A

2017    Emerging – Upcoming artists of Houston, City Hall, Houston, U.S.A.

2017    Knight Frank Wealth Artra Palettes Exhibit, Mumbai, India

2017    Serrano Gallery, Colore, Houston, U.S.A.

2015    Samara Gallery, Misinformation is Ammunition, Houston, U.S.A

2015    The Mariagio Collective, Group show. Houston, U.S.A

2014    Who are we? COCA, Center on Contemporary Arts, Seattle, U.S.A

2014    The Gig Harbor Museum in Washington, U.S.A 

2014    National rocky mountain water media competition, Golden Colorado.

2014    Show with DE ART XPERT, Dubai U.A.E 

2014    27th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper , Louisiana, U.S.A 

2014    Show for the cancer society of Houston, Houston,Texas, U.S.A

2010    Auction for Hope For Haiti, Mumbai, India

2008    Auction At OxBow: Saugatuck Michigan, U.S.A

2006    Michigan Art Gallery Chicago, U.S.A


2012    Solo Show at Artist Village gallery  Beijing, China.

2012    Solo show at  Canvas Art International Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2012    Solo show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Hirji art gallery: Mumbai, India

2010    Solo Exhibition At The Museum Gallery Mumbai, India “PERCEPTUAL PERCEPTION”.

2008    Viewing of Works At L’Vista, Mumbai, India. Exhibition on anatomical sketches and paintings.

2006    Solo Exhibition At Henry Thames “Anatomy in a conceptual world” Mumbai, India.

2006    Solo Exhibition At L’Vista“Reality” In Mumbai, India.

2005    Solo Exhibition ,Jumerah “Fall Of Anatomy” Dubai, U.A.E. 


2019  Houston Arts Alliance, Caydon selected Artist. 

2019 The Port Of San Diego, Arts Month T- Shirt. 

2018   Creating Artwork for The Houston Chevron Marathon Comittee. That will be the face of the 2019 Houston Marathon. 

2018    Museum of Fine Arts Houston; displays a selection of four kimonos by Folmsbee and Kimono Zulu 

2018    Houston Sky art Project winner, Billboard all over the city will be covered by art by Janavi M Folmsbee.  Houston Texas

2017    Collaboration with Kimono Zulu, Exhibited at Cindy Lisica Gallery,     Houston, Texas.

2017    Waves of Wonder’ A 1400 sq ft Mural, 8080 Main St. Houston, Texas.

2017    ‘Houston Charactered away’ Launch HTX Mural for Houston First.

2016- 2017    Local Foods,  indoor art installation, Downtown Houston.

2016    Selected to paint two NFL Riddell Helmets for the 2017 Houston Super Bowl by the Superbowl host committee of Houston.

2016    Collaboration with Roche Bois Bois on Mah Jong line.

2016    ‘Rail to the Sea’ A 5000 sq ft Mural, commissioned through Leadership Houston Class XXV and selected through the Houston Arts Alliance. Wall is located at 1505 Sawyer St, Houston Texas. In the Washington Ave Arts District. 

2016    Light by night, day for hey’ mini mural through up art studio and the Houston Arts Alliance: located at Airline and Dyna Dr. In Houston, Texas. 


2018    Index Dubai Art fair: Exhibited with art mudra, Dubai, U. A. E.

2015    Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Samara Gallery, Houston, U.S.A

2012    KunstRai, Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012    RAW Art Rotterdam, Art Fair, Rotterdam, Netherlands


2018  The recipient of the $65,000.00 Bayfront Mural installation by the Port of San Diego. 

2018    Grant approved for a project titled “Storywalls” total amount $55000.00  awarded by The Houston Arts Alliance - Community Project Grant. grant was written for CHAT, Culture of Health Advancing Together. Concept created by Janavi M Folmsbee

 2017    REEF, National India Marine Art Competition, Special mention for Art Award.