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Emerging India

A Group Show of 45 Young Contemporary Artists
The Henry Moore Gallery Royal College of Art London
29th August 2007 - 4th September 2007
Art Alive Gallery

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Angeli Sowani

Angeli Sowani

Biography

Born 1959 in New Delhi, Angeli completed her Degree in Visual Communications, Graphic Design & Illustration from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 1983. She has held her solo shows at Mumbai in 2006, 2001, 2000 & 1997; at Hong Kong in 2002, 2000 & 1998; at London in 2004 and Bangkok in 1995. She has also participated in several group show shows across India and abroad which include Harmony Show , Mumbai in 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2003, Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong in 2001 & 2002; Contemporary Indian Art, Chicago in 1998. She lives and works in London.



Statement

The myths, rites and rituals of Hinduism are deeply woven into the fabric of Indian society. Even to the sceptic or non-believer, certain words and stories invoke emotions and impressions. Amavasya, the moonless night, conjures up images of contrast, flickering lights against darkness and an end against a new beginning.


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Apurva Desai

Apurva Desai

Biography

In Apurva Desai's canvas the self is given over to the experience; he paints monumental human forms dissolved into its location. Born 1962 in Baroda , Apurva presently lives and works in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.He pursued Diploma {Painting} from C. N. College of Fine Art, Ahmedabad (1987) and Masters {Painting} from M.S.U, Baroda (1989). He worked for 2 years under the guidance of Rekha Rodwittiya. He has held 15 solo shows including at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi in 2006 & 2002; at Ahmedabad in 2006, 2002, 1994, 1993, 1991, 1990 & 1987; Kolkata in 1997. He has also participated in several group shows, more prominent amongst which are Emerging India, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007; Romania in 2005; London in 2003; Goan Art Forum in 1995 and Fifth Northern Region Art Exhibition in Delhi in 1993. He has been honored with several scholarships and awards from Gujarat State Government in 1987-88; Ministry of Human Resources, New Delhi in 1989-90; Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad in 1991; Vikram Sarabhai Foundation, New Delhi in 1991-92; awarded by Lalit Kala Akademy Gujarat in 1985, 1991 &1995 and Navdeep Sanskrutik Pratisthan, Gujarat in 1990 for his contributions to Art and Charles Wallace India Trust Residence Award, London in 2003.



Statement

Having started out with huge oil painting chock-a-block with detail, I have continuously distilled technique and fine-tuned my focus so much so that even my language has changed. Not only in the subject matter, this progression of ideas has been like a peeling back of layers in each successive work. Reducing color, Clutter, size as well as the layering that was characteristic of my earlier works, my current work has become more austere, and elemental but conversely, the depth of expression has become more intimate, more in-tune with the worker and the subject. In the latter half of this work, I have eliminated even color to suggest not just the blurring of the lines between the man and the metal but the total boundary less amalgamation of the scrap and the worker- giving life to the scrape by making it an integral part of the human being. Where does one begin and the other end?


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B.Devaraj

B.Devaraj

Biography

Born 1966 in Channenahalli (near Bangalore), Devaraj has completed his B.F.A. & M.F.A. in Painting from College of Fine Arts, Bangalore during 1988-1995. He has held 2 one-man shows at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore in 2005 & 1997 and also participated in several group shows at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Baroda, Hyderabad and Texas, USA. He is a recipient of many awards including the National Award in 2004; ‘Young Artist Award’ by H.K. Kejriwal Trust in 2001; All India Exhibition Award by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore in 1993; Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1992. He lives and works in Bangalore.


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Binoy Varghese

Binoy Varghese

Biography

Born 1966 in Kerala, Binoy did his National Diploma in Fine Arts from R.L.V College of Fine Arts, Kerala. He was the artist-in-residence at Aicon gallery,new york in 2007; Banff Centre for Arts, Alberta, Canada in 2000 and Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai during 1994-98. He has held Six one-man shows at New Delhi, Canada, Chennai. He has also participated in three Two-men shows and many group shows which include ‘Reading Paint’, Bangkok in 2007; ‘Definitively Provisional –II’, Copenhagaun, Denmark; 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh in 2004; Miami Art Festival, Sponsored by Jacob Karpio Gallery Costa Rica in 1999; 41st National Academy Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi in 1998. He has received several awards including the National Award by National Academy of Arts, New Delhi in 1998; a fellowship from the Madhavan Nair Foundation, Kochi in1993 and a scholarship from the Arnawaz- Vasudev Charitable Trust from 1994 to 1996. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

Statement

‘My paintings are about the issues closer to my heart, In the new series of works I painted the children glowing in their dark and brown skin ,the social marker of their existence .selecting dark or brown complexioned persons or women in burka with unidentifiable complexion. I postulate body as information. The physical body of a person has become the embodiment of information regarding his identity.’

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C.F.John

C.F.John

Biography

The works of C. F. John attempts to find the present context of Art, looking through the rational and emotional human existence. Born 1960 in Thrissur, Kerala, John presently lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka. After his studies in Philosophy, John opted for the age old tradition of Gurukul and had his initiations’ in Art under Jyothi Sahi at Silvepura Bangalore. He has held his solo show at Cochin in 2005; Bangalore & Mainz and Saarbrucken, Germany in 1997 and Alliance Francaise, Bangalore in 1991. He has also had 3 two men shows, two in New Delhi in 2002 & 2003 and one in Bangalore in 2002. He has also participated in several group shows in India and Abroad, lastly being ‘Emerging India’, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007. He has been awarded at Arad International Biennale of Art, Romania in 2005; ‘Honourable mention’ - 10th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh in 2002 and ‘Honorable Mention’ - 42nd National Exhibition of Art by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2000. He has also been working on site/theme specific art events using installations, dance and photography focusing on social-cultural concerns.


