Arun Prem

Arun Prem

Mission Viejo, CA, United States

About Arun Prem


Arun is based in southern California. Arun paints nearly everyday - to him painting is a way to process and memorialize his personal experiences, celebrate life and come to terms with challenges. Just as immigration and travel have shaped his life thus far, his artwork often tackles isolation, cultural conflict and colonial history. The resulting art is very personal and reflective of his personality.

He attributes the variety of themes and the quick brush movements to his short attention span and dyslexic tendencies. The colorful palette results from his upbringing in India. Living in California inspired Arun to make realistic seascapes which he paints in his studio from his own photographs.

Arun’s work is influenced by many styles - abstract expressionism, impressionism, orientalism to name a few. His favorite artists are an eclectic group including John Singer Sargent, Jean-Leon Jerome, Krishen Khanna, Cecily Brown, Willem DeKoonig and Richard Diebenkorn.

Arun is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art's Artists Guild.

In July 2019 ArtFinder named Arun Prem their #2 Top Selling Artist Worldwide for the month.

In March 2019, Arun was awarded 2nd place Award of Excellence in the group show sponsored by the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild at Lyceum Theater; Curator Sonya Sparks


MBA with major in Management Information Systems


Recent Shows:
AU NATURALE - group show sponsored by SD Museum of Art, Aug 3-Sep 13, 2019, at Mission Trails Regional Park; Curator Emma Bloom
DIMENSIONS at Gallery 21, in San Diego, curated by Richard Becker March 12-26, 2019, Balboa Park - Spanish Village
February 19 - March 21, 2019 - San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild group show at Lyceum Theater in San Diego; Curator Sonya Sparks.
“Global Perspectives", Curator Ed Fosmire
February 4 – March 4, 2017
SAC Arts Gallery at the Santora Building
207 N. Broadway, Suite Q, Santa Ana, CA 92701



2011 Aug Display and demo, City of Mission Viejo MV Arts Alive festival
2012 Dec Solo show, Roche Bobois Gallery, Beverly Hills, curator Lorraine Nazareth
2011 Jul Solo show – Colors of India, Art Depot Gallery, Fontana, curator Courtney Hodnick,
2011 Aug Encinitas Library Gallery Group show – My Best Friend, curator Jim Hornung
2013 Jul City of Oceanside – Solo show curator Jennelise Heffen
2014 Mar Queens Museum, New York City, Group show Erasing Borders 2014, curator Vijay Kumar
2014 Jul Crossing Art Gallery, New York City, Erasing Borders 2014, curator Vijay Kumar
2014 Sep National Arts Club, New York City, Erasing Borders 2014, curator Vijay Kumar
2014 Dec American Center in New Delhi, India; Group show W.A.R. Women Arts and Resistance, curator Myna Mukerjee
2015 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Hammond Museum, NY; Group show Erasing Borders 2015, curator Vijay Kumar
2016 Jul–Oct The Gallery, Jan Hus Gallery, and Kapoor Galleries in NYC; Center for the Arts, NJ; Group show Erasing Borders 2016, curator Vijay Kumar
Global Perspectives, Santa Ana, curated by Ed Fosmire