August 2, 2018

POSTED BY

Chandni Poddar

CATEGORY

Piece by Piece

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The sister duo I will be writing about today is Aashika and Tanishaa Cunha, of A&T Cunha Mosaic. They are based out of Mumbai, India and have created intricate mosaic artworks in public spaces in India, as well as internationally. Each tile is meticulously cut, sorted and placed piece by …

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The sister duo I will be writing about today is Aashika and Tanishaa Cunha, of A&T Cunha Mosaic. They are based out of Mumbai, India and have created intricate mosaic artworks in public spaces in India, as well as internationally. Each tile is meticulously cut, sorted and placed piece by piece to create their complete mosaic. They were inspired by Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi and his over-the-top, surreal work in Park Guell, Barcelona. However, their first mosaics were created with their grandmother, Anne de Braganca Cunha.

“Our grandma was always making mosaics out of anything she could lay her hands on,” says Tanishaa, “shells, old ceramic tiles, beads, and scraps of glass way back in the ’60s. As kids, we would assist her in her artistic endeavours, and I guess that’s as far as our formal training went in the initial stages.”

-Tanishaa Cunha, in an interview with The City Story

My favorite artwork from their collection is also their most recent one, A portrait of Frida Kahlo, whose birthday recently passed.

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Their prized work, is a 252 sqft mosaic mural at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The mural is composed of more than 240,000 hand-placed glass tiles and cover more than 246 sq. ft. of space combined. Inspired by the beauty, color, texture, and environment in Hawaii, “Ke Aloha O Ka ‘?ina” depicts some of the flora and fauna found in the islands in a bright and colorful palette. 

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Ke Aloha O Ka ‘?ina (Love of the Land) | 2015 | Panel 1 Part 1
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Panel 1 Part 2
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Panel 2 Part 1
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Panel 1 Part 2
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All Images © Aashika and Tanishaa Cunha

To see more of their work, check out their Instagram page or go to their website to get in touch!

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Puppy Love
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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue..
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Man Grows with Mangroves – A permanent display at Carter road promenade, Bandra
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Bob Marley
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Sun & Moon
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Building Dreams
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Love in Lilies
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Free Flyin’ I – At the Rani Baug Zoo, Mumbai
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Free Flyin’ II – At the Rani Baug Zoo, Mumbai