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Chandrima Bhattacharyya

Chandrima Bhattacharyya

Biography

Born in 1963. After graduating from Kala Bhavan,Viva Bharati University, Santiniketan, Chandrima participated in many prestigious exhibitions and workshops in India and abroad. She has held her solo shows at Kolkata in 2006 & 1993; Vadodara in 2004; New Delhi in 2001 & 1997. She is going to hold her forthcoming solo show at New York in 2008. She has also participated in 3 two person shows at Santiniketan, Kolkata& Mumbai. Besides this she participated in many group shows in India and abroad. She lives and works in Santiniketan.

Statement

‘I paint because that’s what I would rather do, (apart from reading good fiction and listening to music) than anything else, unless it’s dreaming. Dreams and nostalgia are where I first rooted my paintings. I used to do drawings in ink when I began in 1989 to work (painting/drawing) in earnest. I soon found I revel in bringing out the textures, nay, the essential sensory feel of objects. Thenceforward I gradually changed from black & white ink drawings to drawings in coloured inks and then to water colours on paper to acrylic on canvas. My present body of works is in acrylic on canvas, but the method resembles that of my earliest work, i.e. drawing in ink on paper. Actually I weave my innermost passions and aspirations fears and sorrows, through sensuous lines and textures and surfaces into complicated compositions. I like to think they are inspired from the Persian and Mughal miniature paintings and my personal dreams that are mostly nightmares. Often reality and dream flow into one another and boundaries are blurred by realistic elements – the starry sky, the checkered floor, a gliding snake, etc. Some elements like cats, snakes, exotic flowers, cacti, etc. seem to recur in most paintings and I suppose they define the underlying essence of my work, which is essentially the sense of wonder and mystery that pervades our otherwise ordinary lives. Cats appear very human to me, so they take on a sinister or wily or sometimes an iconic aspect in my paintings. For me they are essential feminine creatures, often silent, enigmatic and mysterious creatures of the night that invade into private spaces of the protagonists. Snakes too hold a fascination for me with their silent gliding movements their inherent sense of unknown threat to our well - being. They are the stuff of nightmares, ominous, yet so dazzlingly beautiful. My paintings are narrative, but not obviously so. The structure is abstract. The elements appear as though randomly put together; actually they are structured like dreams or even, life itself… one thing following the other in no expected or planned pattern, like incidents in life or dreams often do. And I think that as a woman, my insecurities and fears too come through as the darker elements in my work. Perhaps the snake, the cat, the sinuous branches and leaves shaped like human hands, the night sky, etc. are the elements that haunt my dreams and paintings alike. The present body of my works are woven around my concept of the middle aged woman; i.e. the woman about to be toppled from the prime of her life. This woman is lonely; she is yearning for a second youth, hence the heightened awareness of her body, her dress verging on the ridiculous, and her strong beautiful face showing the first telltale signs of age. I see in her the co-existence of the pathetic and the triumphant, the insecure and the courageous. She’s the ordinary typical woman who’s striving to have a life of her own apart from her family and binding responsibilities. Sometimes she’s hiding behind a mask and at others she’s trying to tart herself up in bold costumes. ‘She’s the victim, she’s the star’ and she’s trying to break free.’

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Debraj Goswami

Debraj Goswami

Biography

In a photorealistic manner, Debraj constructs an image that narrates the negotiations between knowledge of Art and its twisted interpretations. Born 1973 in Serampore, West Bengal, Debraj presently lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat. He completed his BFA from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (1997) and MFA from M.S.U, Baroda (1999). He has had three solo shows of his works at ‘Recycled masterpieces’, New Delhi & ‘My Experience with Half Truth’, Mumbai in 2006 and ‘Don't / Please Take it otherwise’, Mumbai in 2001. He has participated in several group shows across India and abroad prominent being ‘Emerging India’, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007, 6th Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennale, Bhopal in 2004; ‘F-N_FN’ Auction by Neville Tuli, NCPA, Mumbai (2003), 4th Egyptian Print Triennale, Egypt (2003). He has received the Charles Wallace (India) Trust fellowship to work and visit in UK in 2001.


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Farhad Hussain

Farhad Hussain

Biography

Born 1975 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Farhad completed his B.F.A in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in 2003 and M.F.A in Painting from M.S.University, Baroda in 2005. He has held his solo show at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda in 2005. He has participated in many group shows nationally and internationally at Singapore & Hong Kong in 2006. Currently he lives and works in New Delhi. He has received Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship from M.S.University, Baroda in 2004. He has also awarded the most promising artist by India Habitat Centre in 2006. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Gautam Mukherji

Gautam Mukherji

Biography

Born 1960 in Calcutta, Gautam have not received any formal education of Art. He has held 12 Solo exhibitions and 6 two men shows all over India. Since 1987, he has participating in many group shows including U.K, U.S.A., Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Malaysia and also in auction held at Mumbai & New York in 2003 & 2004. He has received many Awards and Scholarships including the best designer and best artist of A.I.C.C Award, Mumbai in 1995; Best Portrait Award from Bharatiya Samskriti Samsad in 1999; Gold medal in Kangawa World Art Exhibition, Japan in 1997. He lives and works in Mumbai.


