Robin Passi lives and works in New Delhi, India. He studied in Sanskriti School, New Delhi and graduated in 2015. Interested in art and design since early childhood, Robin Passi has worked with various mediums. His prolific work in recycled art and sculptural design has been a result of constantly honing his unique skills and persevering through his artistic journey. While he was still in school, he attended two summer programs at Brown University - ‘Modern Rapid Prototyping Techniques’ in 2012 and ‘Introduction to Design’ in 2013. His Design experience was further enhanced when he interned at Heatherwick Studio in London in 2013.
Robin has had 6 solo exhibitions and has exhibited his work in several group exhibitions. His passion for recycled art is the inspiration for his latest exhibition, Of Fire & Foliage, held at the Alliance Française in October 2015. This exhibition of design pieces and installations was an exploration of elements of nature wherein he demonstrated a cohesive connection between renewing discarded material and the effect mindless consumerism has on our environment.
In January 2015, his solo exhibition entitled Salvaged Shadows was held at the India International Centre. The concept behind this show was to rescue, recover and save material that has been discarded to give it new meaning. Robin’s work encouraged viewers to ponder the historical dimension of everyday objects, to evaluate how we use resources and to question our consumerism-driven society.
Robin’s third solo exhibition Tactile and Intangible Melodies was held at the Alliance Française in August 2014. In this exhibition, he explored universal questions about technology, the passage of time, individual memories, and cultural histories. His use of discarded mechanical and automotive parts – elements that drive forward motion – explored the interplay of obsolescence and forward progress. In his second solo exhibition, entitled Recycled Metal Design Objects, at Alliance Française in August 2013 he wanted to make people think about how we need to preserve what we create and appreciate the historical dimension of the objects we see.
Robin displayed his decorative design piece entitled Threading Through the Past at the India Design ID, in February 2015. He was also selected to display his work at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA in January 2015 in a show of recycled and assembled artwork and at the Alla Prima International Art Fair in December 2014. Robin also showcased his recycled metal design pieces in the India Art Fair 2014. Passionate about recycled art, Robin was motivated to document the inspiring work of some of his fellow artists. Thus, he compiled a book - Beauty Renewed: Recycled Art & Artists in India. Published in May 2015, this book profiles fourteen environmentally conscious artists. Robin’s aim is to encourage strong commitment to environmental preservation by forging connections between artists, art lovers and environmentally conscious citizens. This is the first book in India solely dedicated to recycled art and design.
Art has been a driving force behind many of Robin’s community service initiatives. Robin has initiated, organized and supervised weekly Clay Modeling Workshops for underprivileged children in his community. He created an Artist’s Kit that was distributed to over 2,200 underprivileged children in primary schools, NGOs and organizations, including National Bal Bhavan and Navjyoti India Foundation.
Robin travelled to Kedarnath Valley one year after the 2013 Uttarakhand flood disaster to photograph pilgrims, document and raise awareness of the economic, social and ecological issues facing the Valley. Based on his photographs and the stories of the pilgrims, he created a website www.kedarnathnow.com to raise public awareness about unsustainable development in the Himalayas. Robin is also the author and photographer of a book entitled The Beauty of Life, which was published on DSWSC in 2012. Through a series of photographs, Robin displayed the work that the NGO was doing to impact the students lives.
Committed to giving back to society, all the proceeds from the sale of Robin’s artworks and design pieces are donated to NGOs like The ILA Trust, The Delhi Society For The Welfare of Special Children (DSWSC) and Khushii. He has also participated in prestigious philanthropic events, including the ‘Khushii Art Auction’.
Received the Conserve India’s award for Best Associate for recycled art initiatives and for contribution to a waste-free India.
Received the Flag Foundation of India’s Tiranga Badge in recognition of efforts to spread art awareness among the underprivileged through the distribution of Artist Kits, conducting clay modeling workshops, and for his work with boys in the Prayas Observation Home.
Received FICA’s prestigious young artist award for contributions to Indian contemporary visual art.
For his work on After Care and Rehabilitative programs for juvenile delinquents at Prayas Observation Home For Boys, Robin received a Bronze Pramerica Award for Excellence in Community Service.
The Scrap market of Mayapuri in West Delhi is the largest scrap business hub in Asia. The salvage yard has been the Robin’s biggest inspiration. Material for his art work is almost entirely sourced from here. One of the main businesses at Mayapuri is the recycling of metal scraps and sale of salvage vehicle parts. It is arguably, the biggest market for used automotive and industrial spare parts in India. Many traders from all over India come here to sell or purchase old auto parts. Many small workshops specialized in different metals are active in the Mayapuri area. The safety of the scrap yards became a concern after the radiological accident which occurred in April 2010. The area is not equipped with radiation detectors. The presence of toxic heavy metals and of harmful chemicals in the waste generated by these activities presents a direct menace for the health of several ten thousands of people living in the area.