Born in Kolkata, India, Minakshi De earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chittagong and her post graduate diploma from the Fashion and Arts Institute in Dallas, Texas. She has shown in both solo and group exhibitions all over India, including Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chittagong. Minakshi has also exhibited around the United States, including Florida, Texas, Virginia, and New York. She has participated in an art workshop in Italy as well as earned several merit awards in her shows around Florida. These awards included a 1st place prize in pastels at an exhibition in Vero Beach, Florida. Minakshi’s passion for art is reflected in each brush stroke and layer of color in her works. Her emotional paintings are based on psychological and physical states that capture cultural experiences from her life. The textured styles of her works are influenced by Indian miniature paintings from the 11th and 12th century as well as the patterns and designs of Indian temples.