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Gouri Vemula

Gouri Vemula

Biography

Born in 1972, Gouri has completed her BFA in Painting from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and MFA in Print Making from Sarojini Naidu School of Arts, Hyderabad University, Hyderabad. She has also done a Master’s course in drawing from Shri. Vijaymahantesh Lalit Kala Mahavidhyalaya, Hubli, Karnataka. She has had her solo shows in Minaz Art Gallery, Hyderabad in 2003 and Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi in 2001. She has also participated in many group shows including the 5th & 6th Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of Print Making, Bhopal in 2002 & 2004. She is a recipient of several Awards including the 74th National AIFACS Award in 2002; 43rd National Exhibition of Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at 2001. She lives and works in Hyderabad.


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Jignasha Ojha

Jignasha Ojha

Biography

Born in 1979 in Baroda, Gujarat, she has completed her B.F.A and M.F.A in painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 2001 & 2003 respectively. She has received the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award by the Commonwealth Foundation, London in 2007; National Scholarship by Ministry of Human Resources Development, New Delhi in 2004 and Working Scholarship by Kanoria Art Center, Ahmedabad in 2003. She has also received the Nasreen Mohammedi Scholarship from Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda in 2001. She has participated in many group shows including ‘Emerging India’ at the Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London organised by Art Alive Gallery, Delhi in 2007 besides showing in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Baroda. Her works are in collection of Devi Art Foundation among others. She presently lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat.




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Lavanya Mani

Lavanya Mani

Biography

Born in 1977, Lavanya studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda (MFA). She has participated in many group shows in Baroda, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, and Paris. She have been recipient of many Awards namely Kashi Award for Visual Art by Kashi Art Galley, Cochin in 2006; Junior Research Fellowship from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi in 2003-2005; Nasreen Mohammedi Award for Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts MSU Baroda in 2001. She lives and works in Baroda.


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Laxman Aelay

Laxman Aelay

Biography

Born 1964 in Kadireni Gudem, Nalgonda District, Andhra Pradesh. Laxman acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from J.N.T.U., College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad in 1996. His major breakthrough was his first solo show in Hyderabad, ICCR Art Gallery in 1999 followed by ‘Charismatic Contours’, New Delhi in 2004; ‘Song of the Village’, Chennai in 2005 and ‘Moods and Colours’, Singapore in 2006. Some of his major group shows are ‘A Part of the Habitat’, New York & ‘Art for freedom’, Washington D.C. in 2007; ‘International Biennial of Contemporary Art’ represented for India at Florence, Italy in 2005; ‘Art for Concern’ auction conducted by CHRISTIE'S, Mumbai in 2005 & 2004; International Group Shows in Denmark with Indian & Danish Artists in 2003; ‘Tradition to Modernity Fulda’, Germany in 2001; ‘TANA’, Chicago, U.S.A. in 1995. He is a recipient of Gold Medal by Konaseema Chithrakala Parishath, Andhra Pradesh in 1993. He lives and works in Hyderabad.

Statement

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M.Pravat

M.Pravat

Biography

Pravat has completed his BFA and MFA in Painting from M.S.University, Baroda in 2002 and 2004 respectively. He has had two solo exhibitions ‘In-Depth’ and ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ both at New Delhi in 2007 & 2006. He has also participated in several group shows including ‘Team Unteamed-11’, ‘Full Circle’ at New Delhi in 2007 & 2006; ‘Instilling Life’, ‘Art and Soul’, ‘Trangress’ at Mumbai in 2007 & 2005; ‘Generation-To and Fro’ at Baroda in 2005. He has received Nasreen Mohammadi Scholarship from Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda in 2001 and also awarded by West Bengal Rajyacharukala, Kolkata in 1997. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Mahula Ghosh

Mahula Ghosh

Biography

Born 1973 in West Bengal, Mahula completed her BFA & MFA from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan in 1994 & 1996. She has held her solo show titled ‘Timescape’ at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata in 2004. She has also exhibited her works in several group shows across India and abroad. Some of her selected group shows are ‘‘Making history our own’ presented by ‘Sahmat’ in 2007; ‘Edge of Reality’, New York in 2006; ‘Young Contemporaries’ curated by Jogen Chowdhury at New Delhi in 2002; ‘Spring’, Amsterdam in 1999. She has received a Junior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi from 2000-2002 and the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi during 1995-97. She has also made a Documentary film on ‘Painted Sail Boat on the River Ganga’ in 2003. She lives and works in New Delhi.


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Manjari Chakravarti

Manjari Chakravarti

Biography

Manjaris works fore mostly are verbiage of thoughts, where the text and forms move beyond their perceptual meanings offering a more challenging and enriching experience in production and perception of meaning. Trained as a printmaker and having experimented with various mediums: etching, pen and ink drawings, paper assemblage, papier mache and recently acrylic on canvas; she almost sculpts in paint to bring out a fantastic texture and three- dimensionality.

Born in 1963, Manjari Chakravarti received her B.F.A. (1988) and M.F.A. (1990) in an earthly environment of Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan with subjects: Printmaking and Art History.

She has received several Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships, prominent among which are Junior Fellowship for Outstanding Artists in the Field of Visual Arts, by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources Development (1998-99); UGC National Level Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship [NET] (1991); Awarded for writing and illustrating a book Green is beautiful, by Childrens Book Trust, New Delhi (1990); National Merit Scholarship, by the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (1988); Roopkrishna Book Award, Kala Bhavan, for highest aggregate in the first year of specialization (1985) and Kala Bhavan Merit Scholarships consecutively for five years (1984-88) and in 1990.

