Sanjay Vora's work is born of reflection, derived from a lived American life as well as a cultural heritage rooted in East Indian traditions and music. Born in New Jersey into a musical Indian family, both his music and art have been strongly influenced by his bicultural upbringing as well as the surrounding rural American landscapes of his childhood. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2002, Vora obtained an MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005.
Vora's practice at present is to create a distinct and mimetic vision (based largely upon photographs), which lies mostly beneath, but also at times amongst and over the layers of veiling. The painted veiling serves as a mediating function between the “then” and “now”, as the tender representational painting recedes and arises re-constructed into visions of a dream-like quality of the world. As he covers and obscures the initial painting, he enacts a process of retrieval. In particular pieces, this process repeats upon itself.