Colour photographic portrait of Neera Joshi Pradhan.
Neera Joshi , Flora of Nepal Exhibition , RBGE, 2016

Born in 1967, the daughter of R.N. Joshi (1938-1988), painter and doyen of Nepali art

Personal Statement

I am an independent self–employed artist and botanical illustrator in Nepal. My botanical art works have been exhibited in Nepal and widely in various parts of the globe and  can be found in many prestigious institutions, including RBGE and private collection.

An approach of combining art and science first began in 1999 and was introduced in the book Flora from Kathmandu Valley. I have contributed scientific botanical art works including line drawings for Flora of Nepal, Volume 3, 2011 (published by RBGE) and several scientific papers on botanical art and illustrations in several scientific papers . I have been conducting scientific botanical art workshops for scientists, school children and many private learners in Nepal . Recently I was invited to conduct a series of art workshops for College and school children in Hyderabad India. Currently I conduct classes and workshops for national and international students at my botanical art and illustration school, Studio Petals,  in Nepal and give some extra time in research on the Flora of Nepal.

Career & Qualifications

1987 – 1988 – Trained in painting under the guidance of R.N. Joshi.

1995 – MSc. Botany, Tribhuwan University, Nepal

2002 – Botanical Illustration, Marie Selby Botanical Garden, USA.

2007 – Botanical Art Classes, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


2020 – Special Botanical illustration Exhibition, Wuhan Botanical Garden, China

2019 – Global Artist Movement, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan.

2017 – First Botanical Art Exhibition, 19th International Botanical Congress, Shenzen, China.              

2016 – Flora of Nepal, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

2015 – Project Nepal” International Botanical Art Exhibition by 7 Participants from Royal Botanic Garden Scotland as a part of Nepal Britain 2016 celebration, Park Gallery Nepal.                                                            

2007 – Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT), Gardening Scotland & Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

2004 – The 7th International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, Horticulture Society of New York and American Society of Botanical Art, New York, USA

1999 – Flora from Kathmandu Valley, Park Gallery, Nepal [Solo Exhibition]


2019 – International Awards : Global Artist Movement – City Council Chairperson’s Prize Award, Japan

2007 – Bronze Medal, Botanical Images Scotia, Gardening Scotland

Works in the RBGE Collection

  • Hedychium flavescens, 2012, watercolour and gouache on Arches Paper
  • Leucosceptrum canum, 2016, watercolour and gouache on Arches Paper