She has held her solo exhibitions at Art Heritage, New Delhi (1994); Galerie 88, Kolkata (1999) and Ecriture at Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata (2007). Among the long list of her participations in group shows, camps and art events, held in different parts of the country and internationally, prominent are Synchrome 4 organized by Akar Prakar, Kolkata and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai (2008); Mission Greenscape, organized by BNHS Art Auction House, Mumbai (2008); Art Camp at Egypt and Istanbul organized by Gandhara Art Gallery (2007) * Art Workshop for Children at Khoj (2007)l; Emerging India, held at Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, organized by Art Alive, New Delhi (2007); Surfaces and Textures, by Ganges Art Gallery and Gallery Espace (2007); Intimate Thoughts, Pristine Fables, a Group show curated by Pranabranjan Roy, presented by Aakar Prakar Art Gallery, Kolkata (2007); Novel Notations: A Diverse Spectrum of Subjectivities, at Hyderabad (2006); Versions: Artists of West Bengal, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata (2005); Time and Space, by Benson & Hedges and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai and Galerie 88, Kolkata (1999); Reaching Out. Six Artists from Bengal, Toronto, Canada (1998); Found Object, Metamorphosed Object, Workshop conducted by Iwan Koschmider (Germany), Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata (1997); Participated in International Exhibition of Illustrators of Children's Books, World Book Fair, Bologna, Italy (1992); 1st and 2nd International Biennale of Prints, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1991 & 1989); Young Indian Printmakers, a Group Show, at CMC Art Gallery, New Delhi (1988)

Her works are part of several prestigious public and private collections in India, Japan, USA, UK, Germany, France, Czechoslovakia and other countries.

She presently works and lives in Santiniketan, West Bengal.


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Mohan Malviya

Mohan Malviya

Biography

Born 1969 in Ratanpur, Madhya Pradesh. Mohan did his BFA from Deolalikar Kala Vithika, College of Art, Indore, Madhya Pradesh in 1995. His solo shows include “Ekadash” at New Delhi in 2003 and “Yatra” at Bhopal in 2000. He has been a part of around 30 group shows in India and abroad. He has also participated in many camps in different parts of India. He is a recipient of Ravi Jain Memorial Award, New Delhi in 2004 and Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, New York in 2004. He lives and works in Delhi.


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Murali Cheeroth

Murali Cheeroth

Biography

Born 1966 Thrissur, Kerala, completed both his BFA and MFA from Kala Bhawan, Santiniketan in 1992 and 1995 respectively.

His has held his solo shows at Ahmadabad presented by Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 2000 and at Maharashtra in 2000 & 2001. He has held 3 two-man shows at Cochin in 2007 & 2003 and 1 at Ahmadabad in 1997.

He has participated in over 20 group shows across India and aboard, lastly featuring at Emerging India, presented by Art Alive Gallery at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2007.

He has received many Awards including State Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1997-98; Kanoria Scholarship for Print Making in 1997; Cultural Scholarship by Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, and New Delhi during 1993-95. He lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka.




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Nandini Goud

Nandini Goud

Biography

Born in 1967. Daughter of a senior and renowned artist, Laxma Goud obtained her Bachelor's degree in painting as well as her Master's degree in printmaking, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda in 1989 and 1993 respectively. She has held her solo shows at New Delhi in 1992; Bangalore in 1994 and Mumbai in 1998. She has also participated in many group shows in Hyderabad and New Delhi. She has been awarded with National scholarship as well as junior fellowship from Department of culture, Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, New Delhi in 1995 and 1998.She lives and works in Hyderabad.


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Neeraj Bakshi

Neeraj Bakshi

Biography

Born in 1970. Neeraj completed his BFA from Kashmir University in 1992 .He held his first solo show at IIC, New Delhi in 1995. Thereafter in 1998 he held a solo show abroad in Nairobi, Kenya, Academy of Fine Arts in 2000 and Art Alive in 2004. He has to his credit several group shows in India and abroad. Neeraj is recipient of many prestigious grants like the Creative Fund Grant, Luxemburg in 1995 and INLAKS Grant, London in 1997. He has also received fellowship award from ministry of H.R.D. for outstanding artist in 1996-1997. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Nupur Kundu

Nupur Kundu

Biography

Born 1975 in New Delhi, Nupur did her BFA in painting from College of Art, New Delhi. Solo shows of her work have been held at Art Alive and Art Indus in New Delhi as well as in Mumbai, Hyderabad and other metros. She has also participated in several group exhibitions in India. Apart from exhibiting in India, her works have traveled to Dubai, Singapore, USA and Mauritius. She also conducts workshops in painting and is an active participant at art camps and workshops held in various parts of the country and overseas. Nupur lives and works in New Delhi.


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Pampa Panwar

Pampa Panwar

Biography

Born in 1965, Pampa completed her B.F.A. in Painting from Kala-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan in 1982-87 and M.F.A. in Printmaking from M.S. University, Baroda in 1987-89. She received a Commonwealth Scholarship to Study at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1991-93 where she received an M.A. in Fine Art. She has also conducted workshops at Leeds City Art Gallery in UK and at art centers in New Delhi. She was the artist-in-residence at CAMAC, Centre d’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, France in 2001. She has held nine solo shows at New Delhi in 2003, 2004, 2001 & 1994; France in 2001; Kala-Bhavana, Santiniketan in 2001 & 1996 and Heath Street Gallery and Royal Overseas League, London in 1993. She has participated in numerous group shows. She has been awarded with Junior Research Fellowship in Visual Art, by Department of Culture, Govt. of India in 1996-98, Lalit Kala Academi, Scholarship in 2001 and French Govt. Scholarship for Residency at CAMAC, France in 2001. She lives and works in Santiniketan.

