I shut my eyes in order to see. - Paul Gauguin


Payal is a private dealer, curator and advisor of art. After working with leading galleries in New York City, she founded Payal Arts International in 2008. This art consultancy practice is dedicated to showcasing artists, as well as advising new art enthusiasts and seasoned art collectors. She curates special Art + Yoga events that incorporate the tenets of yoga with artwork.

Payal specializes in photography and contemporary art, with a focus on talent inspired by India. Kula, in Sanskrit, translates "to group or gather or aggregate, and refers both to a soul family or grouping. The purposes of this practice are the initiation of novices, the expansion of consciousness, and expression of bliss." Art + Yoga events are a "kula connection," because they forge a mind, body, and soul connection between the viewer/participant and the art/artist. Art fused with meditation creates a collective transcendent experience.


Payal Parekh graduated with a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in 2001 and received an MA specializing in Contemporary Art from Sotheby's Institute, London in 2003. She has worked in both London and New York and held the position of Assistant Director at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery (New York), Silverstein Photography (New York) and Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York). Ms. Parekh also served as Director of Contemporary Photography at the Robert Miller Gallery (New York), Director of Sales at Sepia International Inc. (New York), a commercial gallery specializing in South Asian and Asian photography, and has collaborated with contemporary art gallery Room East (New York). In addition, Payal Parekh has appeared in the following publications: Vogue India, December 2010; Wallpaper, 2012; and Harper's Bazaar India, March 2014.


Memberships :
Soho House
Bombay Gymkhana Club (India)
The Baltimore Museum of Art Corporate Council
Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA Friends)