Years active 1970–present
|Born 1936 (age 80–81)Darkha, Nepal|
Alma mater Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Sushma Shimkhada (सुष्मा शिम्खडा) is a Nepali sculptor who received the Mahakavi Devakota Award in fine arts from the government of Nepal in 2015.
Early life and education
Born in 1936 in Darkha, a remote village 80 miles northwest of Kathmandu, Shimkhada is the seventh child of Kausalya Devi and Ratna Prasad Shimkhada. She grew up in Darkha and moved to Kathmandu with her parents in 1958.
Shimkhada initially went to Baroda to study photography but finally studied sculpture under several sculptors at the Faculty of Fine Arts, including the notable Sankho Chaudhuri. Shimkhada earned a certificate in photography in 1969 and a certificate in sculpture in 1971 from the M.S. University of Baroda. Then Shimkhada returned to Kathmandu in 1971 to practice and teach art to children at Bal Mandir and the Lalitkala campus for a short time.
As a member of the Nepal Association of Fine Arts, Shimkhada spent her time sculpting and regularly exhibiting her work at annual art exhibitions and group shows. She is believed to be the first female sculptor of Nepal.