Statement

‘Day-to-day living in Santiniketan and observing nature in close quarters;the changing mood of the time cycle blended with the present-day sensibility to form the texture of the canvas. Initial motivation was to capture the tangible/ intangible sensations from fleeting experiences. An affinity with rhythm in relation to colour and light plays a significant role. With rhythm comes the time cycle - the variation between seasons. It is an image of the months without actually resembling one – a representation; not a depiction.…a process of distillalation that encapsulates the essence. Also, the co-relation of the self-existing in this shifting time cycle.… technological language of the time overlapping with essential painterly sensibility.’

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Partha Shaw

Partha Shaw

Biography

Born 1971 in Kolkata, Partha completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan in 1992 and Master’s in Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati, Kolkata in 1994. He has held solo shows of his work at Kolkata and New Delhi besides participating in many group exhibitions held in different parts of India and abroad including those at Mumbai, Bangalore and London. Partha has toured extensively and taken part in important art camps and workshops. His work is held by collectors in various parts of India and abroad. Partha lives and works in Kolkata.


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Pooja Iranna

Pooja Iranna

Biography

Born in New Delhi in 1969, she completed her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in painting from College of Art, New Delhi in 1991 and 1995 respectively. After starting with the solo show, 'Paper Works', New Delhi in 1996, Pooja has held 'House Of Cards', New Delhi in1999, 'Reflections', London in 2002 and 'Metamorphic Mathematics', Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi in 2003-2004, besides participating in several group shows in India and abroad which include 'Towards Abstraction', New Delhi in 2005; 'Negotiating Matters/s', New Delhi in 2005 and 43rd National Exhibition, Bangalore in 2001. Pooja received a Junior Fellowship in 1998-1999 and a National Scholarship 1992-95, by the Government of India and is also the recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Award in 2002 and Garhi Grant by Lalit Kala Academi in 2003-2004.She lives and works in New Delhi.


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Poushali Das

Poushali Das

Biography

Born 1974 in Calcutta, She completed her B.F.A. in painting from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 2002 and M.F.A Painting from M.S.University, Baroda in 2004. Her first solo show was held at Gallery Art Resource Trust at Mumbai in 2005 and second show at Gallery Espace in 2006. She has also participated in several group shows including ‘Beyond Credos: Painting in Baroda Today’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture at Kolkata; ‘Celebrating Indian - III’ organized by ‘TRYO’ this show travelled to Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai in 2007; “ Unfoolding Grace” at Baroda; “Sense ‘N’ blend” , New Delhi in 2006. She has received Junior Research Fellowship from Ministry of Culture, Government of India in 2004 and Nandalal Bose Scholarship from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1998. She lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat.


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Prasanta Sahu

Prasanta Sahu

Biography

Born 1968 in Orissa, Prasanta completed his B.F.A. in Painting from Kala-Bhavana, Visva- Bharati University, Santiniketan in 1993-98 and M.F.A. in Painting from M.S. University, Baroda in 1998-2000. He has been a part of several group shows in Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Baroda during the last few years. He was awarded the Gold Medal for securing 1st position in Dept. of Painting, M.S. University, Baroda in 2001, Nasreen Mohmudi Trust Award again for securing 1st position in M.F.A. from the same University, in 2000, Camlin Award for securing 1st position at B.F.A. level at Kala- Bhavana, Santiniketan in 1997. He was awarded 1st prize at the Eastern Print Biennale, by Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Kolkata in 1995. He has also received National Scholarship of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Govt. of India in 1996-98. He lives and works in Santiniketan.

Statement

Behind our perception lies a definite act of choice, of choosing to look at images from behind a personal experience database. What we see is transformed by what we know and vice versa. Mechanical interventions have made a remarkable impact on human perception- looking at an enlarged close-up of some small insect in a magazine like National Geographic or looking at a 60’ by 40’ print of a human face in a cinema hoarding changes the usual knowledge/ information about them. It opens another world in front of human eye. The world of both the macro and the micro has been made available to human intervention and interpretation. A tiny square inch of human skin enlarged a hundred times transforms into a different kind of visual which may look like a geographical map or even a piece of fabric. It breaks into a floating mass of strokes and in a close-up view constructs an image within itself. Once the photographic image is selected it is modified and reworked upon, the original image may be recognizable, but when split through enlargement and mapped on canvas on a huge scale, becomes a visual oriented survey documentation/record. In the process it retains the outer shape and the inside details are transformed into abstract motifs. I call this integrated disintegration. Engaging the self to paint over all these details is a mind locking exercise or a slavish act and the final visual along with the whole process may be considered a metaphor for the monotony and repetitions in daily life, the obsessions related with unexposed areas of human mind, youth, sex, physical transformation, & the temporal existence of things.

