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Artist of The Day | Probir Gupta

Probir Gupta

The Raft: In Memory of Gericault and Noah

Canvas & Cotton (Quilt), Iron, Glass, Photograph, Iron Oxides and Acrylic




Born in Kolkata in 1960, Probir Gupta graduated from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata in 1981. He went on to study at École National Superiere de Beaux-arts, Paris on a two year French Government scholarship in 1982 and continued to live and work there till 1987. He participated in seminal National and International exhibitions such as Probir Gupta, Alexia Goethe Gallery, London, U.K (2008), At Half Mast, Bose Pacia, U.S.A, Nature Morte, Kolkata, India (2007), 4th St. Petersburg International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia (1999), Hommage to ARTAUD by 20 Contemporary artists, Eicher Gallery, New Delhi (1997), VIth Biennale, Bharat Bhavan (1995), Liberty of Maison des Cultures du Monde et Musée des Invalids, Paris (1990), Collective Exhibition in Brussels (1986) and Théâtre Renaud Barrault, Paris, France. His works were received well at the International Art Festival in Perth (2000). His first solo exhibition in France was held in Caen, Normandie in 1984, followed by a significant exhibition of his works at Palais Des Beaux-arts, Brussels in 1986. His last solo exhibition was held in 2010 at Nature Morte, Delhi. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

“My works generally speak of people, situations, politics, discrimination and marginalization. And over the years I have also been involved in sensitizing people towards these very important social situations.” – Probir Gupta

Crusading upon the follies engulfing our socio-political systems, Probir Gupta’s works confront the viewer with stark realities. His works are straightforward, rife with narratives of political struggles, activism and historical unfoldings.

The title of the work displayed at India Art Fair is “Sacred Cows and Surrogate Mothers in a Scrap Market”. The work is a photographic installation on archival canvas with painted parts in acrylic as well as relief structures jutting out. The artist has used multiple photographs taken of different kinds of market places and areas. He has juxtaposed these photographs one on top of the other creating an appearance of metallic skeletons. This work is a result of his long standing engagement with Mayapuri, i.e., the biggest scarp market of Delhi.

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