Indian sculptor and artist Valay Shende is based in Mumbai, but his works have been exhibited widely in India and internationally. His life-size sculptural installations revealed superb craftsmanship, and one of his sculptures was awarded the "best sculpture in India" prize in 2002, it surely was an outstanding award, given the fact that India is the second most populous nation on earth. Valay completed his BFA in sculpture in 2004 from the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. Valay question the maladies afflicting urban society, especially in his home country of India. He uses everyday symbols and objects in reflecting the tension between modern and tradition worlds, offers critique of consumption and indulgence of the contemporary.