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Pratul Dash

Pratul Dash

Biography

Employing defined perspective leading to empty horizons with minimal objects; Pratul experiments with variety of artistic medium expressing his critical engagement with civilizational models. Born 1974 in Orissa, Pratul presently lives and works in Ghaziabad, U.P. [Delhi vicinity]. He did his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Arts & Crafts in Bhubaneswar and MFA in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi. He was invited for a residency at UNIDEE Cittadelarte, Italy in 2004 which culminated in a solo show there. Other solo exhibitions to his credit include at New Delhi in 2007, 2003 & 2001 and Rashtriya Lalit Kala Academy, Bhubaneswar in 1995. He has also participated in numerous group shows, to mention a few: ‘Proxy Horizon’, ‘Desaturation’ in New Delhi, 2008; ‘Walk the Line’, in Zurich, Switzerland, 2008; ‘Emerging India’, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007, ‘Digressing Domains’ in new Delhi, 2006, ‘Shifting Focus’ in London, 2006 several others. He has received several awards including the M.F. Hussain Award from College of Art, New Delhi; Silver Jubilee Award of Utkal University, Orissa, 11th All India Exhibition Award of South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur; and the Annual B.K. College of Art & Crafts, Award, amongst others.


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Rahim Mirza

Rahim Mirza

Biography

Born 1969 in Bhopal, Rahim is specialized in Graphics print making from Bharat Bhavan in 1996. He has held his solo shows at Mumbai in 2006 & 2000; New Delhi in 2005; Hyderabad in 2002 and Ahmedabad in 2001. He has also participated in several group shows in India and abroad. He has received Junior Fellowship and National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, New Delhi. His other accolades include Raza Foundation Award, New Delhi in 2005; M.P. State Award, Bhopal in 1997; AIFACS Award, New Delhi in 1996 and Raza Award, Madhya Pradesh in 1995. He lives and works in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Statement

“Japa” is a sort of Metaphysical obsession in my work, of which I myself was not consciously aware it remained for the eminent painter, Syed Haider Raza, to open my doors of consciousness, and provide my canvasses with a sense of belonging to the worlds, with a past and a tradition. This perhaps is one notable significance of my life.Art for me is un-ending discovery. In our tradition instinct is the foundation of all medition. I am no saint and all my work is an outcome of forays into the daunting realm of truth and my limited comprehension of it. My association with leaf began as a coincidence, through which, I new seek larger truths of life, I known that the artist has to do it all alone, as he loves, and he dies!

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Rajan Fulari

Rajan Fulari

Biography

Born 1971 in Siolim,Goa. Rajan completed his B.F.A. in Painting from Goa College of Fine Arts, Panaji in 1992 and M.F.A. in Graphics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda in 1995. He was a lecturer in Goa College of Fine Art, Panaji in 1995-2001 and also taught Drawing & Painting at Academy of Fashion Studies, New Delhi in 1996. He has held his solo shows at New Delhi in 2000, 1998 & 1996; Mumbai in 1999 & 1998; at Goa in 1995 & 1993; at Aurangabad in 1994. He has participated in over 25 group shows across India and aboard. He has been awarded by Goa State Art Exhibition-Painting, Panaji in 1989-98; Millennium All India Art Exhibition (A.I.F.A.C.S.) New Delhi in 2001; Glasgow-Mumbai Link Program (British Council & Glasgow Print Studio) U.K. in 2002 among others. He lives and works in New Delhi.


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Rajmahamad

Rajmahamad

Biography

Born 1975 in Ahmadnagar, Maharashtra. He has done his BFA from Government School of Art, Aurangabad in 1998 and MFA from M.S University, Baroda in 2001. He has participated in several group shows in Mumbai including The Second Coming ‘The Quotable Stencil Part Two’, in 2005; ‘Present Future’ in 2005; ‘Artist Proof’ in 2003; ‘The Quotable Stencil’, in 2002 and ‘In Pursuit of Individual Impression’, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi in 2000. He has participated in Fifth Bharat Bavan International Biennale of Print in 2001 and 43 National Exhibition New Delhi in 2000. He has received Lalit Kala Academy scholarship in 2003-2004 and Maharashtra State Award in 2001. He lives and works in Mumbai.


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Ravi K

Ravi K

Biography

Born 1972 in Khammam, Andhra Pradesh. Ravi has completed his B.F.A. in Painting from Andhra University, Vishakapatnam in 1997 and M.F.A Painting from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharathi University, Santiniketan in 1999. He has also got a special training on Mural paintings from Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan in 2006. He has held his solo shows in Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, and Santiniketan. He had also participated in many group shows in India and Abroad. He has received National Scholarship by Human resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi in 2000-2002; Merit Award by Department of Fine arts, Andhra University, Visahakapatnam in 1997 among others. He lives and works in Vishakapatnam.


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Reji K.P

Reji K.P

Biography

Born 1972 in Kerala, Reji has completed his BFA & MFA in Painting from M.S. University, Baroda in 1998 & 2000 respectively. He has held 4 solo shows Since then, he has participated in many solo shows ‘Just Above My Head’, Mumbai in 2006; Bangalore in 2001; Show curated Nirali Lal, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 2000 and Kerala in 1999. He has participated in several group exhibitions in various places like Bangkok, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara & Kochi. He lives and works in Baroda, Gujarat.


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Rima Kundu

Rima Kundu

Biography

Born in 1974. Rima completed her BVA in Printmaking from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 1997 and MFA in Printmaking from M.S University, Baroda in 1999. She has participated in more than 17 exhibitions across India and abroad including USA & Srilanka. Rima is a young artist who received Elizabeth Green Shields Award in Print Making, Canada in 1999. Rima lives and works in Santiniketan.


