Payal S. Parekh is a New York-based art entrepreneur and yoga teacher. She is a private dealer, curator and art advisor. After working with leading galleries in the city, she founded Payal Arts International in 2008, an art consultancy practice dedicated to showcasing artists as well as advising new art enthusiasts and seasoned art collectors. Payal specializes in photography and contemporary art, with a focus on talent inspired by India. She seeks to exhibit artworks that transform, empower and enlighten. Kula ConnectSM is a series of highly curated special events that incorporate the tenets of yoga with artwork made by a contemporary artist. Art fused with meditation creates a collective transcendent experience. As a yoga professional, Payal aims to ground her students while expanding their consciousness.
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 Room East, a contemporary art gallery located in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. In addition, Payal Parekh has appeared in the following publications: Vogue India, December 2010; Wallpaper, 2012; and Harper's Bazaar India, March 2014.