I came to the United States to further my education and convert my dreams into reality. I always believed that the United States was not only the land of great opportunities but the ultimate destination to realize one’s dreams.

The journey for me, just like every other young Indian migrant, was arduous right from securing admissions to finally getting a job. After completing my studies I was lucky enough to be sponsored by a company for the most coveted H-1B status, but not all of my fellow migrants are lucky and many have to come back with tears in their eyes and shattered dreams to start the process once again.

The work depicts the voyage taken by Indian immigrants for the goal of acquiring the H-1B visa. The ocean represents the tumultuous journey in the rough sea, the boat represents opportunities, the people depict the hope of fulfilling the dream.


VENUS SANGVHI was born in Mumbai, India and comes from a Hindu-Jain family. She has her Bachelor’s of Commerce and Economics from Narsee Monjee College in Mumbai, India and her Masters in Management from Rithambara College in Mumbai, India. She earned her MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, USA. She has worked as a marketing executive in the corporate world and also taught kids. Her recent achievements include publication of her painting in a coffee table book; her painting was also featured on a billboard in an Art Takes Time Square competition. Her work was also selected for Salon de Refuge show at the Academy. One of her works was selected for The Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Exhibit, "Artists for Peace and Common Understanding." Learn more about Venus' work at venussanghvi.com.


  • Title: Voyage
  • Creator: Venus Sanghvi
  • Date: 2013
  • Physical Dimensions: 12" x 24" x 1"
  • Medium: Mixed Media on Wooden Panel (Handmade Paper, Metal, Thread, Wood)

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