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S.K.Sahajahan

S.K.Sahajahan

Biography

Born in 1974. Sahajahan is a young contemporary artist .Graduated with an advanced diploma in fine arts from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan in 1999. His solo exhibition includes “Life & Time” organized by Sarjan Art Gallery ,Vadodra in 2006; Akar Prakar Art Gallery, Kolkata in 2005 ; ‘Nature Love, and Violence’ at Nandan Art Gallery Santiniketan in 2004 ,held many group shows in India and abroad including Kolkata, Mumbai, New York, Bangladesh, Nepal in 2006. Besides this he participated in many other group shows in different places like Hyderabad, Kolkata, and New Delhi from 1995-2004. He has been awarded with Avantika Award, Bronze medal, New Delhi in 1998 and Merit Scholarship from Kala-Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, 1993-98. He lives and works in Santiniketan.

Statement

‘Presently the subject’s of my paintings include the surroundings world and universal Contemporary events which I get to know from different electronics media, News paper etc. They disturb me in different way’s which directly or indirectly affect my paintings. On the other hand reality of human life-excess expectation resulting into lack of balance in our present societies violent behaviour on part of its occupants locally and globally are my other concern which directly or indirectly affect my concerns and find expressions on the canvases through symbolic means. These concerns of mine get expressed through a representational style and language that is specifically of my own. My basic forms include human figures, large size human portraits presenting different expressions through the means of bold lines, textural variations. Some titles that I have used to identify my works are --- “Best to close your eyes”, “Dramatic forms”, “Time hunting”, “Weights of media”, “Games of life”, “Effects of media”, “Social violence” “life of Jhoparpatti”, “Untitled relationship” etc. My favorite medium remains to be mixed media that compiles acrylic paint, oil pastel, dry pastel, conte, charcoal, oil paint, water colour so on and so forth in variable combinations. And finally in a last word I would like to say that my paintings are messages of social consciousness, my concern for the society I live in but my works also present fancies and fantasies which one might not expect to come across the real would.’

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Samit Das

Samit Das

Biography

Born 1970 in Jamshedpur, Bihar. Samit completed his BFA and MFA from Kala Bhavan,Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, in 1994 & 1996 respectively, he also did an associate students P.G program from Book Art Department in Camber well College of Arts, London in 2001-2002. He held his solo shows at gallery88, Kolkata in 2007 and also a solo photography show with Apparao Gallery, New Delhi in 2007, ‘Bricks without full stop’s at Ruia house, Mumbai Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2005 and has participated in various group shows in India and abroad. He has received various scholarships including national scholarship in 1996-1998 and also junior fellowship from government of India in 1998-2000. He lives and works in Delhi.


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Sanjeev Sonpimpare

Sanjeev Sonpimpare

Biography

Born in Mumbai in 1969 and completed his Graduation from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai in 1993.His solo exhibitions include Skeptics, Mumbai 2004, 2005, Ireland in 2000, ‘Recycled’, Mumbai in 1998. Group shows include ‘Are we like this only?, New Delhi in 2005, Bombay Boys, New Delhi in 2004, Bombay X 17, Kerala in 2004, ‘The Idea and Images VI’, Mumbai in 2004, ‘Contemporary Impressions from India’, Nepal in 2004, ‘Art and Technology’, Mumbai in1997 and ‘Mirrorwall, Mumbai in 1996.He was awarded with the UNESCO-ASCHBERG Award residency artists work programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 2000 and Solomon Abraham first prize for Watercolour Portraiture in 1989.He lives and works in Mumbai


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Shalina S Vichitra

Shalina S Vichitra

Biography

Born in 1973, Shalina did her BFA & MFA from College of Art, Delhi in 1996 & 1998 respectively. She has held her solo shows at Delhi in 2007 & 2005 and at Art Inc in 2000. Besides these she participated in 23 group shows across India and Abroad. She is a recipient of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi in 1996 and Swapan Biswas Award, College of Art, Delhi in 1996. She lives and works in Delhi.

Statement

‘What are maps? Representations of this world as cartographers see it and imagine it too be. They hold within themselves codes of construction, the physical world from a given point of view. I neither try to guide or prescribe that literally, but encourage the viewer/s to find their own way around the physical space. I draw inspiration from geographical places / geographies and my experiences with them. Having lived and studied art in an urban metropolis and traveled extensively in remote areas of Ladakh, my work/s reflects this stark contrast. At one level I draw out imaginary plans for the urban city arranging them in grids, networks and zones, calibrating human identity, against vertical constructions in the urban sprawls. At the other, I imagine borders and countries, intermingling with tangible ones supported by seas, lakes and mountains and neighboring nations. They are random clumps of landmass, reconstructed and patched on to one surface; imagined entities not within any geopolitical net.’

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Sharmi Chowdhury

Sharmi Chowdhury

Biography

Born in 1974. She completed her BFA in Painting from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in 2003 & M.F.A. in Painting from M.S University Baroda in 2005. She has held her solo show at Sarjan Art Gallery Baroda in 2005. She has also participated in many group shows in Kolkata, Mumbai, Baroda and New York. She has won Camlin Art Award in 2003 and Nokia Art Award in 1998 and has received Kalabhavan merit scholarship in 1998 – 2002. She lives and works in Baroda.

Statement

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Shibu Arakkal

Shibu Arakkal

Biography

Born 1976.He is a Bangalore based photographer. He completed his B.F.A from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore, and done multimedia course from Edit Institute Bangalore. He participated in 'Ventipertrenta 04' -International festival of digital art, Italy in 2004, an artist camp for the Tsunami relief fund held at Gallery Sara Arakkal, Bangalore in 2005,The Arad International Biennale, Arad, Romania in 2005.,besides this he has participated in many group shows in Vishakapatanam, Bangalore and Mumbai during 2003-2004.and many other shows in India and abroad including “Impressions of India” held at the Pavilion, Singapore in 2006; “The Monsoon Chapter” held at Alliance Francaise De Delhi in 2006 and also in Lucknow, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore during 2005 and 2006.He lives and works in Bangalore.

Statement

‘My work begins with an idea and I have only recently discovered that it doesn't end with the completion of the work itself. The work itself, if not mostly abstract at least tends to lean towards abstraction in form or idea. I have in my early work, used a lot of architecture in not necessarily abstract forms but my work has continued to become increasingly abstract ever since then, although I feel there is still a strong style constant. I have tried to stay away from being known for a prominent style, as my inspirations are so very eclectic. Although I can't claim to have been extremely successful with this, it has fortunately resulted in a very diverse set of works. My work has also over the years seemed to drift from simplistic images to the minimalist, while all the time trying to weave a strong fabric of interwoven subtleties within the work itself. In trying to redefine perspective, my work has also lingered between great architecture and the usually unnoticed surroundings of our daily lives. This must be because of my struggle to define the word 'animate' for myself. After just having shown works from a series dealing with the curve as a form, in my current series, I have found my way back to straight lines and architectural forms of the kind with mirrored montages and graphic renditions.’

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Somenath Maity

Somenath Maity

Biography

Born 1960 in Contai, West Bengal. Somenath studied at the College of Visual Art under the guidance of Shuvaprasanna. He had done a diploma in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Art, Kolkata in 1980-85. He has held his solo shows at Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi. His works has also been exhibited in Germany, Sweden and UK. He has received several awards and scholarships including the AIFACS award and scholarship in 1995-02, Birla Academy Award and a Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India in 2002. He lives and works in Kolkata.


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T. M. Azis

T. M. Azis

Biography

Azis plays with the graphic value of an image, making viewing both an inquisitive and interrogative act. Born 1962 in Trichur, Kerala, Azis presently lives and works in Bangalore, Karnataka. He did his Bachelors from College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum (1987) and M.F.A from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi (1991). Starting up with the first solo show in 1986 in Trivandrum, he has held shows in Bangalore, Pondichery and Mumbai in 1999 in addition to his participation in over 40 group shows including ‘Emerging India’, presented by Art Alive Gallery and S.A. Fine Arts, London, held at London in 2007; 'The Magical Mystery Tour', Bangalore in 2002 ; 'Temples of the Mind-2' , New Delhi in 2002; '7th Harmony Show', Mumbai in 2002; 'Walls of memories', Bangalore in 2003; 'Quilted', Bangalore in 2003; 'Waterlines', New Delhi in 2003 including 10th Triennale in 2001 and First Biennale on Contemporary Arts, Arad, Romania in 2005. Awarded by 12th All India Exhibition of Art, Bangalore in 1989, Regional Art Exhibition, Chennai in 1992 and 25th State Exhibition of Art, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy in 1991.


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Uday Mondal

Uday Mondal

Biography

Born in 1976. Uday completed his BFA in Painting from the Indian Art College, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 1999 and MFA from MS University, Baroda in 2002. He has held two solo shows at Mumbai in 2005 and one at Baroda in 2001 and participated in many group shows in India and abroad. Uday is a young artist who has been awarded for his oil paintings from West Bengal State Academy and the Indian Art College, Kolkata in 1998 and 1997 respectively and also for his tempera painting by government of west Bengal in 1998 .He was also awarded with Sushila Devi Memorial medal by Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata in 1997. Uday lives and works in Baroda.


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Varunika Saraf

Varunika Saraf

Biography

Varunika has done her M.F.A (Painting) from University of Hyderabad and B.F.A (Painting), J.N.T.U. College of Fine Arts Hyderabad. She is currently pursuing M. Phil from School of Arts and Aesthetics JNU, New Delhi. She had participated in many group shows includes Kashi KAVA2 winner’s exhibition, 2006; Kalahita Gallery inaugural show, Hyderabad, 2006; Soft Spoken’ curated by Bose Krishnamachari, the Bombay art gallery Mumbai, 2007; and “A Walk of Art” at Daira Art Gallery, Hyderabad .She has won many awards including J.N.T.U. Merit Scholarship, 2000 University of Hyderabad Merit Scholarship, University of Hyderabad First Rank Medal Holder, Kashi Award for Visual Art by Kashi Art Galley, Cochin in 2006. She lives and works in New Delhi.


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Emerging India: Young Contemporaries

I am not saying that we are living the end of art:
we are living the end of the idea of modern art.

-Octavio Paz, Children of the Mire:
Modern Poetry from Romanticism to the Avant-Garde


If defining the contemporary is no longer the prerogative of the west in our post colonial and increasingly post nationalist present, the different takes on the contemporary become a central issue today. Much as we have come to distrust the binary logic in our postmodern era, placing contemporary Indian art in relation to trends in the west inevitably entails comparativism of sorts. If in the west, apocalyptic imagination about the end of art and art history periodically asserts itself; the Indian cultural scene envisions dreams of renewal and regeneration.

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